Originally Posted by steelman
By all means - I will put them to good use for sure. Enjoy riding Haleakala, my wife and I did it on oue honeymoon years ago. 30 mile ride all downhill my kind of biking.
Well, I made it. Sea level to the summit of Haleakala at 10023'. I did it last friday and took me about 4:25 (I was however the first one to make it to the top that day, I just started earlier than everyone else.) By the time I got to the top, I REALLY was wishing I had my triple. We made it and that's really all I cared about.
This was one of the coolest rides I've ever done. The views are AWESOME. Just that is enough to enspire you. I didn't get that many cheers on the way up and at the top, I could have used them. When the park service employee told me I had to walk my bike the last little distance, I yelled back "You don't know how happy I am to hear that" The whole parking lot was cracking up. I've got a few pics I'll try to post later.
The ride down was a bit sketchy. I got caught in rain/mist/fog. I overshot one of the switchback pretty badly. I stayed upright, but ended up in the oncoming traffic lane. Had a car been coming up, I'd been toast.
If you ever get the chance to do this ride, DO IT! It's a helluva grind, but one of the best rides I've ever done.
I've attached a few photos. I've got the "required" photo from the top. I got one where you turn off towards the National park (where the switchbacks really start), the volcano from a distance and one of what I though was the coolest part of the ride, and awesome eucalyptus forest at about 5000-6000'. The photo was take on the decent, among mist and rain. The photo is cool, but the SMELL was amazing!
A few more notes. If you look at the bike (for you bike geeks) it's was a VERY sweet Cannondale R5000 (full dura-ace machine), you'll see my GPS on the handle bars. This was a VERY good idea. Not only did it help me with mileage, it also gave me elevation. The mental math kept me going. My only complaint about the bike was that I'm so used to spinning on my triple that I "ran out of gas" for a good portion of the climb. I "think" the 5000 was a 38x25 vs a 30x25 on my bike. I just felt like I "needed" one more gear (Obviously, I didn't "need" it since I made it....) Only after a decent break to eat at the visitors center about 6700' did I regain some of my pep. I was still cramping pretty bad (off the bike) at the top. Enjoy the photos.....http://home.comcast.net/~shullln/DSCN0094.JPGhttp://home.comcast.net/~shullln/DSCN0093.JPGhttp://home.comcast.net/~shullln/DSCN0113.JPGhttp://home.comcast.net/~shullln/DSCN0097.JPG