Sunday, October 25, 2009

Riding The Volcano...

Hawaii...Hawaii...Paradise! Another adventurous day (or few days) captured my heart yet again. My amigo Pablo and his family have a home in Volcano, when I got the invitation to spend the weekend with them my bike and I could not say no! I adore the "other sides" of the island and I have about 8 things I want to tackle on my "Hawaiian must-do-in-this-life-list"...4 more to go! On the Friday ride over I called Hilo Mike to let him know we would be in his neighborhood and to get ready for Saturday...the boys had no idea they were going to help me check another thing off my Hawaiiana list...

Kilauea is our states most active volcano. The report for the day went like this:
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
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To me that meant, safe. I asked the boys if we could PLEASE ride to the coast, the lava flow, the "beach". I have ALWAYS wanted to do this ride. It's kind of exciting to ride up and down an active volcano with lava slowly coming out at the bottom and steam vents causing you a bit of suffocation in certain areas of the ride. I'm not sure it was on their "must do" list but they had as much fun as me.
Eventually we got as far as the bikes could go, as close to the ocean as possible, and within touch of lava. My bike has never been hotter! Going down was cake. Going up...it was like riding up a volcano, if you can imagine that.
Check out the lava running into the ocean and creating that steamy view in the right side of the above foto. Click it to make it bigger for your viewing pleasure... that was our "turn around here point".
The only surviving palms in the lower area...
2,000 feet more to climb...
Going up???
Vamos amigooooooooooo!


We had a little trouble rolling up our windows.... I did discover that if you lick your arm you can taste the sulfur and get A LOT of salt, no need for salt tabs on this ride! The passing cars looked at us like we were a bunch of fools riding without gas masks...
Phewwwwww.... back to the top...we escaped the lava.

What a fantastic weekend. Some riding, some hiking, a giant turkey dinner with amazing company, no computer and limited phone connection, my book, my journal, 2 cameras, and another weekend in paradise! Sunday is closing up...Monday is almost here, and another week awaits. I did get an email from Coach Paul too... it's a good one...cha cha cha!!
Ua ola loko i ke aloha-Love gives life...
LOTS of hugs,
Bree
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15 comments:

Oscarjet said...

Genial !!!!!! :DD

ADC said...

That place is beautiful.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Great pics. I need to go for a lottery slot next year so I can experience the scenery before or after the race.... in my rental car that is..

Kim said...

Very fun! Glad you made it safe and checked another thing off your "bucket" list! The pictures are great and I hope you got Plan A from coach or Plan B - or whichever one you wanted! I can't remember which is was!! Turkey dinner??! That's next month Bree - maybe you're just warming up!

t-odd said...

You certainly haven't been wasting your "off-season" sitting around eating oreos. Keep living that Hawaiian life to the full. Great pictures.

CoachLiz said...

What a cool adventure! I hope that one day I can make that bike ride as well. What is amazing is that in the cracks of lava that rolled over the earch burning and killing everything in its path there are little ferns that are growing with a little dust and moisture. What little fighters! It is such a testament to the fact that when times are tough and there does not seem like any way that a hostile enviroment can be productive, you cannot give up. Growth is always possible! Life can return and the impossible is possible.

Great photos and I cannot wait to hear what Coach Paul said about Plan A, B, or C!

Teresa said...

That looks like so much fun...sort of! Gosh you have been busy! We used to like our arms (when swimming a ton) to smell the chlorine rotting in our skins...never thought of doing it for a salt back up plan!

tn

D said...

Skipping Clearwater?!?!? Coming to Cali at the end of January to run Carlsbad with all of us? lol

Marni said...

What amazing pics!! Karel and I both believe that life is much more exciting on a bike.
-marn

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

That is super duper cool! I had no idea you could get that close!

Greyt Times said...

"cha cha cha"??? Are those maracas I hear? From Mexico????

hilomike said...

Cha cha cha... love it! jajaja

I wouldn't have minded if you added images of my agony up the hill. It was soo worth it, to ride with both of you and to get in the scenery.

What an unforgettable ride!

Mahalo nui, Bree and Pablo!

Damie said...

cute...wonder what you are up too? hmmmm??????? (wink wink) I have some guesses up my sleeve, but won't give them away here lest I am right!

Heidi Austin said...

living on the edge eh? i love it! It's nice to venture out to the "less travelled" roads for sure. You don't mess around!

Go Gammie said...

That looked like a great trip for sure!!!