Local Betty Field Trip: Biking the CCRT

Since you're on the Cape watching baseball, why don’t you stay over a bit and have some more all American fun? Actually, it’s more like, “why don’t you work off some of those scoops of ice cream from the various tastings you’ve managed to rationalize yourself into - hey it’s vacation, right?”

One of the best ways to do this either alone or with family is to enjoy the Cape Cod Rail Trail [CCRT]   Yes, unlike Hingham, the Cape has managed to turn their dusty ol’ train rail into something fun and physically beneficial. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a 22-mile paved path that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet passing through Harwich, Brewster, Orleans and Eastham. Along the way you can pick up the Old Colony Rail Trail that leads to Chatham {after all it wouldn’t hurt to just make one little stop at Buffy’s for one little scoop while you work it off}, the trails within Nickerson State Park and the Nauset Bike Trail leading to Coast Guard Beach. 

You can pick up the trail in many places, but if you didn’t bring your own bikes your best bet is to stop by any of the numerous bike rental places and get geared up and mapped out there. The trail is nicely paved, few hills and although there are quite a few crossings, they are well marked and drivers tend to be courteous of the bikers. It’s wide enough to ride side by side but a good rule of thumb if you have a gaggle of kids in tow is, “stay to the right” - that’s my screaming mantra every summer as I try to corral two boys careening down the path. In the summer it can be busy and I can only assume that it’s a challenge for those dedicated cyclists to actually maintain a consistent ride without having to brake for the onslaught of tandem bikes, toddler trailers and teens expressing some freedom.

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