.....later on this evening.
My apologees. I am exhausted form riding my bike over 45 kms today and walking around Martha's Vineyard (3 towns actually). Sorted my pictures but am too tired to post them and write what I want to write here. You'll just have to come back tomorrow. Actually I will post 1 picture. Maybe the only one of the trip. ME!
....the next day. "Namaste"
Fog....fog....clouds...clouds....a bit of sun....clouds...fog!
That was yesterday on Martha's Vineyard. The day started off quite warm (for the end of October), though it was cool outside at the back of the ferry on the ride over from the port of Hyannis.
If it was sunny out...well...it would have been hot! (Duh...like I needed to tell you that.)
Martha's Vineyard is approximately 100 square miles in area (much smaller than Calgary's 279 sq. mile footprint). I decided to bike as much of it as possible in the 7 hours I would be there. I read that you can easily see the eastern part of the Island in that time. This would include the towns of Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown. I had to pay extra to get on the ferry with my bike. Maybe that's why I was the only with a bike? We get off the ferry (in Oak Bluffs) and everyone else scrambles to rent a car or scooter or get on the tour buses. I get on my bike and start pedaling. I play leap frog with the tour buses. I stop and take pictures, and the bus stops, tells everyone what to look at, then drives off. Great photo ops...through a bus window. I'm glad I biked it.
First town, Vineyard Haven.
I park my bike and start walking. A lot of stores and restaurants are closed for the season. It's also time to do maintenance for next year. That's OK. I'm here to see the sights...not shop. Walk up and down Main Street.
See an individual across the street wearing a bike helmet, but what's unusual is that's he has feathers stuck on the front of it(sorry-no picture). OK...done. Next town. Not quite so fast. Walking back towards where I parked my bike I come across this beautiful flower garden with signs posted in it. One in particular catches my eye - "Kindness Matters".
Then I look up the pathway and there's a store there...."Imagine-Spirited Gifts". I walk in and the store is filled with spiritual items. I wander around wondering why I was lead here. I talk with the store owner and ask her why she opened this store. I also find what I needed here. "Walking Meditation" an instructional DVD and 5 Meditation CDs. Also a relaxation CD. I know I should be Meditating, but haven't. This should help. The cash register receipt says "Namaste". My massage therapist, Molly, back in Calgary, sent me an email a couple weeks back and signed off that way. I now knew that I had to do some research as to it's true meaning. I have often heard it said in a spiritual context. I find a website - "http://www.exoticindiaart.com/article/namaste/" that describes it's meaning. Check it out.
I'm hungry. It's lunch time. Find a restaurant by the harbor (The Black Dog Tavern).
Lunch done...time to get to the next town. But wait...I'm looking for a Martha's Vineyard souvenir...shirt of some sort actually. I know that if I start buying souvenirs in every place I like I'll have over a 100 t-shirts by the end of the Journey. But there's something about this place that screams...need a momento...or is there a different reason? I walk into "Sweats". A store on the 2nd floor of a building. There I meet Kathleen. She's falling asleep. Things are slow. I find a jean shirt with Martha's Vineyard stitched in. We chat for a while. She rents out her place over the summer and moves into her trailer. See www.blueberryblues.com if you ever want to rent a place on Martha's Vineyard during the summer. She's interested in my Journey. I promise to send her the link to my blog. I also decide to change shirts. It's getting warm out with my black long sleeve cycling jersey. I ask where the change rooms are. There are none. Kathleen says to go around the corner and do it there. I think she just wanted to see me with my shirt off.
On the road again! That should be a song title. Maybe it is. Check out the Vineyard Haven Lighthouse then it's the long ride to Edgartown.
Guess who I see on the road....the guy from town with the feather in his cap (helmet actually). Weird coincidence. But then I remember a saying from Jeremy Kroeker's blog(see prior blog entry as to who Jeremy is). When he stops north of Munich, he stays at "York's" place. As Jeremy is leaving, York says "You always meet someone twice". Guess there's some truth to that saying. We only have to be aware when that second meeting occurs.
Edgartown is beautiful...well...actually what I've seen of Martha's Vineyard till now is beautiful...even in the cloudy...foggy air.
I could walk up and down every street and take pictures of each house, they are all so unique.
I'm getting tired. Maybe I shouldn't have biked. Those scooters are looking better and better all the time. Only 5 miles (9 kms) back to Oak Bluffs. This road follows the beach...guess that's why it's called Beach Road.
Back in Oak Bluffs...still an hour before the ferry leaves. These houses are amazing. Check out the sampling of pictures I took.
The garden around one of the houses must have looked spectacular when everything was in bloom. There were dozens of butterflies fluttering around.
Back on the ferry. I sit next to an older couple. They must have wanted to move because I....STUNK! It was only for an hour.
I think I might head back next week if they say it'll be sunny. Check out the rest of the Island. But this time I'm renting a scooter...or a yellow Mini convertible(I did see one at the car rental place). For those who don't know me I use to drive a yellow Focus and also Ranger truck. "Namaste"
You'll have to wait for my narrative and pictures. I just got back and I STINK! I cycled part of the Island and it was warm out. Time for a shower than I'll post something here.