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The Shining Sea Bikeway

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

 The Shining Sea Bikeway was recently expanded to 10.7 miles and runs from County Road in North Falmouth, past Chase Road just steps from The Beach Rose Inn, all the way to the Steamship Authority’s Ferry terminal in Woods Hole, a historic seaside fishing village and the site of several major research institutions.

 Built along the tracks of the Old Colony Railroad which connected Woods Hole to Buzzards Bay in 1872, The Bikeway offers visitors a recreational opportunity surrounded by outstanding scenery which includes cranberry bogs, marshes, ocean inlets, forested areas, and beaches.  To see a map highlighting the many special features of The Shining Sea Bikeway click on the picture of the sign below:

Shining Sea Bikeway Map

Off Road from the Bike Path

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Not only does the Shining Sea Bikeway offer a paved path away from the speeding traffic of the main roads, but also nature trails. If you take a mountain bike down the bike path, you will not be sorry that you chose your wider tires for this trip (or rented a mountain bike from the various bike shops around). Off of the main paved path, there are some amazing packed dirt trails that let you get up close and personal with nature. One of these paths is located only 1 mile down the bike path from The Beach Rose Inn which is the sprawling 49 acre Bourne Farm owned by the Salt Pond Bird Areas Sanctuaries, inc. These trails are also great for hiking, nature walks, trail running and Mountain Biking. Whichever route you choose, you will not be sorry as they all offer spectacular sites.

You can view the location of these trails/paths and others on the following map: Shining Sea Bikeway Map & Points of Interest

I have had the pleasure of taking some random turns on these dirt paths and have discovered some great secret areas, after some twists and turns of the path to arrive upon a lake that seems to be tucked away from the main routes. There are also more than just hidden lakes to be discovered when traversing on these dirt roads. There are also aplenty of stone benches tucked neatly into corners that come in handy for sitting upon when taking a water break or for a picnic and to look at the green nature scenery in the summer or the magnificently colored autumn foliage with the various shades of yellows, reds, oranges, auburns in the fall.

One of the bonuses of these off road paths are that they all lead back to the Shining Sea Bike way so getting lost is never an issue. No matter which direction you chose on the path you will eventually be led back to the paved bike path making it easier not to have to lug around all the ‘wilderness’ gear like maps, compasses, and the always modern GPS systems. Although, these trails do offer the best opportunity to test out any such equipment.

And remember when biking “…repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.  This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.  I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity.  But I am mentally far away from civilization.  The world is breaking someone else’s heart.”  ~Diane Ackerman


Discovery of Bikeway!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It was Aristotle who said “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” And what better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of nature then by lacing up those sneaks and spending time on the Shining Sea Bikeway?

As a self proclaimed outdoorsian nut, the Shining Sea Bikeway offers nothing but positives. And, if you have ever tried running, biking, or even taking a stroll down a street that doesn’t have sidewalks then you will understand why the bike path is also a safe haven from all the dangers of trucks, busses, and automobiles.

Now that the bike path has been extended from its original 3.3 miles, to 11 miles it offers more options on what to do and what to see. It’s hard to explain just how grand the bike path is because, it offers endless possibilities and scenes that caters to everyone’s likings.

Path

Since I first traversed on the new extended bike path starting of the spring of ’09, I have not yet done the same activity on the same route twice. While the paved bike path is the same path that starts in North Falmouth’s County Road and ends in Woods hole, there are many twists, turns, and side paths to explore.

No matter what the activity, there is someone doing it on the bike path: inline skating, skateboarding, scootering, roller skating, bicycles built for two, and more. It’s entertaining just to watch this parade of fun.

Just remember to dab some sun block on and grab your wallet as you never know where the Shining Sea Bikeway might lead you. You might find yourself stopped and relaxing on one of the many beaches you pass by, or at an art gallery you just scooted by. On a hot afternoon, you might also choose to stop by for a cold one on The Beach Rose Inn’s Shining Sea Pub. No matter what you take your pleasure in, most likely the Shining Sea Bikeway will bring you there – and reveal some breath taking nature scenery along the way.