† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.
This tour is similar to those led by Ida Nystrom in mid-September of 2008, 2010 and 2013, but with two additional days.
Cape Cod is one of the largest barrier “islands” in the world, qualifying as an island since the construction of the Cape Cod Canal removed the remaining attachment to the land mass of Massachusetts. Cape Cod, the eastern-most arm of Massachusetts, is known for its pristine beaches, captivating history, and old-fashioned charm. Seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits Martha’s Vineyard, a jewel of an Island and with exceptional beauty. Bike paths separated from traffic crisscross the island, enabling cycling past cool forests, tranquil harbors, and pristine beaches, with mesmerizing views from the Aquinnah Cliffs. Nantucket is a small island of only 14 miles in length and 3.5 miles side, and with its lovely cobblestoned streets, its dune-covered beaches and its beautiful architecture—transports you back to the 19th Century.
You will pedal through tidy villages, past gray-shingled cottages, and along beaches, kettle ponds, and rivers. Cape Cod and Islands have some of the nation’s best bird sanctuaries. This tour encompasses what many regard as the best of these three islands’ unique landscapes and seaside character. A diversity of scenery, cycling routes, and distinctive accommodations allow you to experience Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in comfort and style.
During our tour in mid-September called the “Golden Season,” the weather is generally the best, the summer holiday crowds are gone, and the traffic is light.
Here is a summary of the itinerary:
Days 1-2: We are in Hyannis, the hub of Cape Code. Our first recommended ride is a historical tour of Hyannis. You can visit the John F. Kennedy Museum, the church where the Kennedy family worshiped and donated the altar to honor the Kennedy’s oldest son and the cemetery where many Kennedy’s are buried. Visit the history museums of Osterville and Centreville. You will ride along beaches, lakes, and past one of many ponds named ‘Long Pond.” In Centerville, visit the Centerville Pie Restaurant, made famous by Oprah Winfrey, who was presented two of their pies at Ethel Kennedy’s funeral. You will be cycling along many waterways with views that will delight. The other recommended route is the part of the Cape Cod Rail Trail that we will not have an opportunity to ride. It may be combined with the first recommended route for a longer ride.
Day 3-4: On Day 3, we bike from Hyannis to Woods Hole, home of the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanography Institute. Cycle along the ocean front on the “Shining Sea” bike path, a name taken from “American the Beautiful”, written by a local from Falmouth, Katherine Lee Bates. There are three recommended routes to tour Falmouth.
Days 5-6: We leave Woods Hole by ferry to Oaks Bluff in Martha’s Vineyard, known for its picturesque gingerbread cottages. Here you may cycle to the Aquinnah Cliffs and revel in the panoramic view of the sea stretched out before you. During past BAC tours, some rode a bus there and cycled back or vice versa. Before returning to Oak Bluffs, we urge you to cycle the bike paths of Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, a 5000-acre pine and scrub oak forest crisscrossed by bike and walking trails. The second ride takes you east along a bike trail and then to the ferry to Chappaquiddick Island, a ferry that is always “on time” since it does not have a schedule. Here you can visit Mytoi Japanese Garden, a tranquil experience. On your return, visit the old whaling town of Edgartown.
Days 7-9: Nantucket. Ride the 35 miles of separated bike paths. One ride goes south to Madaket Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Nantucket. On your return visit Cisco Brewery, a favorite watering spot, and creator of Nantucket’s microbrews, wines and spirits. The second recommended route goes east on a separated bike path towards Siasconset (pronounced “Sconset’), a quaint village with tiny rose-covered cottages. A most-popular activity of previous tours and included within your costs is a guided van-tour through the rolling dunes and undeveloped woodlands of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Preserve and a tour of its lighthouse.
Days 10-14: We leave Nantucket by ferry to Hyannis and cycle from there to Chatham, whose abundant coastline at the Cape’s secluded elbow, makes it one of New England’s most coveted locations. Chatham is also the location of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Center and the Chatham Lighthouse. After a night in Chatham, we cycle first on the Old Colony Rail Trail, which meets up with the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Along the way, we leave the Cape Cod Rail Trail to see 2000-acre Nickerson State Park and cycle its eight miles of bike paths. After leaving Nickerson, there is time to visit Orleans and stop by the Chocolate Sparrow, a gathering for local cyclists. In Orleans, we have mapped out two spurs-one west and the other east. We then bike to Cape Cod National Seashore and Salt Ponds and to Eastham, where we stay the night. On Day 12, we visit Provincetown for two nights, and can enjoy hikes, and cycling around the dunes of Provence Lands.
On Day 14, we walk to MacMillan Wharf for the 90-minute ferry crossing to Boston. In Boston, you may take a water taxi to the airport. For those who are driving home, you take Interstate Highway 6 to return to the Massachusetts mainland.
If you have not visited Boston, you should consult with your favorite guidebook. Some of the highlights are the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabelle Steward Gardner Museum and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, along with walking tours to many historical sites.
This tour is rated a 1A with four required riding days averaging 32 miles per day and an elevation gain of 994. On Day 3, the first required riding day from Hyannis to Falmouth, the distance of 37 miles exceeds the Level A rating of 35 miles. The recommended riding day in Provincetown on Day 13 is a ride through the sand dunes, which have short steep roller coast like climbs and descents. Although there are only four required riding days, we have created enough routes to have a ride every day of the tour. We have created spurs that could be added to the day’s route for those who desire longer distances.
