Friday, June 5, 2015

Weekend Bike Tour to and from Martha's Vineyard

Looking to get into bicycle touring? There are plenty of accessible weekend trips you can take right from the city. For example, this little gem from our touring expert, Evadne:

Bike Touring to and from Boston to Woods Hole
A relatively easy ride that offers scenic ocean views, riding through quiet Cape Cod neighborhoods, and riding on the Shining Sea Bike path. It also saves you the expense of parking your car in Woods Hole or paying to get your car on the island while giving you the option to have your bike on the island (one of the best ways to explore Martha's Vineyard). In addition, the convenience of the commuter rail creates two route options to choose from based upon the rider's preference on time on the road and experience level. 

Route A: 2 day ride (83 miles)
Day 1: 48 miles from Boston to Myles Standish State Forest
A more challenging ride through higher traffic areas to get outside the city. Also requires the rider to carry a tent and sleeping bag for camping at Myles Standish State Forest.
Day 2: 35 miles from Myles Standish State Forest to Woods Hole
A quieter ride through Cape Cod neighborhoods, scenic ocean views, and an awesome bike path. 

Route B: 1 day ride (42 miles)
This is a great ride that allows you to avoid bad roads and most high traffic areas of route A. 
Take the Commuter Rail from South Station to Plymouth
42 mile ride from Plymouth to Woods Hole

Tips and Tricks
  • Commuter Rail: Make sure to check that the time you want to take the commuter rail allows bikes. You don't need to pay extra for your bike, but bikes are only allowed during non-rush hour times and on weekends. 
  • Bourne Bridge: You will have to ride over Bourne Bridge to get to Cape Cod. Make sure to take the pedestrian path across the bridge. You do not want to ride across the bridge with cars, no matter how confident of a rider you are. It can be tricky to find, but there is signage up noting how to get on the pedestrian/ bike path. It is also worth
  • Ferry to and from the Vineyard: When purchasing a ticket for the ferry, you will also need to buy one for your bike. For more information on the Martha's Vineyard ferry visit Steamship Authority

To get back home from Woods Hole to Boston, just reverse the routes above!
For more tips on bike touring and gear, come by the shop. We'd be happy to hook you up!

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