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Cape Cod bike trails

A family takes advantage of a mild Cape Cod day by bonding over a bike ride. Photo by Stacey Hedman

“I like those roads,” she says of the route that includes Nashawena Street in West Falmouth, Quaker Road in North Falmouth, and Shore Road through the Bourne villages. “They’re relatively quiet and have somewhat of a rolling nature. You pass a lot of coves and different things to look at—lots of sailboats. And every so often you get a glimpse of the sea.”

Another favorite excursion for her is biking the Cape Cod Marathon route, a 26.2-mile trek through Falmouth that begins and ends on Main Street. (The actual race is run each October.) Painted numbers along the pavement tell you how far you’ve gone throughout the course.

“It’s a great ride for when you don’t want to think that much,” she says.

Those looking for a shorter ride that includes a ferry trip over to Martha’s Vineyard should consider Leach’s suggestion: the 14-mile round-trip route between the Steamship Authority ferry terminal in Oak Bluffs and downtown Edgartown. Bring your bikes over on the ferry or rent one near Oak Bluffs Harbor. Most of the bike trip is on a flat, designated bike path along the water.

“If you’re in halfway decent shape you can do it,” he says.

Donna V. Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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