|LOVE my new bike. Love it.|
The weather called for gusty trades and scattered showers. The wind howled all night and was blowing a good 25 mph when I got up, so I thought I was in for headwind hell, but it was blissfully calm by the time I got to Keokea park for the start. It was also 54-freakin-degrees.
If you are reading this and you live somewhere where outdoor winter riding is not an option, and it gets freezing cold, you have every right to call me a wimp. But geez, I am a tropical island girl and anything below 70F has me running for my sweatshirt. I am always worried I am going to be cold, then 15-20 minutes into a ride or run I am calling myself ridiculous and thankful (usually) that I didn't bundle up. With the ride starting at 3,500ft and a call for wind and rain, I added a couple of layers - my YMX long sleeve shirt, a sleeveless cycling jersey AND my new Athleta Quarter Mile Half Zip. I was still cold for the first 20 minutes or so, as we raced downhill into Ulupalakua in the shadow of Haleakala, but I warmed up just enough by the turnaround to strip off the outermost layer. It only got up to about 65 degrees, so was still a bit cool, but comfortable.
|How most of the road looked.|
I got a new bike in October - a Trek Madone 4.7 - and love every minute on it. I was especially looking forward to this ride because I haven't had the opportunity to ride this route before. It was SPECTACULAR!
|At the turn-around, looking toward Kaupo.|
|Kahikinui Wind Farm|
On the return we got a glimpse of the new wind farm going up on the backside of the island along with breathtaking views of Maui's leeward coast. I was completely caught up in the scenery and enjoyed every minute of the ride.
Not long after I took the last picture, I was cruising up over a hill and just as a crested it I looked up at the brilliant blue sky. I took my eyes off the road at just the wrong moment and hit a small pile of lava rocks that had spilled onto the road from the nearby hillside. As my bike pitched over the pile I was immediately thankful I wasn't going any faster because I think I would have crashed. It was bad enough, however, as I realized I had my first ever mid-ride flat tire. Leave it to me to find the one pile of debris on an otherwise immaculate stretch of road!
I limped over to the shoulder, thankful I had a spare and knew how to change the tire, but also knowing that it would probably take me awhile since I can count on one hand how many times I've changed a tire in practice. And since this ride was mostly unsupported AND I was near the back of the pack of riders, I knew help wouldn't appear any time soon.
Just as I was pulling over, another cyclist heading out (and not with our ride), stopped and asked if he could help. Not 10 minutes later I was back on the road again - special MAHALO to Dave of Makawao for lending me his expertise!
I caught up to my friend Sarah on the way back and we rode together to the finish. It was a bit of a trudge climbing back out of Ulupalakua, but an overall great ride.
I can't wait to get out there again!