Martha’s Vineyard – biking Oak Bluffs to Edgartown

by Oana

Monday 27 August: Cycling from Tisbury (north) to Katama Beach (south).
New day, new place. Back on Martha’s Vineyard. Bright day again, perfect for cycling. First, we go ashore to inspect our new location, Tisbury, and collect some maps. The village is quite quaint and we will surely explore it at leisure, but not today. We chose the floating pontoon by the ferry terminal to offload our bikes, and soon we are off on a new cycling adventure.
The bike paths on Martha’s Vineyard (MV) are maybe less organized than they were in Nantucket, and they do not cover the entire island, so we choose the south-east half, where the majority of the bike paths are.
First stop is in Oak Bluffs, where we admire the gingerbread cottages, a collection of 400 very colourful houses. We cycle around the Oak Bluffs Harbor and up to the East Chop Lighthouse set up in 1828. Then back to town, on Circuit Avenue we stop in a very cute coffee shop for an energizing African coffee. It is very hot today, so the coffee break in the very air-conditioned shop is also refreshing.
We venture towards Edgartown on the bike path that goes all along State Beach, a particularly pretty route, with the Nantucket Sound on one side and a pond on the other side, edged by green marshes from where we can hear crickets.
In Edgartown we cycle a bit through the town, to see it in bright sunshine, and then we move on towards Katama Beach. Another wild beach, with sand dunes, and has a magic glow in the late afternoon light.
Back in Edgartown we make a refreshing stop at Bad Martha brewery, for a well deserved tasting menu. Interesting beer, we particularly liked the jalapeño flavored one.
It’s getting a bit late now, we have less than 40 minutes till it gets dark and we forgot to bring torches. So we peddle as fast as we can, and cheat with engaging the electric power when going uphill, anything to get us to Tisbury before dark. Which we manage, just.
When we arrive to Cloudy Bay, we are pooped. No more energy to go back to the village in search of the night fun. Instead, we have a well deserved shower, and then cool off in the cockpit over dinner. It was certainly very hot today. Here we are now, with hardly any clothes on, first time in weeks now. Feels nice to be in summer mode again, and not to have heating on inside the boat.
The rest of the evening we giggle at the videos we took these days, vouching that we will start editing them. Tomorrow we cycle again, if we can still sit on our bums when we wake up!

Martha’s Vineyard photo album
Martha’s Vineyard video on Sail Cloudy Bay YouTube channel

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