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by Chief Mike
August 4, 2003
As the sun starts to brighten the distant horizon, the picture-taking commences, until the full fire-ball appears and seems to light-up the entire sky. Only at that time can you see the outlines of the large moon-like crater that last erupted over 200 years ago. Some 40+ miles in the distance you can see the twin peaks of Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa on the Big Island in a sea of white clouds.
The bike ride begins shortly thereafter -- all downhill -- on the winding road out of the national park, past the pastures and old ranches, down the side of the dormant volcano. You eventually make your way to the small cowboy town of Makawao, which is where, as our tour-guide commented, many people who want to get lost from civilization end up.
After shedding the wind/rain suits, gulping down a hot breakfast of eggs or pancakes (radioed ahead so it's basically ready when you arrive) and strolling around the town a bit, you're back on the bike to ride another few miles (with a little more pedaling, but not much) past sugar cane fields to Maui's north shore at the town of Paia, home to a number of quaint stores. After some more pictures at the beach, its back in the van for the journey home, arriving between noon and 1pm, and ready for a well-deserved nap.
From journal Our Maiden Journey to Magical Maui
November 28, 2007
From journal Week in Maui
Newport, Rhode Island
August 12, 2003
We took a van up the mountain for a one hour drive after all was said and done, and witnessed breathtaking views and were above the clouds. We were given gortex pants and tops as well as a helmet for the ride down the mountain. We were able to stop several times and our guide was safe for the novices who had never been on a bike for 20 years.
The ride down was a fun way to experience another part of Maui, and we even stopped in Paia' and went to the beach. We stopped part way down in a small town and had a nice Mexican breakfast that was included in the price.
Imagine biking down a volcano 10,000 feet up at 35 degrees at the top and enjoying the view and biking down the crater. Don't miss this. Believe us, it is safe!
From journal Hawaii 3week trip.Kauai,Oahu,Maui
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida
September 10, 2003
The sun started coming up about 5:30am. What a view this was. It's worth it to do the sunrise tour even though it's early--it is worth it. With all the stops and even stopping for breakfast, which is included in the tour, we were back at the resort by 11:30am and spent the rest of the day by the pool and beach getting some sun and having drinks.
From journal Maui Paradise