Globebent Does Hawaii On A Wedgie

User: globebent
Dates: 12 Dec 2013 - 24 Dec 2013
Duration: 1 week, 4 days

December12-24. Touring the Big Island counterclockwise. Not aiming to break any records. Averaging 65k and 1000m gain per day. With lots of play time.
Westjet, $540, plus $50, plus $35(oversize box)
6.5hr flight

Tuesday 24 Dec 2013 7:30

Back in Vancouver. Just a short drive to the ferry and home. It was a fun trip. Plenty there that I didn't ride so good Redon to go back. Highly recommend the big island for cycling. Cheep accommodations, good shoulders/roads. I saw lots of what looked like good free camping areas and lots of beach parks.

Posted: Dec. 24, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

Monday 23 Dec 2013 17:46

After waimea we took the saddle road to the Mauna Kea access road and climbed to over 4000 meters. Spotted a few snow patches but not like expected, it was Frickin chilly with the wind factor. We found a good spot to sit and watch the sun set. We timed it pretty well considering. We had perhaps 30 minutes to look around before the sun dipped to the horizon. Amazing view from up there. After that there was nothing left but to drop back down to Kona, gas up, have dinner, and drive out to the airport.

Posted: Dec. 24, 2013, 3:46 a.m.

Monday 23 Dec 2013 15:45

Waimea. Again. En route to Mauna Kea

Posted: Dec. 24, 2013, 1:45 a.m.

Monday 23 Dec 2013 13:33

Hawi town We decided to drive around some more today. Take on some things we missed biking. So... Packed up the bikes:( last day of trip and first day no biking. Had a beachside breaky and headed north.

Posted: Dec. 23, 2013, 11:33 p.m.

Sunday 22 Dec 2013 12:40

Ocean View then on to south point and black sands beach. We may have really pissed off the bike gods... Rented a truck today and drove all over the place. Something I've never done on a bike tour. I did cycle 20k to get the truck though. Counts for something. Special circumstances though. Beaches have been closed to swimmers due to the storm (though it seems to have all finally calmed down) and Heisenberg doesn't like his bike anymore:) So.. We hit spots we missed while biking and topped the evening off with a luau. The picture was taken at Black Sand Beach. These turtles aren't shy. They come right up on the beach and sleep on the warm sand though people are swimming, snorkeling, body boarding tanning etc. pretty cool.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2013, 10:40 p.m.

Saturday 21 Dec 2013 15:35

Waipio valley-Waimea-Kona 100kms 1000m gain So we've completed our 500km circle of the island. We took a back road short cut to Waimea that consisted of 2kms of hike a bike, 2kms gravel road and maybe 16kms of whats known as Mud Lane. We connected back up with 19 at the precise moment as a cycling couple on the opposite side of the road. Turns out they're from Calgary, were on our flight to Kona, are touring the island same direction as us, and are on the same return flight home! We lunched in Waimea together but parted afterwards. They weren't going to Kona today. There's a bike shop in town. Mountain Road Cycle. A really cool shop. Matt (who has lived in whistler and Squamish) helped me out with some bike issues I was having. Up on the wall he's got a bamboo bike, a penny farthing, and a rideable wooden bike. Check it out. It's a long story but somehow Heisenberg and I got separated on our way out of town and didn't hook back up until Kona. 70k and 4 hours later. It was a great ride along the coast. Not right along the ocean, but close. The latest storm, one that brought a lot of rain and winds with it and managed to miss us completely, has resulted in what the locals are saying are the largest waves in over 4 years. Some 20' breakers. Pretty impressive to see.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2013, 1:35 a.m.

Thursday 19 Dec 2013 20:21

Uncle Billy's (Hilo) - Waipio Wayside B&B (Honokaa) 72kms 1750m gain Last night we'd caught warning of a storm approaching Hilo and expected this morning. The weather network and TV news confirmed it. So big relief to wake up to overcast skies but no rain yet. We grabbed breaky (worth mentioning...French toast made from traditional malasadas and topped with a saucy raspberry, strawberry, blackberry mix and a side of Portuguese sausages) and headed north. You can ride through the park and along the waterfront for a bit before you have to merge with traffic on the 19. We could see the storm clouds approaching from the northwest and they had us worried some. Spurring us along. A few rain drops caught us a time or two. A respectable boom of thunder not too far off reminded us to keep up the cadence. However, shortly after noon we were out of its path and into the sun with a robust tailwind pushing us along. Honokaa is a very cool little town with buildings from the early 1900s. We stopped in at the People's Theatre. Built in 1930, operating an esspresso shoppe in front(serving excellent lattes) loaded with old theatre memorabilia and still running as a theatre showing live entertainment and current movies. Cool right? The B&B was by far the classiest joint on our circuit. (priciest too) Even discovered a couple John Kelly dark chocolate truffle fudge bars in our room. It was a tough day for Heisenberg. New to biking and bike touring and this being the big climb day of the trip with a 700m/25km climb first thing in the morning to boot, has left him thinking bus ride to Waimea in the morning. I'm trying to talk him out of it but he's pretty knackered. Guess we will see.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2013, 6:21 a.m.

