Day Four: Orleans to Chatham
The last ride is the longest, but take comfort in two facts: One, the all-trail route is mostly flat. Two, there is a big reward waiting in Chatham—the spa at the Chatham Bars Inn. But before you can stretch out for that seaside massage, you have some ground to cover. The Cape Cod Rail Trail leads through the dense foliage of Nickerson State Park, over scenic pond and marsh bridges, and past acres of harvest-ready cranberries. After lunch at the Pleasant Lake General Store, coast into the Chatham town center and check out classic New England shops such as The Mayflower Shop and Puritan Cape Cod. Then treat yourself to one last cone at Buffy’s Ice Cream Shop.