Bike from Boston to Provincetown and return to Boston by ferry. This ride is a CRW tradition going back 35 years. The ride is 126 miles and is considered rolling. It goes from the urbans of Boston to the hills of Plymouth to the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the sand dunes of Truro and Provincetown and more. Heading out of Boston, expect light traffic as the sun rises over Dorchester Bay.
The return by ferry is part of the experience providing views of Provincetown and Boston from the water. The ferry schedules provide choices allowing people to have dinner before returning if they choose. Staying overnight and returning the next day is another option (but no baggage service provided). Catching the earlier ferries can put you back in Boston around 5:00 p.m. From the ferry docks, it is less than 2 miles back to the parking lot. If you plan on one of the later ferries, bring a light for the return. Parking is $5/day. Overnight parking is allowed.
This is an unsupported ride but food stops on the route include Dunkin' Donuts in Plymouth around mile 40, Friendly's at mile 60 just before the Sagamore Bridge, Barnstable Market and Nirvana Coffee at mile 75 in Barnstable on Route 6A, Hot Chocolate Sparrow right off the bike path in Orleans at mile 95, and other options along the way.
The Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Company has a morning and afternoon bus departing Provincetown for South Station with stops providing bailout points (e.g., Hyannis, Sagamore) in the event that someone may need to shorten their ride. The Cape Cod Flyer train departs Hyannis for South Station at 6:40 p.m.. Cue sheets, ferry and bus schedules will be handed out at the ride start. As always, monitor the ride description on the CRW website for any changes or additional information.
The ride is no charge. Return transportation, food and water are not provided and are the responsibility of riders. The high speed ferries take 1.5 hours to return to Boston. Note: It will be dark in Boston when the 7:30 and 8:30 ferries arrive. Bay State Cruise Company: $72 (including bike) @3:00 and 7:30. Boston Harbor Cruises: $70 (including bike) @4:00 and 8:30. See links below.
NOTE NEW PARKING/START LOCATION THIS YEAR.