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We Rode The Rail (rail trail, that is)

Brewster, MA, September 27, 2012

sunny 70 °F

It was a beautiful day and we took advantage of it. We put our bikes to good use today by first taking a short ride to the Brewster Country Store. It is an icon of this area and we love it. The next stop was the Brewster Ladies Library to get info about downloading books to my Nook and iPad. From there we rode to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and pedaled into Orleans. Along the way we passed Cobies (for ice cream) and Nickerson State Park, where we spent many a vacation. Rock Harbor is another favorite, so we rode done there and admired the boats. The morning's charters were just coming in and, judging by the sea gulls following, there was plenty of fish. After wandering around Orleans we came upon the Nauset Grill. It is a new burger and sandwich shop that only opened in May. Our lunch was delicious, especially the onion rings! Our total ride today was 17.4 miles, which brings our total here at the Cape to about 41 miles so far.
Where we are staying.

Where we are staying.

The Brewster Store

The Brewster Store

Inside the store

Inside the store

Rock Harbor fishing fleet.

Rock Harbor fishing fleet.

Rock Harbor on the bay

Rock Harbor on the bay

Here come the fish.

Here come the fish.

CC rail trail

CC rail trail

Along the bike trail

Along the bike trail

Even has tunnels

Even has tunnels

Ice Cream stop place

Ice Cream stop place


The rest of the afternoon found us at the campground. I did laundry and got that out of the way before dinner at home.
Gorgeous weather, sunny, 70°.

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Snips and Chips

Brewster, MA, September 26, 2012

overcast 75 °F

First of all today is my brother Steve's birthday. Happy Birthday, Steve! I hope it was a good one :)
Shirley and I were a little ragged, so we both got haircuts this morning. Ahhh! We feel so much lighter and neater. Believe it or not, we took Bob and Shirley to ANOTHER place that they had never been, the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory. There is a factory tour that is just a walk through with signs explaining the process, but it's a great place to go. We love to watch them make and package all those chips. I was disappointed when we arrived to find out that popcorn is no longer made by the Cape Cod Chip Company. I loved their popcorn. They do still make chips though, over 80,000 packages per day! Wow, that's a lot of chips and even more potatoes. It takes 4 pounds of potatoes to make 1 pound of chips. They use about 39 million pounds of potatoes each year. Holy moly! Their potatoes come from all over the eastern part of the country, but today's were from Massachusetts.
Rookies at the CC Potato Chip Factory.

Rookies at the CC Potato Chip Factory.

Our favorite chips!

Our favorite chips!


Cuffy's is one of our favorite shopping venues, so that was next. T-shirts today were $3.99. What a bargain. We even got free cookies next door at their Country Store.
Sand Sculpture at Cuffy's

Sand Sculpture at Cuffy's


Shirley and I did a little more unsuccessful geocaching this afternoon and we were very frustrated.
Lobster dinner tonight for Bob and I. Fish and chips for Shirley and Don. Bob and Shirley will be leaving here tomorrow and we won't be seeing them until November.
geo-caching in Dennis.

geo-caching in Dennis.

Geo-caching location

Geo-caching location

Bob and Jeanne and their lobsters

Bob and Jeanne and their lobsters

Quit looking at me!

Quit looking at me!


The weather was iffy today, with clouds and lots of wind. It threatened rain on and off all day, but never did happen. The temps got up into the 70s, though.

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The Eagle has Flown (actually floated)

Nantucket, MA, September 25, 2012

sunny 69 °F

This morning we picked up Bob and Shirley and their bicycles, and took the ferry, named the Eagle, to Nantucket. It isn't often that Don and I have been to a place that they have not been, but Nantucket was such a place. It was a gorgeous day and after the 2 1/4 hour trip it was lunch time, so we rode to the Brandt Lighthouse right in the harbor. While eating we got to watch lots of boats along with the ferry on its return trip.
Loading the ferry

Loading the ferry

Hyannis Harbor

Hyannis Harbor

Out on the upper deck.

Out on the upper deck.

Entering the harbor

Entering the harbor

Lunch break by the water.

Lunch break by the water.

