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Saturday ride in Hawaii(25 posts)

Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:40 PM
I always enjoy looking at the pics of others rides.
Here is one of my usual Saturday rides. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cahin Of Craters road.
Starts at 4000' Descends through forest & lava fields 25 miles to the ocean & back up again ;-)
This 1st shot is near the top where we still have nice shade.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:43 PM
Here we have dropped down 2000' & no longer have the comfort/shade of trees ;-)
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:45 PM
These guys hang out at the 2000' level when the volcano is very active. They keep an eye on the brush fires. I know it is hard to believe but there is still brush on the hills where the lava comes down ;-)
Also hard to believe they think we are insane ;-)
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:48 PM
That is where we are headed down there.
The road ends at the lava.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:50 PM
Someone recently asked about descent speed?
See that big hairpin?
When your exiting it going down you will hit 60+ mph ;-)
That is because the prevailing tradewinds are 25mph & at you back.
Also makes climbing into that wind rough.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:52 PM
Ok we are at sea level
Now that the grueling descent is out of the way
we can start the fun part ;-)
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 4:55 PM
Uh Oh lava has crossed the road & blocked our only way home ;-)

Kidding of course ;-)
That is the road that got covered awhile back.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:00 PM
Start of climb. But I had to shrink the pics.
The arrow points out the road.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:02 PM
Remember the hairpin? That is it the arrow points it out.
Also the top of the hills you see is the 2000' level on our way back up to 4000'
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:06 PM
The climb to 1000' is pretty consistant grade as you can see.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:08 PM
Except that step you see to the left ;-)
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:13 PM
Ah much cooler now ;-)
Back up in the trees at 3000'
Sorry I should have took more pics at the 2000' but it is boring.... & did I say hot? ;-)
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:15 PM
Above 3000' is cooler but still has a few hills to get you up that last 1000'
Outstanding!!! n/tspankdoggie
Sep 22, 2002 5:20 PM
Sep 22, 2002 5:21 PM
Well its all over except maybe 300' of pretty easy & cool climbing through a rain forest.
All in all a nice ride. I have been doing it for 13+ years & I still like it. The climb is 4000' in 20 miles but broken up nicely. Lots of areas to recover after hard pulls.
The bottom coastline is 5 miles to the lava flow & can have some killer winds. So you suffer one way & fly the other.The ride use to be quite a bit longer but the lava flow is shortening the ride. If your ever on the Big Island consider this ride.
re: Saturday ride in Hawaiiflying
Sep 22, 2002 5:23 PM
PS: the mountain behind picture #8 is Mauna Loa
Another volcano but not as active. That is another nice ride but much harder. I did it today but no camera ;-(
I will post some pics in the future.
Thanks for the memories.MB1
Sep 22, 2002 5:39 PM
I raced that road a few times in the 70's. Not much changes, still hot windy and hilly-I always prefered the higher elevations.

How about posting a set of the saddle road sometime?
Thanks for the memories.flying
Sep 22, 2002 5:47 PM
Yes I remember you said you had lived in Hawaii in one of your posts. Boy you probably raced it when it was still possible to go right around & through Kalapana?
I miss that. Also I use to refill my water at the Kalapana end of the road. Now we must carry what we need ;-)

I will post Saddle road pics too.
I love that ride & it is tough! Sea level to 9000'.
I use to ride it to train for cycle to the sun on Haleakala Maui. I just started riding it again. eeeking my way up in partial rides ;-)

Michelob Tour of Hawaii.MB1
Sep 22, 2002 5:56 PM
I may still have one of those old t-shirts around.

Yes, we did do the ride up to the volcano via Kalapana although not in the Michelob race.

Now you went and made me feel old.

What the heck time is it there in Hawaii now? It is bedtime in DC.

Mahalo & Aloha
Michelob Tour of Hawaii.flying
Sep 22, 2002 6:36 PM
Nah anyone doing 10,000 miles a year is far from old ;-)
It is 4:40pm as I write this.
I have been tending to my daughter so some time may have passed since you wrote.
Sep 23, 2002 5:36 AM
I can see why you still enjoy the ride. It looks challenging enough for a good workout and you can really get away from "civilization" for a while. I think it would take a few rides for me to get past the shock effect from the scenery. Thanks for posting the pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing the other ride as well.
Beautiful. Thanks for posting! nmfbg111
Sep 22, 2002 5:44 PM
Great Ride ReportScot_Gore
Sep 22, 2002 6:35 PM
Hawaii, is amazing. To see so many different landscapes in one place, all within a bike ride of each other, temperate, tropic, lunar, the whole gammit.

Very nice pictures! thnx (nt)ZvierBoy
Sep 22, 2002 11:48 PM
Awesome pictures, looks like incredibly unique riding. (nm)js5280
Sep 23, 2002 8:09 AM