Wednesday 18 Dec 2013 12:49

Zipline. Rode up to Honomu this morning and enjoyed the Eco adventure akaka falls zipline experience. It's a series of 7 zips culminating with the 3000' long one that spans a 250' waterfall. It's all wide open with great views of the pacific and Mauna kea.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2013, 10:49 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 18:21

Volcano-Hilo 50kms downhill. 12m gain:) Awoke to another beautiful morning. As we rolled away from Hale halana I glanced back over my shoulder and was rewarded with a great view of Mauna Kae and the observatories. That was something we hadn't seen on both rides to the B&B as it was dark both times. According to strava, there was a 12 meter high bump in the otherwise 50 downhill kilometers that lead us to Uncle Billy's on Banyon Dr. but I must've rolled right over it. The grade was such that i could just let er rip without ever needing to brake. The temperature rose by degrees with every meter we dropped. Not that it was cold at 1200m. I was fairly comfy coasting in my jersey and lycras right from the get go but by the time we got to Hilo we were back in serious heat. Environment Canada said 27 but feels like 34. Humid. Anyway, we biked round town a bit. Got a bite to eat and later walked the 4kms to the theater that "The Hobbit 3D" was playing at. Might seem like a strange thing to do while in Hawaii but back home it would take about 7 hrs and $100 to see The Hobbit in 3D. And that's if I went alone. So it was a real treat. Uncle Billy's Hilo is situated right off the beach. The staff is friendly, there's a pool and a center tropical garden with man made ponds that are loaded with fish and frogs. Makes for wonderful background sounds. Hilo is a good sized city and there is lots to see and do from here.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2013, 4:21 a.m.

Monday 16 Dec 2013 20:48

Day off. Nice lazy morning at the halana. Which, I should mention if I haven't already is a large house with hot tub and all the usual crap you'd expect that we had all to ourselves. Mahi came by around 8 and made us breakfast and gave us lots of local info. Helped us plan our day some. Then left. I patched a tube, changed out my rear tire which was thread bare in one spot. Anyway, we got going. A gentle 8k, 500ft drop into town. Grabbed some deli sandwiches for later and headed into the park. We rode partway down chain of craters rd then back up and along a section of crater rim rd that was closed to cars. We were able to walk over to the edge and check things out. Then we zipped through the lava tube. Nowhere near as impressive as the kula Kai. After that we hiked the rim of Kilauea Iki, dropped down into the crater and walked across it before climbing back up to the bikes. Had a beer and pizza at the volcano house waited for the sun to set and the sky to darken.That's when Kilauea Caldera, the active volcano is most pectacular. Then it was 10k or so kms back to the halana.

Posted: Dec. 17, 2013, 6:48 a.m.

Sunday 15 Dec 2013 21:13

Ocean view -Volcano 98kms 1600m gain Lynn put out a great breakfast for us. So much food we didn't have to go shop for lunch. Just squirreled a bunch of stuff away for later. Lingered too long but so what:). On the road about 9. Saw a lot of coffee plantations and macadamia nut farms today. Banana trees too. The first 35kms dropped us down to the ocean. Many spectacular vistas along the way. Cool small towns too. Heisenberg had a flat about then. We fixed it fast and checked out the black sands beach. Turtles come up on the beach and sun themselves there. Actually go to sleep there despite all the curious humans. Alas... It's in the afternoon they like to lounge and we had to push on. That's where the 4000ft climb to volcano begins. Stretches out over 50k or so. Nothing stupid steep. Just gradual. A fun climb. You ride through rolling grasslands, lava rock dessert, and finally tropical rainforest. It started to drizzle about 20k from volcano. Felt great. Cooling. It started to pour about 10k from volcano. That didn't feel quite as nice. Got a bit cold. It didn't last long though. The Thai restaraunt served perhaps the best pad thai and green curry I've ever had. And the service was very good. Our B&B.. The halana hale was another 8k out of town along a narrow, unmarked road without streetlights. It was full dark by the time we finished dinner. The full moon was bright enough to ride without lights. Very cool. Tropical fauna all around us. Hundred of tree frogs singin their frog songs. We got to the B&B and discovered we had the whole house to ourselves. Nobody else here.
Tomorrows a day off. Some hikin and bikin in store but back to halana hale tomorrow night.

