Alewife Station is reachable by car on Route 2, and there is ample paid parking; by car or bicycle on Alewife Brook Parkway; on paths from the west (Fitchburg Cutoff path), north (Minuteman Commuter Bikeway) and east (Linear Park). And Alewife Station is the terminus of the Red Line light rail, which takes bicycles except during peak hours in the peak direction. Ride groups meet in front of the parking garage on Steel Place.
New route, trails, coastal views, bakeries, & a challenge: bicycle 253km in 13 hours or overall average of 20km/h, leaving small contingency. This edition is designed for the closest weekend to summer solstice.
We ran the trip three times before, all with different ideas & routes. Full report available at https://mcccxxv.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/beat-the-ferry
The route starts from Alewife T station on quite small roads out to Plymouth until we cross Cape Cod canal to Sandwich. Soon after we join Cape Cod Canal trail. We stop for good burrito lunch at Orleans Corner Store. Visit a few lighthouses before reaching the trail's northern terminus for bakery & coffee stop. Ride through the hills of Wellfleet & Truro before a sprint to the finish just in time for quick bite, beer, & ferry. We may even have time for a quick ocean dip.
We meet in front of Alewife T station, by the taxi stand promptly at 6:00. Arrive much earlier to park & get ready. Others can join along the way as we broadcast Live Tracking of our location on Slack.
We take the Bay State Cruises ferry at 19:30 arriving in Boston at 21:00. You must book your ferry & bicycle ticket in advance of starting on the ride.
Many options for bakeries & convenience stores along the way. These will be very quick stops, mostly for liquid & snacks: orange juice, protein shake, V8, chocolate milk, & energy bars.
Bail out options include:
- Taxi, Uber, & Lyft
- Hotels & motels
- Start the ride earlier or take the later ferry at 20:00
Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra layers, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration tablets.
This will be self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them.