The Cape Cod Canal has railtrails on both sides of the canal that offer great views of the boats and bird life that frequent the canal. The biggest challenge in summer is actually getting there! Now that our adaptive tandem is functional and ready for more test rides, we planned a family outing with grandparents, parents and grandkids with all our bikes. We managed to get snarled in traffic for two and a half hours, in what otherwise would be a one hour drive from our home.
We added to the time delay by stopping to use a bathroom before we got to the canal, but will not bother next time. The state has built great, clean bathrooms at each end of the railtrail on the south side, as well as under the Bourne Bridge.
Keeping two sets of grandparents, grandkids, and their parents somewhat together on the trail was pretty challenging, but we managed to grab a few pictures regardless. The trail is almost completely flat, and while there was a breeze, we managed fine–breezes on warm days are much appreciated!
Apparently summer boaters are in a hurry. We spotted multiple boats passing through the canal who received warning calls from the Coast Guard boat cruising the waterway.
We took several breaks in the shade along the trail, grateful for trees growing along the path that offered a break from the summer sun.
Next trip to the Cape in warm months will be on a weekday, or much, much earlier in the morning! Happy trails!
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.