Posted by: bikenfool | July 7, 2009

Tour of Martha’s Vineyard…

Kicking off the season…
After The Patriot Half Ironman, Wendi and Iron Chick had taken the week off to relax. I too had plans to take the week off but numerous issues at work kept me from this goal. We had hopes of doing lots of biking during the week but the weather had other plans.  With all hopes of taking some vacation time gone out the window, I did manage to take one day off before Wendi headed back to Jersey. Wendi, Iron Chick and I decided to do a “Tour of Martha’s Vineyard” on the only day that we did not have rain in more than two weeks.

Getting there…
We loaded up the trusty Jeep with our bikes and headed to Falmouth to catch the Island Queen Ferry to The Vineyard. The Island Queen offers a clean quick trip that takes only about 20 minutes. Traveling with these type of bikes is interesting. We had a Cervelo P2,  Cervelo P3 and a Cervelo Soloist. From old to young, the Cervelos certainly drew comments every where we went.

Team Cervelo on The Island Queen

Team Cervelo on The Island Queen

The Girls...

The Girls…

Riding the island…
Our Tour of The Vineyard took us from Oak Bluffs thru Vineyard Haven then to Edgartown. While in Edgartown we took the ferry to Chappaquiddick. Once back in Edgartown we traveled to South Beach then made our way back to Oak Bluffs.

The Ride...

The Wendy Cam...

The Wendi Cam…

The island offers miles of bike paths that generally connect most of the towns. The down side is that bike traffic can be heavy and there are lots of little kids. Additionally, the stormy weather had really done a number on the paths leaving debris, sand and rocks.  We elected to ride the road instead of the path much to the dismay of some drivers.

Heading to Chappaquiddick...

Heading to Chappaquiddick…

The routes we took we very scenic flowing by numerous ocean view bluffs and salt ponds. Chappaquiddick is accessed by a small ferry and although the area is only about 7 miles of road,  it was really fun to ride as there was almost no traffic. We had a great lunch in Edgartown overlooking the water followed by a trip to South Beach then back to the ferry at Oak Bluffs. The trip was about 40 miles.  

All in all…
It definately was fun to tour the Vineyard, the roads are in good shape, there is super scenery and lots of great food. I would certainly ride there again but traffic is a consideration. There are plenty of bike paths to get you almost everywhere you would want to go but I am just not a bike path person. I like to move at a good pace but the bike path does not really allow that during the season and the roads are really crowded with cars. If you move away from the main towns, the roads are definitely less crowded and early or late in the season is probably the best bet.  
 
 

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