on May 21, 2007
We went to Haleakala sunrise biking tour. Since most of us are from east of Hawaii, it is also good to do it the first day (with serious jet lag like us). We met 1:45am in front of Sheraton. We spent 20-30 minutes at the bike place to go over rules, etc. Then we head up to the mountain. It took 1-2 hours to get up there. It's very cold and windy up to the top. You will see many people getting up there around 6am. The sunrise itself is only 5-10 minutes. Then we started bike down. You cannot paddle the bike once it reaches 35 mph as we were told. So, most of the time, you just sit there. It could get scary going downhill with the speed but you kind of get used to it later on. It's very scenic. The tour will stop at couple place to take pictures. If any rider don't feel like riding, they can hop onto the van which always dire behind us. We went from 10,000+ ft down to the beach. We passed by some rainforest area in the middle. We stopped of a little bar area (like western style) for lunch. I have to say, this is an awesome experience for us. Once you get to the beach area, it's bright, hot, and sunny. The company did provide some heavy wind breaker and pants for rider.
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