|We stayed on the coast of West Maui, in the town of |
This vacation was my first real opportunity to try out my Bike Friday traveling bike. It was great to be able to take a bike along without any extra fees. I just rolled the travel case up to the baggage check and checked it like a regular suitcase (which, essentially, it is!). When we got to our destination, it only took a few minutes to get the bike unpacked and put together. I should also point out that it was nice not having to find a rental bike -- the Bike Friday is my own bike and although it looks unusual, it fits me perfectly.
|Bike Friday, and a scenic overlook by Ma'alaea Bay.|
Early on our first morning, I got up and went for a ride down the western coastline, on the Honoapaiilani Highway from Ka'anapali, where we stayed, down to Ma'alaea Bay. The ride down the western coastline is relatively flat and passes through the town of Lahaina (which used to be the royal capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii) and a number of resorts -- which means lots of traffic and lots of tourists. Still, as one gets further from the resorts and closer to the bay, the scenery gets better and better.
|The sun rising over the West Maui mountains.|
|There was a wind farm on a ridge along the southern part of|
the mountains, leading down to Ma'alaea Bay. The wind
here was strong and constant.
|Riding over the northern part of West Maui was a challenge.|
Lots of hills -- but also, beautiful, unspoiled scenery.
|There were some great views from the road.|
|This red clay soil was all over the island. Here, it was like|
a huge red wall.
|I made it up to the part in the blue circle, just to the edge|
of the national park boundary. It was another 12 miles
and 3500 feet of elevation to the summit, but I was toast.
My family planned to drive to the summit and they gave me a few hours head start, so hopefully we would all meet me at the top. I was advised that descending the volcano after riding to the top (where the temperature could easily be 30 degrees colder) is a good way to get hypothermic, so it seemed like a good plan.
|I did get to the summit, but by car, not bike. Pretty amazing|
view at the summit. This is the massive crater of Haleakala and
its many cinder cones.
I did get to do more riding during the week, getting out almost every day. All told, being able to see so much of Maui on my own bike was a great experience -- the Bike Friday worked out well.