Advice wanted - where in Hawaii



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Ron Wallenfang

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I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
Besides, it's our anniversary.

What island or islands are best for bike riding?
 
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Tom Sherman

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Ron Wallenfang wrote:
> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
> up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.


Oh come on, we only had 9 to 10 feet of snow this winter. ;) You can
likely find cold wind and snow at the highest elevations of the Big
Island, however.

> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>
> What island or islands are best for bike riding?


My information is a couple of decades old, but Maui was nice place to
ride. Not too much traffic, and one can ride on the flats, mountains,
rain forest and semi-desert all in one day.

If you start at the beach and ride to the highest point, you can do 72
miles with 10,000 feet of climbing and 10,000 feet of descending.

--
Tom Sherman - Holstein-Friesland Bovinia
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful
 
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Ron Wallenfang

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On Apr 27, 9:42 pm, Tom Sherman <[email protected]>
wrote:
>> Oh come on, we only had 9 to 10 feet of snow this winter.


10 1/2 feet in Germantown, I believe.
 
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Dennis P. Harris

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On Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:32:06 -0700 (PDT) in rec.bicycles.misc,
Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:

> What island or islands are best for bike riding?


If you're into hill climbs, the climb up and into Haleakala
crater on Maui is quite spectacular. I haven't done it but
friends have. The ride down is one where it helps to have disc
brakes, though...

I didn't ride on Oahu in the 18 hours I was there in transit to
NZ, but from the bus ride I took to the windward side I think
Oahu is horribly crowded with a lot of traffic, and wouldn't be
particularly enjoyable.

I understand some parts of the Big Island are great cycling.
Dunno about trying to get up to high altitude on Mauna Loa,
though --- the air gets pretty thin.
 
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Tom Keats

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In article <[email protected]>,
Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> writes:
> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
> up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>
> What island or islands are best for bike riding?


Ooh! Ooh! I've never been to Hawaii, but if I went
I'd simply /have/ to visit the Mauna Kea astronomical
observatories. If it's possible to get up there by
bike it would add so much value to the experience.
For the nerd that I can be, it'd be a sort of pilgrimage.
Oh man, now you've got me thinkin' ...



cheers,
Tom

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Mike Jacoubowsky

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"Ron Wallenfang" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
| I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
| up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
| the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
| Besides, it's our anniversary.
|
| What island or islands are best for bike riding?

Do you like small hills?

www.ChainReaction.com/haleakala.htm

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReactionBicycles.com
 
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Kristian M Zoerhoff

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On 2008-04-28, Dennis P. Harris <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:32:06 -0700 (PDT) in rec.bicycles.misc,
> Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> What island or islands are best for bike riding?

>
> I didn't ride on Oahu in the 18 hours I was there in transit to
> NZ, but from the bus ride I took to the windward side I think
> Oahu is horribly crowded with a lot of traffic, and wouldn't be
> particularly enjoyable.


I spent a week there a few years ago, and just *driving* wasn't
enjoyable, due to the traffic on the Kamehameha and Kalanianaole
highways that provide most of the loop around the island. I'd
suggest looking at one of the other islands as well.

--

Kristian Zoerhoff
[email protected]
 
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Alan Hoyle

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On Sun, 27 Apr 2008 23:20:19, Tom Keats wrote:
> In article <[email protected]>,
> Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> writes:
>> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
>> up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
>> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
>> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>>
>> What island or islands are best for bike riding?


> Ooh! Ooh! I've never been to Hawaii, but if I went
> I'd simply /have/ to visit the Mauna Kea astronomical
> observatories. If it's possible to get up there by
> bike it would add so much value to the experience.
> For the nerd that I can be, it'd be a sort of pilgrimage.
> Oh man, now you've got me thinkin' ...


On Mauna Kea, the road from the visitor's center (~9000') to the
summit (~14000') is not paved. Though altitude sickness is rare,

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/visiting.htm

Stargazing on Mauna Kea was the highlight of our trip out there last
year. The visitor's center has a nightly stargazing program including
some 12" or slightly larger telescopes that are there all the time.

There are also some generous volunteers who bring their own huge
telescopes, including one who claimed that his scope was "better than
the University of Hawaii's scope at the summit." A glance though that
particular viewfinder easily showed deep sky objects, but instead of
looking at a print or a video screen, the multi-million-year-old
photons were actually hitting our retnas directly. Amazing.

For cycling though, I think Maui (up Haleakela or back down it) might
be a better destination.

-alan

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Pat

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> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
> up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>


One of my friends was stationed there and she told me it rains a LOT during
the winter months. If there is some way to check this out, I'd suggest you
look into it.

