Monday, October 3, 2011

Sept. 26, 2011. Martha's Vineyard. 46 miles.

It was foggy this morning when Dianne, Kathie and I got on our bikes and rode down to the ferry docks at Woods Hole. The ferry was there right on time and we loaded our bikes and headed for the upper deck. There was not much to see in the fog, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. Bill took the day off.

After a ferry ride of about 45 minutes, we arrived at Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard. Our first stop was at the Black Dog for breakfast. Yes, we know it's a very touristy thing to do, but so what? Dianne told us how she came here 20 years ago, and the Black Dog really was just a small tavern... Now it has retail outlets in every small town on the cape and the islands, where you can buy very expensive and very nice Black Dog merchandise and clothing. We did not take the bait.
Breakfast was great, coffee unlimited, and soon we were on our way.

We biked to Oak Bluffs and spent some time in the town, finding the cottages owned by Kathie's neighbors, and a lot of small cute shops. We spent a little too much time there, but oh well, we are on vacation after all. We rode up the hill to see the East Chop lighthouse, which was worth the trip.

We rode the bike path along Beach Road and it was beautiful! Unfortunately we did not stop to take photos. We took the ferry to Chappaquidick Island and rode the paved roads, then returned on the ferry for lunch in Edgartown. By then it was getting late so we headed back toward
Vineyard Haven on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road bike path.

The buildings and towns here are very old, and proud of it! Most of the homes and businesses are of weathered cedar shingles with white trim. This is true of Cape Cod as well.

We took a smaller earlier ferry back to Woods Hole, since it was too late to bike out to Gay Head anyway, and we'd already shopped enough. We showered and walked with Bill to the Italian Restaurant right next door to our hotel. It was another perfect cycling day! So far it has been sunny and in the 70s, unlike the cold rainy forecast we saw before we got here.

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