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The pillion and I are doing an overnighter on Cape Cod.

Any "must ride" roads or places we should hit? On day one we're going to cruise the south part of the cape. On day two we'll head up to Provincetown and work our way back along the northern part.

I'd love to hear some suggestions. We'll be in Orleans for the night.

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Cape Cod is dreadful on a bike, except it's better past Eastham, better still past Truro. Watch out for cops everywhere, their fundraisers are year-round events.

Stay off Rte 28 between Falmouth and Orleans, it's just a giant strip mall. 6A is tolerable and has its moments, but can be traffic choked even at this time of year.

Best scenery is near P-Town, check out Race Point, CG Beach, and the Marconi site further west.
 

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Thanks for the advice, tmcgee, though I hope it's not as dreadful as you describe. It's going to be our first overnight trip with the new Givi e46 bags, and we're really excited about it.

Here's what's plugged into the Zumo. How's it look?

Day 1: (ride to the cape, then ride from Pocasset (west to east) following the south coast, staying away from 28 as much as possible. We'll be staying at a motor lodge in east Orleans for the night.



Day 2 Morning: Ride up to P-town, staying as much in the National Seashore as possible.



Day 2 Afternoon: Ride from P-town along the northern coast and head home.



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Take the roads to the beaches along the way. That's the tough thing about Cape Cod, it's surrounded by water but the views of it are almost non-existent. They're locked up by private land owners. The outer cape is less populated and easier to travel. Take 6A either into of out of P-town and visit the monument/tower.

I was in South Yarmouth today and the only water I saw was the canal from the bridges. Oh, the Sagamore is down to one lane each way 24/7. The backup can be a couple of miles leaving the cape, depending on time of day.
 

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Just wanted to report that our Cape trip was awesome!

The southern route on day 1 was gorgeous. Almost no cars, and plenty of views of the water and estuaries. We did go out to a couple of penisulas that said private property but no one hassled us.

Here are a few pics:



We spent Saturday night at Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge within the National Seashore. It was simple, clean and had a nice room with a view!





The route up past Eastham was nice too. We even found some dirt roads in the middle of the seashore that were way cool, and stopped at lost of beaches.



The only road we weren't wild about was was 6A from Brewster to Sandwich -- sort of boring and a bit crowded..... All in all, a great trip though.

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Good for you guys! You sure did have the weather for it! Was it overly windy?
Did you make it out to P-Town, too?

I love the picture of the Sierra Nevada and Blackstone Merlot. Bet those tasted good whilst you gazed out over the beach after a day of ridin'.
 

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Good for you guys! You sure did have the weather for it! Was it overly windy?
Did you make it out to P-Town, too?

I love the picture of the Sierra Nevada and Blackstone Merlot. Bet those tasted good whilst you gazed out over the beach after a day of ridin'.
Yup, we got up to P-town for a drive-by but we didn't stop. We did go out to the beach at Race Point. Very cool -- the whales were blowing big time and the gannets were dive bombing for fish.

We brought only the bare essentials: wine, beer, cheese, crackers and our new Jetboil Java kit (which is awesome!).

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Yup, we got up to P-town for a drive-by but we didn't stop.
P-town deserves a visit on a summer night when Commercial St is so crowded with people it takes a half hour to drive it. Highly entertaining.

And the very best "private area" on the Cape is Great Island. I'm lucky enough to go there and service the organ in a small chapel. It's a gated community and that bothers me quite a bit, but they are being stewards of the land and I appreciate that part.

Oh yeah, motorcycles are verboten, but I get special dispensation.

Great Island Beach, Cape Cod



The "Chapel"

 

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Nice photos, Tom!

Great Island is in Wellfleet, right? Also in Wellfleet is a really nice Audubon center with trails and boardwalks going out over the estuary. We did a short but pleasant walk there Saturday evening.

Have you been on any of the dirt roads past Eastham. There's some road call Old King's County Rd. or something that was awesome. I was worried it might get sandy but it was fine.

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My pillion and I had another great MA adventure working our way from southern NH down through Northfield into Greenfield. There are some awesome dirt roads just west of Greenfield heading into VT.

Here's a map (we headed counter-clockwise):



Here's one of the buff dirt roads that runs for miles up the Green River. Looks like they did a lot of work on it since last year's flood:



One the way home we went up "Mountain Road" (always good to take roads that have names that include "mountain") up to the top of Skinner State Forest. We followed what turned out to be a Meet Up group of Harley riders. One of them actually dumped their bke while make a slow speed turn at the top. They were a friendly bunch though.



Oh, one of them had a very cute companion.



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