Pat in TX
 
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marika

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"Alan Hoyle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>>

> On Mauna Kea, the road from the visitor's center (~9000') to the
> summit (~14000') is not paved. Though altitude sickness is rare,
>
> http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/visiting.htm
>
> Stargazing on Mauna Kea was the highlight of our trip out there last
> year. The visitor's center has a nightly stargazing program including
> some 12" or slightly larger telescopes that are there all the time.
>
> There are also some generous volunteers who bring their own huge
> telescopes, including one who claimed that his scope was "better than
> the University of Hawaii's scope at the summit." A glance though that
> particular viewfinder easily showed deep sky objects, but instead of
> looking at a print or a video screen, the multi-million-year-old
> photons were actually hitting our retnas directly. Amazing.
>
> For cycling though, I think Maui (up Haleakela or back down it) might
> be a better destination.
>


O yeah. . That place sounds great!

mk5000

(Those girls, those girls, those girls, those girls)
Those girls, they don't mean a thing to me
I was just playin' the game
It was all a fantasy (Those girls)--Snoop Dog
 
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Tom Sherman

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Pat wrote:
>> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
>> up Alaska and Hawaii. I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
>> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
>> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>>

>
> One of my friends was stationed there and she told me it rains a LOT during
> the winter months. If there is some way to check this out, I'd suggest you
> look into it.
>

Riding in the rain in Hawaii is not unpleasant.

Usually, one can avoid the rain by going to the other side of the island.

--
Tom Sherman - Holstein-Friesland Bovinia
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful
 
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Bob

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On Apr 27, 10:32 pm, Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:
> I've now bike in all of the 48 contiguous states and need only to pick
> up Alaska and Hawaii.  I'm considering Hawaii in February, partly in
> the hope the weather there may possibly be better than in Milwaukee.
> Besides, it's our anniversary.
>
> What island or islands are best for bike riding?


For overall scenery, I'd pick Kauai but on Maui I'd especially
recommend the road to Hana if it's a sunny day. Traffic should be
negligible.

Regards,
Bob Hunt
 
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Ron Wallenfang

Guest
On Apr 28, 9:24 am, Kristian M Zoerhoff <[email protected]>
wrote:
> On 2008-04-28, Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> > Besides, it's our anniversary.

>
> How many years, if I may ask?
>
> --
>
> Kristian Zoerhoff
> [email protected]


Married Feb. 7, 1970, so 39 years for the contemplated Hawaii trip.
For 20, I managed to pull off a surprise trip to Paris. For 30, we
opted to do a "private" getaway to Marco Island, but unbeknownst to
Mary Ann, our 6 children preceded us there, and were waiting to
surprise her when we got to the hotel. I don't know what if anything
I can come up with for 40.

Thanks for asking
 
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Bob

Guest
On Apr 29, 9:11 pm, Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Apr 28, 9:24 am, Kristian M Zoerhoff <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>
> > On 2008-04-28, Ron Wallenfang <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> > > Besides, it's our anniversary.

>
> > How many years, if I may ask?

>
> > --

>
> > Kristian Zoerhoff
> > [email protected]

>
> Married Feb. 7, 1970, so 39 years for the contemplated Hawaii trip.
> For 20, I managed to pull off a surprise trip to Paris.  For 30, we
> opted to do a "private" getaway to Marco Island, but unbeknownst to
> Mary Ann, our 6 children preceded us there, and were waiting to
> surprise her when we got to the hotel.  I don't know what if anything
> I can come up with for 40.
>
> Thanks for asking


Fred and Bill are talking at a bar.
Fred- "Say Bill, didn't you just have your 30th wedding
anniversary?".
Bill- "Yeah.
Fred- "What did you do to celebrate."
Bill- "I took her to Paris."
Fred- "Paris? Wow! What the heck will you do for your 40th?"
Bill- "I don't know. Maybe I'll go back to pick her up."

Regards,
Bob Hunt
 
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ZBicyclist

Guest
Ron Wallenfang wrote:
>
> Married Feb. 7, 1970, so 39 years for the contemplated Hawaii
> trip.
> For 20, I managed to pull off a surprise trip to Paris. For 30,
> we
> opted to do a "private" getaway to Marco Island, but unbeknownst
> to
> Mary Ann, our 6 children preceded us there, and were waiting to
> surprise her when we got to the hotel. I don't know what if
> anything
> I can come up with for 40.


Paris, Hawaii -- the bar's set pretty high. I don't think a trip to
the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame is going to do it.

But you're a religious guy, and maybe your wife is, as well. Rome?
 
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Ron Wallenfang

Guest
On Apr 29, 11:01 pm, "ZBicyclist" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Paris, Hawaii -- the bar's set pretty high. I don't think a trip to
> the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame is going to do it.


Going to watch the Packers play in Super Bowl XLIV should do it! But
there are a few contingencies involved with that.
 
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Tom Sherman

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Ron Wallenfang wrote:
> On Apr 29, 11:01 pm, "ZBicyclist" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Paris, Hawaii -- the bar's set pretty high. I don't think a trip to
>> the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame is going to do it.

>
> Going to watch the Packers play in Super Bowl XLIV should do it! But
> there are a few contingencies involved with that.


The Slackers could not even beat da Behs last year!

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Tom Sherman - Holstein-Friesland Bovinia
The weather is here, wish you were beautiful