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Mon, Sept 8 - Paddle Boat Meadow River, Eastham &/or bike CCRT at noon w Stephen

Stephen Travis invites cyclists "who can handle 16 miles" to bike the CCRT from the Nauset Trail Marsh entrance, meeting at noon. Members who are paddling, please comment that you will go with Stephen after your paddle. Stephen wrote "Non-paddlers could RSVP and comment that they're just in for the bike ride and meet me at the entrance to the Nauset Marsh Trail around noon. I'll send them my cell phone number. I plan to bring a lunch or a snack for Coast Guard Beach."

We launched here two years ago and this July.....it is a great paddle. We added a section to it in July, going over to the bike path, so now it is about the length of most of our paddles.

The perfect tide for this paddle is Sunday, Sept 7, but there is a road race in Eastham that day, so we don't want to mix with that traffic. We'll launch prior to the 11:12 AM high tide from this Town of Eastham sandy beach and paddle around the boats at anchor, to head into the creek. We'll first go down to the right to where the bike path blocks the creek and backtrack. Then we'll go under the bridge spanning the river on Bridge Road and continue up the river as it gets narrow...passing the "open gates at a dike" and go as far as we can up to Boat Meadow Bog. (pix below is on the bog).That should take about 1 1/2 hours or a bit more.  There is no place to take a break on this paddle.

There is a dirt parking lot where we can unload the boats, but a sticker is required for parking. We easily found parking close down the road. There are no facilities.

AS IS TRUE OF ALL PADDLES, THIS TRIP IS FOR "EXPERIENCED AND ENERGETIC" PADDLERS WHO CAN KEEP UP A GOOD RATE OF SPEED ALL THE WAY OUT AND BACK. THESE PADDLES ARE NOT A PLACE TO GET EXPERIENCE ON THE WATER.

DIRECTIONS - COMING FROM EAST OF EASTHAM: From 6A in Eastham, turn onto Samoset Road, opposite Town Hall.  Follow Samoset Road to the four-way stop.  Take a left onto Herring Brook Road.  Follow Herring Brook Road to the end.  At the stop sign, take a right onto Bridge Road.  Cross over the bridge.  Take first right onto Bayview Road.  Follow until the end.

COMING FROM WEST OF EASTHAM: From the Orleans Rotary on Rt.6, take the Rock Harbor exit off the rotary that takes you to Wild Care and to the Orleans Courthouse. Turn left on Rock Harbor Rd and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Bridge Road and go 0.7 mile. At the fork, bear left onto Bayview Rd and drive to the parking lot at the end of the road.

 

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  • Beth M.

    It was a really lovely day and paddle.

    September 8, 2014

  • Joyce

    Super paddle...gorgeous. Winds were OK and worked out exactly as written last night at 7:45, when I decided to have the trip. We had about one minute of ~22 mph winds just before we got back to the landing, but otherwise, not bad. Bright sunny day. Bright sunny group. Excellent lunch at Orleans Inn after the paddle.

    September 8, 2014

  • Joyce

    7:00 AM...NWS update now shows winds at 10mph, but with gusts of 22-25 mph. Not good at all. I'll be there before 10:00, but am concerned about the high winds : (

    September 8, 2014

    • Anna B.

      Hi Joyce. Are we still a go? It's a 45 minute drive for me

      September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out for this paddle and the bike ride will have to wait for a better day. There's a little too much wind (NE@14G24 at noon) to make this an enjoyable trip.

    September 8, 2014

  • Joyce

    7:45 PM....let's try it. The NWS forecast for Eastham between 10:00 and noon continues to include winds of about 13-15 mph, out of the northeast. The good thing is that on the trip out, we will be going in sort of a northeasterly direction...it is serpentine, but the overall direction is NE. And the wind direction is supposed to rts during our paddle, so maybe we will have the wind at our backs on the return trip. The beginning of the route out is totally open and then there is a bit of cover in the middle...not that much, but some. So, let's try it. See you in the water at 10:00 with fingers crossed.

    September 7, 2014

  • Joyce

    The NWS forecast for Tuesday continues to predict winds of about 14-15 mph.....kind of high for this totally open paddle. Keep an eye on it and will post/email tonight. I am going out for early dinner, so won't be home until after that.

    September 7, 2014

  • Joyce

    So, Stephen, you are inviting folks to join you on the post-paddle bike ride, yes? Do you want me to amend this event description and add the optional bike ride? Or say that people could just do the bike ride, starting at about noon even if they do not want to paddle?

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Absolutely, anyone who wants to come along is welcome. I ride for enjoyment, not to set the land speed record so anyone who can handle 16 miles is welcome. It wouldn't hurt to advertise in the event description. Non-paddlers could RSVP and comment that they're just in for the bike ride and meet me at the entrance to the Nauset Marsh Trail around noon. I'll send them my cell phone number. I plan to bring a lunch or a snack for Coast Guard Beach.

      September 6, 2014

  • Joyce

    Maybe parking next to the launch after Labor Day does not require a sticker...it is a short walk to good parking if a sticker is still required to park in the lot.

    September 6, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Such energy!

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      (and then I'll go home and take a nap ;-)

      September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a long drive for me from Plymouth for a relatively short paddle so, after the paddle, I plan to drive to the Salt Pond Visitors Center and bike the Nauset Marsh Trail and then the CCRT to Wellfleet and back, about 16 miles total.

    That will complete the CCRT for me.

    The conditions look right at this point except the wind, NE @13. Cancelling one, cancels both.

    September 6, 2014

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