The routes were not scouted personally by the ride leaders. The routes were created by reviewing the cycle paths recommended by the book Best Bike Rides-Cape Cod and the Islands, reflected on Rubel Bike Maps and by using routes frequented by cyclists, (using the heat maps of Strava and RWGPS). Practically all routes on roads and not on separated bike paths were available for review on Google Street View. The routes stay away from busy roads, but sometimes this could not be avoided, and thus you should be accustomed to cycling on busy roads, some without shoulders. Most of the routes are on segregated bike paths such as the Cape Code Rail Trail and the Old Colony Rail Trail. In Martha’s Vineyards and Nantucket, the routes are primarily on segregated bike routes. For those who desired longer mileage, those can be developed using RWGPS and if you need assistance, the Ride Director will gladly give it to you. This will give you the opportunity to visit places the tour does not go.
To further refine the routes, we have or will be consulting with the previous ride leader, local cyclists, and bike shops. Send the Ride Leader an email if you would like to view our initial drafts of the routes.
The average temperature in September is a high of 72 degrees and a low of 56. Rain on the average fell five days during September. Make sure you prepare accordingly.
LODGING AND MEALS
The tour includes 13 nights of lodging in seven different hotels. As of this moment, we are negotiating with the different hotels and will finalize arrangements before September 2021. Some of the hotels being considered are beachfront in Chatham and Provincetown, and hotels close to the ferries on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Since we have not finalized the hotels, we do not know how many breakfasts will be provided. We will have four group dinners. We will have social hours on most days.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 PM, we have our first meeting, and dinner in Hyannis. We finish the tour on Tuesday morning, October 4, 2022 in Provincetown.
If you will arrive by air, you should use Boston’s Logan Airport, and then take a bus to the Transportation Center in Hyannis. Our last hotel is in Provincetown, and in the morning, you could take a scenic ferry ride to return to Boston Airport.
There will be no formal support during this tour. For van services, we have hired Bike Zone only to transport our luggage while we are on Cape Cod. We will hire luggage transport services to and from the ferry on both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. On all three islands, there is extensive bus service that can carry up to three bikes on a bike rack in front of the bus. You must be able to lift the bike onto and off the bike rack.
We will not ride as a group.
BIKES AND CARS
Bike rentals are available from Bike Zone located at 323 Barnstable Road in Hyannis. Call them 508-775-3299 and reserve your bike at least three months in advance or by June 13, 2022. You must make arrangements personally. Bike Zone will pick up the bike from our last hotel in Provincetown for a fee which should be prorated for those who are taking advantage of this service.
If you are bringing your own bike, you may leave your bike boxes either at the first hotel in Hyannis or have it brought to the last hotel in Provincetown. This could be arranged with others who will be bringing their bike boxes to the last hotel.
If you are bringing a car, you may park it at our first hotel. If you prefer to park it at our last hotel in Provincetown and return via a1.5-hour bus ride for about $7.00. Or you can take a beautiful 51-mile ride mainly along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
E-bikes and tandems will be allowed on this tour.
It is recommended that singles interested in sharing accommodations, try to find their own roommate. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until February 1, 2022 to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the $1,820.00 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate, if necessary. The Ride Leader will assist in trying to match singles who apply for the ride. Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office by February 1, 2022. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. They should be mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.
COSTS AND ADMINISTRATION
The estimated costs of this tour are $3,100 based on a minimum of 26 and will be reduced if a maximum of 30 is reached. The major portion of these costs, close to $2000, is for lodging, which is expensive in both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. It includes 13 nights of lodging, four group dinners, daily social hours, all ferry tickets and the van tour in Nantucket.
We will provide printed cue sheets and the Rubel Bike Maps on the first day of the ride. All gpx files will be uploaded to Ride Leader Docs, and a RWGPS Event created. You will be able to download these gpx files to your bike computer and smartphone. The Ride Leader is willing to assist riders with use of bike computer and smartphone.
We have made our best efforts to predict expenses 18 months from the date of tour and have set aside a contingency equivalent to ~ $350 from each participant for unanticipated expenses. The initial deposit of $1,900 is due on sign-up with the remaining $1,200 due on February 1, 2022.
The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is canceled due to participation below the stated minimum requirements. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped or cancelled. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the canceling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the canceling participant cannot be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped, the canceling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
RIDE PARTICIPATION RESPONSIBILITY
If you are new to BAC bike tours, you should know that we expect our participants to be competent cyclists who can provide much of their own support while on the tour. You will be carrying and loading your own luggage. On days with ferry rides, you will carry your luggage and bike onto the ferry. You will be assigned a certain day to assist in the preparation of the social hour.
Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained for cycling, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should be prepared to accept personal responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. Please be sure to read the ride description carefully and respond promptly to calls for payments and emails from the ride leader. While on the ride, consider offering to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation. All our Ride Leaders are volunteers, and we ask that participants respect their decisions.
Before participating in any BAC tour, members should review their medical coverage and assess whether your coverage is sufficient. If it is not, you should purchase additional travel and medical coverage. BAC maintains a policy that provides limited coverage for medical expenses associated with injuries occurring to US residents when on tours within the US. The policy maintained by BAC does not cover costs associated with self-quarantine that may be government mandated. Members should also ensure that vaccinations are up to date (e.g., annual influenza, tetanus, Covid-19, etc.). If travelling outside your home country, you may wish to consult with a travel physician or nurse to ensure that the appropriate vaccinations are up to date.
To submit a request to join this ride, use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At that time. you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and initial tour deposit $1,900.00 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description. Final payment of $1,200 will be due no later than February 1, 2022.
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