New England is facing its first heatwave of the summer, temperatures rising beyond to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite this, my partner and I took the Hy-Line Speed ferry from Hyannisport to Martha’s Vineyard with the intention of cycling.
Once our ship docked in Oak Bluffs, we cycled along Beach Road towards Edgartown. The paved paths are relatively biker-friendly with plenty of signage, but can become sandy in some parts. Although my partner has a proper road bike, he didn’t have any problems. The trail is also shared with walkers.
This trail is incredibly scenic with beaches straddling either side of the path, and you can see “Jaws Bridge” as you enter Edgartown. Many people were jumping off the bridge into the water below, despite it appearing shallow.
Our first stop in was at Edgartown Lightouse Beach to see the lighthouse.
After walking out onto the beach to see the lighthouse, we grabbed lunch at the Seafood Shack.
While we waited for our lunch to digest before cycling back to Oak Bluffs, we meandered about the New England island. We grabbed coffees from Love Espresso. It’s on a side street about a 5 minutes walk from downtown and is hidden in the back of what appears to be a home. There’s a cute garden area that provides cool shade.
We noticed that the roads within the towns of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, and especially near the ports, are narrow and easily become congested with lots of cars.
At the end of the day, we biked 12.5 miles. While it doesn’t seem like much, I’m proud of this feat because of the staggering temperature.
Overall, I would recommend biking on the island to anyone that’s interested. It was a $14 fee to bring a bike (round-trip) on the ferry. If you don’t have your own bike, there are plenty of places to rent bikes or scooters throughout the island.
Next time, I’d like to return to MV to explore different biking trails on the island.