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May 2019

Cape Cod, MA


Cape Cod over the Memorial Day Holiday

     Traveling with family can be a great deal of fun, it can also be quite tiring! We traveled to Long Island, NY to pick up Jeanne's sister and boyfriend (a 7 hour drive). The next day we took the Port Jefferson ferry to Connecticut and the 5 hour drive to Barnstable, Cape Cod. It was early in the season so it was a bit cooler, but it was great for bike riding. We rode about 18 miles on our first outing on the Shining Sea trail. This trail, like most in this area was paved and generally flat. At least 80% of the trail is bordered by honeysuckle and star jasmine.

     We took a days break and on our third day we rode about 28 miles along the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) from Brewster to the Cape Cod National Seashore (entering at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, then biked to the beach. (this part was a little hilly, but nothing to complain about). The weather was blustery and the fog was rolling in at the beach, the seals were not in their normal location, and the surf was a little rough, so we headed back to the vehicle.
     We asked multiple locals as to which was the best seafood in the area and they all pointed to the same places. Within the area of Barnstable and Hyannis we ate @Spanky's Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon (fab food all around lobster whole and rolls), @Black Cat Tavern (This was the one time I backed off my "give me Lobster Rolls or give me death" stance, and I opted for a 1/2 pound Angus burger with lots of blue cheese (this one instigated some concern as with my first bite my eyes rolled into the back of my head), the last major restaurant we visited was @Skipper's Restaurant and Chowder House where the Lobster Pot was excellent! Our bike outings caught us at little stands along the way such as @Lobster Shanty along the CCRT, great calamari! I don't believe you can go wrong on any of the non-chain establishments on Cape Cod!

Get out there and explore the world!


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