Thursday, September 13, 2007

Myles Standish State Forrest

We had intended to ride the Cape Cod Canal, but the wind, from the Nor'west, was really whipping. It would have been difficult to remain upright when the gusts exceeded 30 mph. Sue came up with the idea of riding in Myles Standish State Reserve. It's a place we both went camping as kids, and also took our young uns' way back when.

Ferring, Barretts 1, Charge, Curlew, are a few of the ponds that draw campers and day trippers in the summer.

Our first stop was Ferring Pond. We camped here a couple of times back in the 80's with the kids. It was a very popular day trip destination but has been closed to the public for years. (Because of cuts in the Forrest department staff). We met a couple who ride the Reservation two or three times a week.

After dipping my heals, capesue and capejohn set out for our adventure ride through the forrest. Most of the secondary roads were closed now that the season is over, and some have been closed and abandoned for years. The difference between the two is not that obvious, except for the weeds in the middle.

There are cabins on the reservation that are leased out. In some cases the outhouses are maintained better than the cabins.

I did come across a potential camping spot for an overnight ride. No need for a tent here. Just like Team Nothern Tier would do it.


  1. You had me with "Myles." My ancestors were Pilgrims, so seeing a reference to one of them made me check it out -- yes, I'm a descendant of Myles Standish. I didn't even know he had a state forest; I'll have to visit there sometime.

    That looks like a really fun and beautiful ride. I really like that you captured the way the light filters through the trees. It's cool to see a shot of you and the missus, as well.

    Oh, and thanks for the link to the Team North Tier thing, I have wasted far too much time reading that now. ;)

  2. Looks like a cool ride. Great pictures. I like the top picture a lot...a lone rider through the trees. I spent some time looking at team north tier also. It was soo cool that they got a tour QBP while in Minneapolis. A self-supported cross-country trip is near the top of my list of things I want to do before I die.

  3. You've got a lot of nice pictures! I hope to do some more recreational riding next summer. So far it's just been commuting and running errands. Take care!

  4. Nice to see positive things said about the Myles Standish State Forest. We started the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, Inc. You can reach us at We'd love to have you join us.

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