This Weekend Offers A Really Great Ride

NBW #130 Cape Caper
Bourne – Monument Beach – Pocasset – Cataumet – Snug Harbor
North Falmouth – West Falmouth – Sippiwisset – Quissett
Woods Hole – WHOI – Falmouth – East Falmouth
Mashpee – Sandwich – Sagamore

25, 41 & 62 mile routes

Explore the Cape on quiet back roads. We will follow the Buzzard’s Bay shore to Woods Hole, then on to Falmouth, heading back past ponds and pine woods, finishing with a run along the Cape Cod Canal.

This route is a personal favorite, and everybody should ride it at lease once. It’s a route that mixes beautiful riding, and spectacular views. Ignore the complexity of the map, follow the arrows and enjoy the Cape off season. Leave the power bars and gels at home. Bring your wallet and have the real stuff, baked from scratch, Pie in the Sky Bakery (www.pieintheskywoodshole.com.) at at mile 22. You will not be disappointed. FYI – they have Gluten Free options. How many bakeries have bike racks and a bike pump ready for cyclists?

Pie In The Sky bakery at Woods Hole
Pie In The Sky bakery at Woods Hole

Everything you need to know about the ride is HERE

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

View from the Bourne Bridge that crosses the Cape Cod Canal.
View from the Bourne Bridge that crosses the Cape Cod Canal.

I offered to wrench and sweep a local fundraiser this past weekend. Keeping that in mind, all of my photos and videos are from the back of the pack and I wasn’t able to include many of those who raised the funds and rode for this great watershed cause.

2014 BUZZARDS BAY WATERSHED RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

The Southern Tier Bike Route

bridge to Ellavile a town that is no more

All the photos are HERE

Riding the Southern Tier was on my list for a long time.  The original plan was to ride it in October but I felt so good I moved it up to September 6th.  Issues popped up to force me to move it to early March then again to April 1st. That was set in stone and I was finalizing the plans. I had a chance to visit the Orlando area and while there, took a full day to check out the route and drive the first part that  has lots of tricky zig-zags, from Ocala to Gainseville.  From there it was a mix of Hwy 90 and some remote CRs (County Roads) to Tallahassee.    I found it very isolated and uninteresting after a while.  At the beginning it was pretty cool riding these country roads alone. Doing that for 30 days I’m sure would be very monotonous and has a high probability of me changing the first letter of my bucket list from a “B” to an “F”. What I realized is that I really like the short 8-12 day tours through much more populated areas.

After all that the new plan is to ride the Erie Canal this summer from Buffalo to Albany NY.  In the mean time, here are a few photos of the Southern Tier from Ocala to Monticello, Fla. The whole enchilada is on Flickr HERE

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