Longtime cyclist Stace Beaulieu, who served on the Falmouth Bikeways Committee for six years, gets around that problem by riding early in the morning this time of year. She says this is especially important when it comes to bicycling along Route 6A, the historic, narrow, but especially beautiful two-lane road on the Cape’s north side that winds past old sea captain’s homes, expansive flowering trees, and stunning marsh views. “It’s challenging on roadways,” she says. “You should be relatively experienced to ride the roads.” If you’re inexperienced, check the bike route maps for more rider-friendly trails.
One of the West Falmouth resident’s favorite rides is on the Upper Cape through the Bourne villages of Cataumet, Pocasset, Monument Beach, and Mashnee Island. The route hugs Buzzards Bay, and pedaling along the causeway out to Mashnee Island makes “you feel exposed,” she says. “You’re just kind of out there in the wind.”