Brant Lighthouse

Brant Lighthouse


Next we cycled through town and headed to Surfside Beach. It was a beautiful, white sand beach. don and Shirley tested the water and declared it a bit on the chilly side. Our ride back to town involved some side tracking to do a little geocaching. The site we were looking for was quite a bit off the beaten path on Lover's Lane of all places! Unfortunately we were not successful in our hunt for the cache, but we had fun anyway.
Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach

More Surfside Beach on Nantucket Sound

More Surfside Beach on Nantucket Sound

The 4 of us at Surfside

The 4 of us at Surfside

On the bike trail

On the bike trail


Don and I went to the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum which was a great little find. In the video we learned that the baskets got their name because they were first made on lightships in the harbor where there were no lighthouses. The men on board got bored and started making baskets. Eventually they were forbidden to sell them because that was considered moonlighting and the government didn't like it one bit. The museum had every size basket, some with tops, some without. They had handles or not and decorations or not. It was really interesting and even Don enjoyed it!
When we got into town we split up. Shirley went looking for another cache, I did a some unsuccessful shopping and Don and Bob had a beer. Surprise, surprise! While on our return ferry we watched a fabulous sunset and then had fancy pizza in Hyannis.
Downtown Nantucket Center

Downtown Nantucket Center

Cobblestone streets.

Cobblestone streets.

Coast Guard Station on Nantucket

Coast Guard Station on Nantucket

Sunset aboard the Eagle

Sunset aboard the Eagle


It was a great day and the weather was perfect. High 60s, sunny, breezy.

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Cape Cod Canal

Cape Cod, MA, September 24, 2012

sunny 70 °F

This morning we took our bikes and met Bob and Shirley under the Bourne Bridge at the Canal Trail. There is a trail on each side of the canal and we were on the Cape side. Our ride was leisurely and a little chilly when we started out, but it was a beautiful morning. We rode from the Bourne Bridge, past the Sagamore Bridge to the end at Cape Cod Bay. At the end is a Visitor Center that is wonderful. We watched a 16 minute video about the building of the canal that was great, then stepped onto a retired patrol boat. There is all kinds of information about the canal in the little museum and we all loved it. Over the years the canal has been owned and operated by numerous people, but since the early 1930s the Army Corps of Engineers has owned and operated it. What a wonderful job they have done, taking it from a treacherous, narrow waterway with shipwrecks every week to the wide, deep canal that it is now. All kinds of ships pass through the canal with patrol boats on the lookout for trouble. It was a terrific morning. We rode back and had our picnic lunch then headed to Onset for a Canal Cruise. Unfortunately we hadn't read the fine print and they are only operating on the weekends now. So we went back to Bob and Shirley's camper and met their neighbors from Pennsylvania who are retired teachers! Small world. The six of us had dinner and great conversation before it was time for Don and I to return to our camper.
CC Canal

CC Canal

Looking up at the Bourn Bridge

Looking up at the Bourn Bridge

Railroad Bridge  over CC Canal

Railroad Bridge over CC Canal

Someone has some $$$

Someone has some $$$

Taking a break along the canal trail

Taking a break along the canal trail

Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center

Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center

Boat inside COE visitor center

Boat inside COE visitor center

At CC Canal, Cape Cod

At CC Canal, Cape Cod

Jetty at CC Canal

Jetty at CC Canal

Onset Beach

Onset Beach

View of Onset harbor

View of Onset harbor


Beautiful weather today, with temps just hitting 70° and lots of sun.

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Oh, no, not you again!

Brewster, MA, September 23, 2012

sunny 71 °F

We left Treasure Isle at 7:10 this morning and got as far as the gas station in Sylvan Beach where Don discovered his credit card was missing. We backtracked to the campground and didn't find it, then to the restaurant where we had dinner last night. They were not yet open, but a nice young woman responded to my knocking on the door and we told her our tale of woe. Don left his name and number and they promised to call when someone opened up the office. We were not too hopeful because Don has the receipt for dinner in his pocket. Lo and behold, Brittany called us right away and said they had his card!! Boy is he ever lucky! They will be sending the card to our mailbox.
After that the rest of our 385 mile trip was uneventful. The weather was beautiful with abundant sunshine and blue, blue skies!
We arrived in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod at 3:10 p.m. We are staying at Shady knoll Campground on the Bay side. After setting up and relaxing a bit we met Bob and Shirley (yes, again) for dinner. The workkamper at the campground recommended JT's, so we gave it a try. It's a cute little place where you order at the counter and they bring it to you. I had my first hot lobster roll and lobster bisque of this week and Bob had the lobster dinner. Don and Shirley both had fish and we all enjoyed our meals. Bob and Shirley came back to our place after dinner and we made some plans for the week. They are staying on the ocean side in a campground we couldn't get into, so we will be traveling back and forth a bit. That's fine!
Bourne bridge at CC

Bourne bridge at CC

A new place for dinner.

A new place for dinner.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Hot lobster roll anyone??

Hot lobster roll anyone??

Seafood of course!

Seafood of course!

Sunset on Cape Cod Bay

Sunset on Cape Cod Bay

Sunset on the bay

Sunset on the bay

Sand dunes at sunset.

Sand dunes at sunset.


Beautiful sunset over the bay tonight.
It was windy today, but so sunny and beautiful. Temps actually hit 71° for a little while.

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