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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
As promised I returned for some more today, I caught the 0600 ferry to Vineyard Haven and mixed it up a bit. Instead or going counter clockwise I went clockwise around the island and spent more time on inner roads. 74 miles in all.
Sunny day on the vineyard, life couldn’t get any better. Until the drive home.....

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Nice! Beautiful weather, both days.

Got out there on Saturday with my wife, it was a good practice trip before the next one (CCRT to the beach with kiddo on tandem). A number of points for future reference:
- Parking in one of the Shining Sea lots is a great way to do it in order to avoid the shuttle & crowds. Get off the ferry and just go. Saw probably about 10 other people do the same thing.
- You get a ticket to/from the island - doesn't matter which port (VH or OB), although the former has a prettier marina and the latter is a prettier town)
- The ferry line could be either a complete circus or a well-run operation, depends on the person running the show at the gate. Wish in this day and age with the number of cyclists taking those ferries they would have a better way of storing bikes rather than just leaning them onto one another in a giant pile.
- The east side coastal route (via Beach Rd.) is excellent. The state forest is nice but a bit monotonous. I would argue that the rolling hills and farms you get to experience riding west on North/Middle roads (biking on the roads though) are more interesting.
- Beach Rd. between OB and VH is very scenic too
- DO stop at the Edgartown Harbor Light, it's an awesome area and the beach there is great with very gentle waves. In fact, probably my favorite spot from this trip
- Riding in town is nowhere near as pleasant as on the trails - bad pavement, no shoulder
- Bike racks, which are mostly of the high-school vertical bar type, are plentiful but also full of bikes in various state of decay and can be a challenge, especially if you're attempting to lock two bikes at once with a Ulock that's too short (need to brush up on my locking game)
- Unlike me, don't forget to take a picture of your bike near a beach!

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