To me bicycling is like skiing, but without the uncomfortable boots.
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WHAT A FUN DAY! It was great to be on a bike again. Last time Steven and I rode was in 2002 when we were working on a project in Florida; learned that Florida is way to hot for cycling.
But here on Maui, not only was this a beautiful and sunny day, the trade winds, which give Maui the title Wind Surfing Capital of the World, were down to a gentle breeze; so we weren’t bucking the headwinds.
We started in Paia, at Donnie Arnoult’s shop, Maui Cyclery. It made more since for us to rent bikes, than to take the time and have ours repaired due to lack of use.
The Northshore Greenway, what I refer to as the Paia-Kanaha Bike Trail, is a lovely fourteen mile round-trip ride for novices (at least when the trade winds aren’t happening, otherwise the ride back can be challenging), because it is flat and there is only a short stretch of about a quarter of a mile where you are on the highway; after that you can cut through the subdivision along the golf course until you hook back up on the actual trail. Parts of the trail are in the shade, but the majority of it is in the sun, so wear sun block.
The first part of the trail takes you to Baldwin Beach, which is always stunning! Then you get a rather uninspiring view of the backside of the Maui Airport.
After a smooth 30+- minutes of riding you’ll end up at Kanaha Beach Park, which is known for windsurfing and kite sailing. But today, since the winds were calm, none were to be found.
Instead, the Lae`ula O Kai Canoe Club was having a fund raising regatta.
Kanaha Beach is very family friendly with windsurfing, kite sailing, canoeing, and volleyball. It is also a short bike ride, about 2 miles from there to Kahului; if you want to make a quick stop at Alive N Well, Down to Earth, or Whole Foods, for a snack…yes, there are junk food restaurants too, but I just can’t get myself to mention their names.
So, bicycling is high on my list of fun things to do! It was a great way to spend the morning. By the end of the ride we were both invigorated and enthusiastic about going out again.
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