I rented a bike from Eve's at the Dockyard after walking over from our cruise ship. Beyond providing a map that I could have gotten from the tourist booth, they weren't a great help beyond "remember to ride on the left side". The trail itself is wonderful, many areas are shaded by canopies of trees from both sides. But getting to the trail - along the main road - is a little dangerous and requires a lot of caution. I rode from the Dockyard into the center of Hamilton and returned on the ferry. The cars and buses were generally patient with riders, no horn blowing or buzzing close by. But there is virtually no shoulder and you may graze the branches staying over to the left. There were times when I simply couldn't find the trail when it crossed over Middle Road and I wound up biking up some difficult and winding hills. The surface varies from asphalt to hard dirt to a sandy area which was particularly slippery.
Great views of the bay, you can see all the way back to the Dockyard. I went about 100 yards up the hill at Gibb's Lighthouse before common sense kicked in and I went back to riding the trail. Bring water; there are no businesses on the trail itself though I found several markets on my wayward trip. I bought a 1.75 liter bottle of Desani water (cold) at the Modern Mart coming in Paget for $1.90 and they gave me change in US dollars (thank you).
I was quite relieved to hit Stowe Hill on my way into Hamilton (all downhill) and into a roundabout to Front Street in Hamilton. Yes, it's the major downtown street. Yes, there were trucks, cars, and scooters galore. Pedestrians crossing away from intersections were a greater hazard, the drivers allowed me safe passage. The ride in all took about 2.5 hours, it would have been a bit faster if I could have stayed on the trail more often.
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