On Sunday, I rode a bike out to the Nantucket Shipwreck & Life Saving Museum. It’s along the Polpis Road bike path, the nicest path on the island, in my opinion. Some sections of bike paths on Nantucket are nothing more than blacktop sidewalks alongside a road that barely provide enough space for two bikes to pass. But the Polpis Road path is wide and set far off from the road. Plus the ride is very scenic.
The museum is small, but I got a tour from a friendly gentleman who used to work aboard the Nantucket Lightship. Hence the name, the ship was a floating beacon that warned boats about the many shoals around the island. The last lightship was taken out of service in 1983 and was bought on eBay for $125,000 in 2000. It underwent a pricey renovation and was made into a luxury charter boat and was featured on one of my favorite TV shows “Amazing Vacation Homes.” Last I heard, the owner was trying to sell it for $8 million. The museum, which recently was expanded, had a few artifacts from lifesaving groups that preceded the Coast Guard. Some of the practices seemed far-fetched, but apparently they worked.
I only planned to ride to the museum and back, but since I was about three-fourths to Sconset and I liked the bike path so much, I kept going to the easternmost end of the island. My legs are still mad at me four days later.