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I did a shakedown tour on my Salsa Vaya to prepare it for a longer multiday tour in the fall. Anyway, what better way to see the region where I live than by bike?
To feed the monster -- the need to tour, that is -- Saturday morning Brandon and I will leave Fairhaven, Massachusetts, for the back road journey to the Cape Cod Canal. We will cross the Bourne Bridge, ride the cape side of the canal to Sandwich, and tent camp at Shawme Crowell State Forest. We were going to go Friday, but I have my high school reunion that evening.
While I’m relatively new to bike touring -- I’ve now got three trips under my belt, with the longest at five days -- I consider myself a pretty adventurous biker. Therefore, my fiancé Rachel, who is a less adventurous yet generally game cyclist, was not surprised when I suggested we spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on an overnight trip. I was pleased that she agreed.
First, I came up with a tour. Next, I invited some buddies to come along. Then, I worried.
The tour grew out of my fascination with a historic tale and trail: the three-month trek of Mary Rowlandson, who, kidnapped by Indians in 1675’s King Philip War, walked with them to the far reaches of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After years of research, I had pieced together enough of their route to create a four-day bike tour.