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All Aboard the Bike Ferry!

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For a few days this week, my gal Fatima and I were lucky enough to get a free stay with friends on my first visit to Martha's Vineyard. While out on a 41 mile exploration to Aquinnah, we got to ride the Menemsha Bike Ferry!

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It took all of about three minutes to travel across Menemsha Creek, in which I had just enough time to snap a few photos and talk to our pilot who told us he started the bike ferry as an entrepreneurial venture, "oh, about ten years ago."

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The service runs daily in the summer from 9 AM to 5 PM and costs a five spot for the lift. There is no schedule, it just zips back and forth all day. "Never more than six bikes at a time" our skipper chirped. He leaves the dock when full or if he sees someone waiting on the other side.

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Speaking of, IF you are waiting on the other side for too long, you can either wave, holler, OR blow the whistle! (Yes, that's technology I like.)

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I know it is not the only bikes-only ferry in the world as there are scores of other seasonal ferries including ones in Melbourne and Vermont.

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In the end it was just nice to get in a breather and take in the scenery. But it also made me think about our terribly congested East River Bridges - here we were paying a fee to cross a teensie body of water with our bikes, surely car drivers could pony up at least a five spot for a bridge trip? Right? What?!

1 Comment
  • JdS

    The guy in the picture manning the boat is Fred Taylor, uncle to James Taylor.  Jame's brother Hugh mans the boat a couple of days per week, and I've heard rumors that sometimes James himself fills in when needed.  Wouldn't it be cool to have James Taylor making change on a $10 bill for you?