Big Island Rides?

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.rides archive' started by Steve Juniper, Oct 26, 2003.

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  1. Any suggestions about especially nice rides on the Hawaiin big island - preferably around 30-50
    miles. My wife and I are going to be there Dec 9-16 and I'd like to find a bike and get in at least
    a couple of rides. Would be nice to borrow a bike and join a club ride but suppose that a long
    shot... (Too much hassle to try to bring a bike with us.)
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    Steve Juniper

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    them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
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  2. Dan Birchall

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    [email protected] (Steve Juniper) wrote:
    > Any suggestions about especially nice rides on the Hawaiin big island - preferably around 30-50
    > miles. My wife and I are going to be there Dec 9-16 and I'd like to find a bike and get in at
    > least a couple of rides. Would be nice to borrow a bike and join a club ride but suppose that a
    > long shot... (Too much hassle to try to bring a bike with us.)

    It's really going to depend on where you're based. And in most cases, it's pretty much guaranteed to
    involve hills.

    If you're staying Kona side, you could go up the highway and do part of the Ironman route. If you're
    in Kamuela, you could do something involving North Kohala, maybe, but you'd have some hills to deal
    with. If you're in Hilo, hmm. North along the coast isn't too awful, there are some scenic detours
    (Onomea Bay comes to mind) and you can get up to a 100-mile round-trip (go to Waipio Valley
    overlook) while staying under 1200' elevation. Also south and east into lower Puna (Pahoa etc) isn't
    too hilly.

    Volcano Village is at 4000' and it's uphill from anywhere. Kamuela is around 3000' I think, also
    uphill coming into town from most directions.

    Over here in Hilo, my favorite ride is currently out to Pepeekeo (~10 miles out), taking scenic
    routes (Honoli'i/Pauka'a, Papaikou, Onomea Bay) on the way out (thus spending only about 0.6 miles
    total on the highway in that direction) and then doing the downhill run into town at least _mostly_
    on the highway.

    If you let me know where you're going to be, I can try to think of better rides.

    -Dan

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