George made a big splash in Cape Cod last month. Here, he shows off his best side for the camera!

It didn’t take much to entice the Mobil Man to bag the gas station for a day and assist with a fun commercial shoot at the Ship’s Knees Inn in Orleans. The fruits of our labor are proudly displayed on their website. Check it out and while you’re at, book a night or two. Don’t forget to bring your bikes.

After a day of shooting, I gave the old man a day of rest – that is my version of ‘rest’. From early morning to late afternoon, we biked 50 miles of the 114 miles of bike paths (some in progress, some planned) on Cape Cod. Our route took us past five mid-to-lower-Cape towns all worthy places to break for briny seaports, sandy beaches and delectable seafood hotspots.

We detoured briefly from the Rail Trail to visit the 1838Nauset (or Nawsett) Bay Lighthouse not far from the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center. The popular stop afforded us shade and seating to share our pre-made gourmet sandwiches. Thank you to Friend’s Marketplace in downtown Orleans.

For dinner, at the suggestion of the owner of the Ship’s Knees Inn, we dined on oysters, standing-style, on the porch of The Beachcomber. The busy waterfront bar are celebrating their 40th year. They’re one of the few restaurants bordering the Atlantic on the Cape. It’s accolades include being voted “One of the Best Seaside Dining Spots in New England” by Yankee Magazine, one of the “Best Bars in America” by Esquire and #10 on the Travel Channel’s “Twenty-One Sexiest Beach Bars in the World.”

This fall, a long-awaited extension of the Rail Trail will open in Yarmouth. Long-range plans call for extending the trail farther westward to Barnstable. You can bet that my biking buddy and I will be back for that.

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