We met at Rice Park in Kula for a continental breakfast and to get to know our host, Marc, and the other bikers. Marc was very nice, and safety was on his mind. On the ride in the van up the volcano, Marc pointed out mistakes some of the bikers on their way down were making. This was done in a lighthearted way, yet seriously enough that you knew where it was safe to ride. Non-riders and young children may ride down in the van, children should be 14 before they are allowed to bike down.
Once at the starting area for the bike tour at the entrance to Haleakala National Park, we were fitted to our 24 speed comfort bikes and helmets. If it has been awhile since you have ridden a bike there is an area there for you to practice before you take off.
We were sent off in small groups and allowed to go whatever speed we were comfortable going, and to stop and enjoy the views whenever we wanted to. Wow, you can get going fast biking down a volcano!! The brakes were working well, though, so the ride was exhilarating! The van is close behind, so if there were any problems, Marc would be there soon to help out.
We rode by the Haleakala Ranch founded by the missionary’s descendents, eucalyptus tree woods, and pasture land. It was nice to be able to stop and go as we pleased. We took lots of pictures on the way down.
We ended the 33 mile ride with a deli-style lunch at the Tedeschi Winery. It is the only winery in Hawaii. The grounds of the winery were pretty, and we just had to try the pineapple wine!!