The bike path to Madaket-one of my favorite views - first shot of ocean on path
At my turn around!
Nantucket is gorgeous but cold and windy. We battled traffic and highway accidents to catch the 9:15 ferry after leaving home at 3 a.m. In the end we did not make it so we took the high speed ferry only arriving one hour later than originally planned. Our friend met us and whisked us off to a brown bag lunch at the whaling museum. Then we explored the downtown before coming back to her house. Eventually I decided to go for a bike ride. Many many mistakes were made. She had told me the bikes here were clunkers. When I found I could not shift the bike I was riding I thought that was just how it was. (Mistake#1)I was riding a bike path out to Madaket. It was slightly farther than 5 miles I believed. It was threatening rain. I had brought a book in the bike basket to read when I got there.(Mistake #2). I had not worn my raincoat or new rain pants which I had brought to Nantucket with me. (Mistake # 3 and the biggest one). About two miles into the ride it started to sprinkle. I did not turn back. (Mistake #4-maybe) I continued and rode the entire way even as I passed 5 miles, even as it began to rain quite hard, even though I couldn’t shift. I stopped briefly to admire the rough seas once I got there. Once I turned around yet another piece of bad luck. I got a flat tire. So I am now riding in the rain and wind soaking wet with a flat tire and I have more than 5 miles to go. The one smart thing I did was to throw a baggie into my waist pack I could put my camera and phone into. I survived just fine and will look upon it as another adventure.
The beach at Madaket again at sunset
There were seals playing in the water
Friday I did not ride. It was tremendously windy and cold. I went for two long walks, took a nap, read, and enjoyed being here with friends.
My friend's house
I can see the ocean from "my" house!
On our afternoon walk -
-walking in front of all the houses