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Nine of us gathered at Stop & Shop in Fairhaven, MA for our 30 mile ride to the coastal villages of Mattapoisett and Marion. Both are small towns with populations of under ten thousand. Both are tourist destinations for those who love Cape Cod but find “the Cape” much too hectic. Falmouth is a fifteen minute boat ride from either town across Buzzards Bay. Mattapoinsett is where the well to do might summer and Marion is where the “very well to do” summer. For example, when we pulled in to a Cumberland farms convenience store there was also a group of five teens on bikes. One sported a Portland Timbers shirt and I asked if he was a fan and had ever been to a game. “Actually I live in Portland” was his response. One of his friends lived in Minnesota and another was from the Chicago area. All of them said they spend the summers in Marion sailing and playing soccer and lacrosse every day.
Back to the ride. It was a short ride to the center of Mattapoisett and one section had us portaging our bikes of some nasty rocky sections of the soon to be bike path extension. The extra work was well worth it when we came to the Mattapoisett River Bridge that was recently installed as part of the extension. The view was spectacular.
It was around 10 miles on the back roads to get to Marion Center. The traffic was very light and those who were sharing the roads gave us plenty of clearance.
The wharf in Marion was abuzz with Portland and Midwesterners preparing for their three hour cruises on Buzzards Bay.
After visiting the Marion Art Center we set off on our 15 mile ride back to Fairhaven. We threw in a quick lunch stop in Rochester, Ma to top off this near perfect day of bike riding.