Jaws Bridge, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Martha’s Vineyard was the location where Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” and its sequels were shot and somehow the American Memorial Legion Bridge coined its nickname from the movie. It became a ritual of passage for people to jump from the bridge no matter that there are several signs on the the bridge advising otherwise.
Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
But it’s summer and a lot of things go in this paradise, in my opinion the most beautiful island off the coast of Massachusetts. The island is also very pleasant and safe for biking. There are bike trails all over the it but the best are on its eastern and center parts.
Edgartown harbor, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
We decided to take the Woods Hall ferry to the island. But the charming Woods Hall is a parking impossibility otherwise and buses shuffle the day trippers from a several miles away large parking place to the ferry terminal. So we used our biking independence by leaving the car on the bike trail parking and biked about 3 miles and hopped a morning ferry.
The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Heaven, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
We started to bike from Oaks Bluff to Edgartown over Jaws Bridge full of jumpers and returned towards Vineyard Heaven through the State Forest bike trails, a set of green tunnels through the dense forest that connects pastures where horses serenely trot. On instances it was looking like Provence in Massachusetts without the lavender fields.
The bike trail in the state forest, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
From Vineyard Heaven, deserted when we arrived that has also a Black Cat business competing with its more famous Black Dog, we completed the 35 miles bike loop going back to Oaks Bluff. There, after an excellent dinner we took a late ferry and biked by the sea shore in the night the 3 miles back to the parked car listening to the waves battering on the Shining Sea bike trail.
Telegraph Hill Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, MA