Doug Goodale of Morristown is an educator who has spent the last eleven years teaching English at two Benedictine Catholic Schools. He also coaches wrestling, cross country, track, and rugby teams.
As a high school student, Goodale was a standout athlete; a wrestler good enough to have been a New England champion. He also competed in cross-country and was an All-New England Cross-Country runner as a student at Thayer Academy. Goodale also won the Boston Globe’s All-Scholastic Award in wrestling on year, and as a student at Franklin & Marshall College, he competed at the Division I level in wrestling and started for two years.
So it’s easy to understand that Goodale likes to stay active. When the school year ends and he has a few months to himself, Goodale enjoys kayaking and bicycling on Cape Cod, where most of his family lives. For a cycling enthusiast like Goodale, there are hundreds of miles of dedicated bikeways running through forests, marshlands, rivers, and coastline on Cape Cod. The summer months are the ideal time to take advantage of it all.
Goodale is familiar with most of the Cape Cod trails, but those who are new to cycling there might want to get one of the many bike maps that are available. One of the most popular bike trails is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a paved bikeway that, as its name suggests, was originally a railroad line through the area. The Cape Cod Rail Trail runs for twenty-five miles, starting from South Dennis and going to Wellfleet. Along the way, the terrain is relatively flat with some minor grades in certain sections in the Lower/Outer Cape areas. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is monitored by local police bicycle patrols, making it a safe and enjoyable way to spend a summer day on Cape Cod. Veteran trail riders say the CCRT offers the greatest variety in scenery and natural landscapes of all the regional bike paths.
For hardier riders like Goodale, there is the ominous sounding Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears offers a twenty-one mile network of single track, complete with big ring down hills and short, technical climbs. The Trail of Tears, within the West Barnstable Conservation Area, is one of the most popular riding spots on Cape Cod.
But there is a lot more for bike riders to enjoy. As Doug Goodale of Morristown knows, the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway follows the Cape Cod Canal through sections of Bourne and Sagamore, respectively. The twenty-two mile long bikeway is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, and offers great views of the canal’s boat traffic. It is common for recreational cyclists to stop to take pictures, because the trail is lined with the area’s quaint shoreline scenery of unique homes and natural beauty. Since it is paved, the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway is suitable for road bikes and other non-off-road bikes.
As Goodale has learned over the years, Cape Cod is, in many ways, a cyclist’s paradise.