Running in Cape Cod felt so good after the heat and humidity we’ve experienced in North Carolina recently! Mike and I were in Falmouth, Massachusetts for our friends’ wedding last weekend and squeezed in a 6-mile run on Saturday morning.
Last September, I ran the Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon in Falmouth as part of a girls’ trip with some friends. I had remembered a cool part of the course that ran along the Shining Sea Bikeway, specifically through cranberry bogs. Mike and I decided to drive to a parking lot close to the bike path so we could maximize our bike path time and not worry about navigating our way there. First we stopped at Stop & Shop to pick up a couple of Larabars. I tried the Coconut Chocolate Chip and would not recommend it – very artificial tasting flavor and bad aftertaste. The regular chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip flavors are delicious, so I was surprised the coconut version didn’t live up to the other ones.
According to the website, the main parking lot for the bikeway is at mile 16, the end of the bike path, in North Falmouth. At 9 am, the parking lot was already getting pretty filled. This parking lot also has several portapotties available.
The Shining Sea Bikeway runs 16 miles from Woods Hole to North Falmouth with various points of interest along the way. The trail begins in Wood’s Hole near the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. I think we may have jumped on around the 13 mile mark during the Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon and run until almost the end of the trail.
The trail is beautiful and shaded, running behind backyards of homes, through farms, cranberry bogs and marshes. It’s mostly flat, with only a slide grade change, and very straight for the portion we ran along. For a beautiful Saturday morning in June on the Cape, the trail wasn’t too crowded at all. We saw mainly families and couples casually biking, walkers and a few runners.
Even though you’re not running along the beach, the quiet and scenic trail, lined with big trees and picket fences, offers a feeling of peacefulness and seclusion. The relaxed feeling of the Cape is contagious and the trail is a great example of that. No one’s in a rush; people are on vacation or escaping the fast-paced city of Boston for the weekend. Despite the feeling of calm, Mike and I ran pretty fast. I think we’re so used to the heat and hills of North Carolina, that we were able to pick up our pace with the lower temperatures and flat trail.
We did stop for photos by the cranberry bogs, which didn’t look as exciting as they did in the fall during harvest time. Mike’s wearing his new Runologie singlet that he got after his 10th run.
If you’re in the Falmouth/Wood’s Hole area of Cape Cod, I’d highly recommend enjoying a walk, run or bike ride along a portion of the Shining Sea Bikeway. I hope we’ll be able to run more of it during a future trip to the area!