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Cape Cod Riding

We drove to Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod to ride the Shining Sea Bike Path to Wood’s Hole. We packed our sandwiches but did stop at the Marine Biological Institute for chips and coffee before dining on the outside seating area.

Today’s Video was filmed entirely with the Kodak Playsport Z5.Kodak-z5 It’s really a near perfect video camera to use while riding.  I have done quite a few projects for bike groups using this exclusively.  Tomorrow I’ll be filming with another camera.  Sunday I’m doing a project for the Tour de Creme ride and want to make sure everything is hunky dory.

 

 

2016 MAY SHINING SEA BIKE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

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Coffeeneuring Ride Wood’s Hole, MA

Coffee at Coffee Obsession in Wood's Hole, MA
Coffee at Coffee Obsession in Wood’s Hole, MA

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Follow my 2015 Coffeeneuring Challenge HERE

Week three of the Coffeeneuring Challenge.  CLICK HERE for the Garmin Connect route

I called for an 8:30 meeting for anyone who wanted to ride the Shining Sea Bike Trail a 10.5 mile rail to trail conversion from Falmouth to Wood’s Hole on Cape Cod, MA.  When any of us in our group put the word out for a ride we have no idea how many would show.  It could be a solo ride or a critical mass. Today was closer to the latter.

Steve had never done this ride, which as most rail to trail MUPs, are pretty secluded.  I took him off the path a couple of times to ride along the waterfront. The scenery is so much better, to say the least.

When we arrived at Wood’s Hole, I explained to many in the group about the coffeeneuring challenge. We’ll see how many new faces show from Quincy and other Massachusetts bike clubs. Many or should I say all but two riders, piled into the Pie In The Sky cafe.  Steve and I went to Coffee Obsession on Water St. Both have very good coffee with good Baristas.

For the return ride to Falmouth, many of us left the MUP to ride along the ocean and visit the Nobska Point Lighthouse.

Very crowded Pie in the Sky Cafe in Wood's Hole, MA
Very crowded Pie in the Sky Cafe in Wood’s Hole, MA
Overflow bike parking at Pie in the Sky Cafe. Wood's Hole, Ma
Overflow bike parking at Pie in the Sky Cafe. Wood’s Hole, Ma
Riding our bikes along Buzzard's Bay at Wood's Hole, MA
Riding our bikes along Buzzard’s Bay at Wood’s Hole, MA
Nice downhill leaving the light station at Wood's Hole
Nice downhill leaving the light station at Wood’s Hole
amidnightrider and the Nobska Point light station
amidnightrider and the Nobska Point light station
Ferry and Steve Prince
Ferry and Steve Prince
Nobska Point light station
Nobska Point light station
Ferry bound for Martha's Vineyard on Buzzards Bay at Wood's hole.
Ferry bound for Martha’s Vineyard on Buzzards Bay at Wood’s hole.
Approaching Nobska Point in Wood's Hole, Ma
Approaching Nobska Point in Wood’s Hole, Ma

Stormy Weather and Weekend Rides

The intent was to ride a few miles to a local animal shelter and do come comp work on the phone system.  The ride began with the sun shining, only a wisp of wind and warm temperatures. It wouldn’t take long to install the phones so breakfast was postponed till after the job was done.  A quick stop into a local super market for an apple to tide me over would be perfect.   Things changed very quickly and exiting the market I saw this.
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Storm Brewing
Storm Brewing

I needed 10 minutes to get into the city and that seemed like it would be cutting it close.  I stopped at the local McDonald’s to use their internet to check the weather.  It was going to be close but I decided to go for it.  Like the game show where you have money in your hand or you can risk it all for a grand prize.  The money in my hand was coffee at McDonalds or take a chance on crossing the river to Green Bean Cafe for a wonderful cappuccino and a blueberry scone.

The choice was easy.
The choice was easy.
Waiting out the storm
Waiting out the storm

While having coffee, I got a call that the phone system was up and working at the animal shelter and I had the day to myself.

I hadn’t been on the road bike since May.  There is a story to that but it’s not interesting.  I got old Gurtrude aka Yellow Bike ready for her first road ride since then.  We will tack on an additional 30 miles this afternoon just to kick start the mojo for some serious road riding over the next few weeks beginning tomorrow.

SATURDAY

Falmouth to Wood’s Hole on the Shining Sea bike trail.  Met at the parking lot on RT 151 #16 on this map.  Be there for an 8:30 AM start.

Saturday Ride on Cap Cod. The Shining Sea Bikeway

North Carolina couple visiting Cape Cod
North Carolina couple visiting Cape Cod riding the Shining Sea Bikeway

Shining Sea Bikeway.  Saturday morning.  Meet at 8:30 at the head of the trail off rt 151. #16 on THIS MAP. 10.5 miles each way with a short tour of Wood’s Hole and a coffee stop.

Wood’s Hole Coffeneuring

North Carolina couple visiting Cape Cod
North Carolina couple visiting Cape Cod

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CLICK HERE for all the photos of today’s ride.

The coffeneuring challenge begins next week and today’s pre challenge training ride couldn’t have been better.   The Shining Sea Bike Way is a ten mile paved Rail to Trail conversion from Falmouth to Woods Hole, Massachusetts.   Because these converted trails are usually isolated, it’s a good idea to get off the path and ride some of the local roads when possible.  The Shining Sea, being a coastal trail has some really spectacular scenery for the more astute riders who take a chance and leave the trail.

One block from the trail we came across sights like this.
One block from the trail we came across sights like this.
Off the Path
Off the Path

At the end of the trail is the town of Wood’s Hole.  The ferry terminal to Martha’s Vineyard is always bustling and the town has the typical quaint New England look and feel.  Woods Hole also host the National Marine Fisheries part of NOAA, and Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute.  Both are the mecca for marine biology and a visitor will hear a plethora of languages being spoken around those sites.  It’s also the home port of Robert Ballard who found the Titanic in 1985.

There is not a lot to see in Wood’s Hole, but that doesn’t preclude the place from being pretty spectacular.  On the trail I stuck up a conversation with a couple from North Carolina.  We began riding together, hit things off pretty good which allowed me to be their local guide to the Secret Places.  That being those places that a traveler would never experience without the aid and knowledge of a local.  A few years ago I had a local show me those secret places and today I got to share them with new friends. I did go off script in Wood’s Hole when I recommend they lunch at the very popular Pie in the Sky cafe.  We became separated on the trail just outside of Wood’s Hole before I could ask them to join me at the secret spot for lunch.  They dined at Pie in the Sky and I at the place that will remain one of the Secret Places.  We did meet up again after lunch for a tour of the town it’s scenic waterfront and harbor.

Harbor at Woods Hole
Harbor at Woods Hole
Oceanographic ship at Wood's Hole
Oceanographic ship at Wood’s Hole

And for my coffeeneuring challenge practice ride.

Coffee at the still secret place in Wood's Hole
Coffee at the still secret place in Wood’s Hole

All the photos of today’s rider are HERE