Posted: Dec. 16, 2013, 7:13 a.m.

Saturday 14 Dec 2013 17:32

Across the highway, through the gate, and 2k down the mtn towards the ocean from the Leilani b&b in ocean view is the Kula Kai Caverns.. Heisenberg and I had reserved the 2hr lava tubes tour. It was $99ea but well worth it. We donned our helmets, gloves and knee/shin pads at the yurt beside one of the caves entrances and spent a few minutes getting aquainted with our guide Kat and the other two paying guests. A cool couple from Florida en route to a 3 month vacation in New Zealand. Kat gave us a bit of a geology lesson and we were on our way. The first bit was lit up naturally from the light filtering in the cave entrance. The second bit had electric lights strategically located. The rest required our head lamps. We spent about 2,5 hrs underground exploring the tube. Great fun. Quite different from any caving I've ever done. There was a section we had to crawl about 30 feet through. Another section we climbed up into a secondary tube. At one point we all found a relatively comfy seat, turned out all our head lamps and just absorbed the darkness and the silence. Very cool. We emerged on the other side of the road as the sun was setting. Highly recommend taking this tour.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2013, 3:32 a.m.

Saturday 14 Dec 2013 13:19

Cptn cook-ocean view 52kms 574 m gain Got Rollin round 8am. Highway 11 all the way. No real stops. Lots of coffee plantations and rural housing initially. Gave way to vast lava rock fields. Saw a zebra! Seriously! Was a fast, fun day. No serious elevation drops or climbs. Pretty good shoulder. Good pavement. The Leilani B&B is good value and Lynn a great host with some entertaining bike tour stories. The room was bright and comfy. Very quiet overnight. After our caving at the Kula Kai Caverns, a short walk into town provided more than a couple dinner options.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2013, 11:19 p.m.

Friday 13 Dec 2013 19:06

Kona-Captain Cook 25k, 28degrees, 70%humidity, 650m gain For reasons I at the moment am not at liberty to explain, my buddy touring with me does not want his name divulged. So when I refer to him, I'll just call him... Heisenberg. It was a great first day. Heading south we rode along Alii Dr. for the first half of the ride. Lots of varied beach front. Big black lava rock boulders, sandy beaches, very calm waters. Lots of resorts. We stopped at beaches few times but didn't get our feet wet. Great ocean views all day long. Eventually the road turned inland and we climbed up to highway 11. Lots more traffic but a good shoulder. We decided to stay in Captain Cook for the night. The hotel manago has simple breezy rooms for 60 bucks and a pretty good cheap menu. For lunch I had fresh ahi with rice, sprouts and veggies for 12 bucks. Heisenberg had Mahi Mahi same. Dinner was equally good, equally cheap. We wandered around town a bit, probably should've hit the beach but didn't. Definetely saw spots that would be awesome to snorkel.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2013, 5:06 a.m.

Friday 13 Dec 2013 2:02

Arrived the big island about 10pm. 26C and Scattered clouds. Even felt a few cooling raindrops on our way across the Tarmac. Gotta love that surreal contrast. Not just warm, but humid too. Palm trees everywhere. The sweet floral smell? Covered but open air baggage claim area. Small, relaxed feel airport. Couldve built up the bikes and ridden into kona but didn't. So 30 bucks and a cool taxi ride later we checked into our 99 dollar room at Uncle Billy's. Powered up the ceiling fan and built the bikes. Went to pump up the tires and discovered that Zoey the wonder dog sabotaged the pump with a few well placed bites. She hates it when i dont bring her along on bike rides. So I guess one of the first items on tomorrow agenda is to visit the local bike shop. Thanks buddy. Billy's is smack dab in the middle of town. Close to the ocean bike shop and Starbucks too. I predict a leisurely start in the morning. Pretty quiet at 10pm this evening. Though I'm sure if we made an effort we'd find some nightlife somewhere near. Don't think we'll bother though.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

Thursday 12 Dec 2013 16:46

First tour ever on myTCR. For numerous reasons I Left the recumbent behind this trip. Short days planned. Packing light. Touring the big island counter clockwise from Kona. Eta...10pm. Uncle Billy's here we come.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Globebent Does Hawaii On A Wedgie

User: globebent
Dates: 12 Dec 2013 - 24 Dec 2013
Duration: 1 week, 4 days

December12-24. Touring the Big Island counterclockwise. Not aiming to break any records. Averaging 65k and 1000m gain per day. With lots of play time.
Westjet, $540, plus $50, plus $35(oversize box)
6.5hr flight

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