Friday, October 22, 2010

First Two Days in Nantucket

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

21 comments:

Chris K said...

Once again, another post card. Amazing pictures. Glad you made it back alive :-)

Tortuga_Runner said...

gorgeous!

Steel Springs said...

Breathtaking photos. I think that sometimes a little suffering leads to a great adventure.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Good thing you brought a baggie! If not, we might not be enjoying these photos! The last two are my favorites - the gate and the clouds over the ocean.

Dash said...

Wow! That's is lovely! Glad you are having fun!

Ewa said...

That is a cool adventure even if a bit wet.
Beautiful photography. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope the weather cooperates.

Marlene said...

Wow, it looks just like I pictured from the books! Enjoy!

P said...

Wonderful pictures (as usual). What a trooper you are, riding five miles in the rain with a flat tire!!

Anne said...

YOu always get such amazing pics on your adventures :) ...glad your bike ride caused no major damage!

Jill said...

Yikes, that was truly an adventure, glad all was ok in the end! Your friend is very blessed, what a gorgeous house with amazing views - so wish I were there right now. Enjoy the rest of your trip, and hope your heel is happy on vacation!

misszippy said...

My husband and I were there about a year ago to celebrate an anniversary. It is so beautiful and I ran on that very path every day! You are a trooper to stick it out like that!

Liz said...

Beautiful sunset! Sounds as though you're having a great time!

Johann said...

What a fantastic place! Beautiful! Have a wonderful time there!

Julie said...

OMG! I am in heaven just looking at all of your wonderful pictures! Gorgeous!

Sorry about all of the mistakes...now you will always remember this special trip and exciting bike ride:) I am glad that you are enjoying yourself!

HappyTrails said...

Fabulous photos! Sunrise/sunset at the water is hard to beat. (Could do without the cold references - sensitive subject at this time of year...) Looks like a fun trip - enjoy!!!

racing dawn said...

those photos are right out of martha stewart living! so jealous. so glad you're enjoying your trip!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wow seriously...now I totally want to take a trip there!!!

lindsay said...

omg! tell her she needs to adopt me asap! adorable house, awesome views!!

Her Name is Rio said...

Wow- you are riding in the most beautiful places! How inspirational!

Darlene said...

It looks so beautiful...

FruitFly said...

I think I now want to live in Nantucket!