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Aug 4, 2007 –

Several of us met the Pirate Express at the Grayson Highlands Campground on Friday Aug 3rd. Our plan was to bike the VA Creeper rail trail on Saturday. Katy & Darian were in training for a 100 mile road ride the next weekend, so they chose to get up at 6, drive to Abingdon and ride up the trail. Marion and I chose to meet them at the top and ride back to Abingdon with them.

Instead of parking at Green Cove (the postmaster we consulted for directions wasn’t sure about Green Cove’s location), Marion and I parked at Whitetop Station, the generally accepted top of the trail. We rode down the trail and stopped at Green Cove to wait for Katy & Darian. They arrived about five minutes after we did. But they had ridden uphill for 32 miles (in 3 hours) and we had only ridden downhill for 3 miles (in a leisurely 20 minutes).

Green Cove Station

The rest of the group decided to meet us at the Baja Cafe in Damascus for lunch. Even though it was pretty hot out, we ate at the outdoor tables in a little alley beside the store. We had the area all to ourselves.

Cap’n Morgan and COP and Katy

In the afternoon, we continued riding down the trail and enjoyed such sites as

bridge over the Holston River

pasture and farmland

rock cuts through mountain ridges

And a yardsale!

yardsale

Darian fell in love with a cast iron frying pan and Marion gave him $30 just to see him try to ride away with it.

How can this go in?

And he did!

We finished up the evening with a cookout back at the Pirate Express.

See more pictures at: Webshots

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Maui – Part 2

The post for the trip was getting kind of long, so I’ve created a second one to hold the next parts. This is a continuation of Part 1

July 26, 2007

Brian and Don went mountain biking today, on the Makawao Trails. These trails were about halfway up the volcano, and basically formed a loop, going 2.5 miles up one side of a big gulch and then coming back down the other side. It was all forested. We especially enjoyed the smooth trail tread – there were very few rocks or roots. The downhill was fast and fun!

Here’s Brian riding up along a gulch.

Brian riding in the forest

Oops.

Oops

Later in the evening we drove up to Lahaina and went to the Old Lahaina Luau. We had front row seats for the show. The sunset was beautiful. The buffet was great. I had octopus salad, pork wrapped in seaweed, and yellowfin tuna. Ok, truth be told, I had at least a little of everything on the bar. And it was all pretty good!

Donna and Brian at the Old Lahaina Luau

Front row seats!

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hula girls in action
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July 27, 2007

I got everyone up before the crack of dawn today so we could drive up Haleakala so Brian and I could ride at least part of the way down before the daily clouds built up. The clouds had been starting up around 9 am most days. We pulled out of the condo parking lot at 5:15am. We took some pictures at the summit. It was 42 degrees. We were on our bikes and rolled away at 7:23am. The girls went to Kahului and shopped a little before returning to the condo. They waited by the pool for us to call for a pickup.

Our ride plan was a little different than what most people ride on Haleakala. Instead of riding back down the paved road, we struck out on the old cinder road that used to be the only way to the top. It’s now called the Skyline Trail and is mostly unused except by a few hikers and bikers. The upper part looked like the landscape on Mars. We passed through the Kula Forest Preserve on the way down, and then through some upcountry towns, to Kahului, by the airport, and finally to Kamaole Beach Park where we stuck our feet in the ocean. In about 6 hours, we went from 42 degrees at 10,023 feet elevation, to 90 degrees at sea level. A great summit to sea ride. It would have been much harder in the other direction!

Don and Sandy on the summit

Donna and Brian on the summit

Brrrrrrrrr!

Riding the Skyline Trail

Hang loose!

Say cheese!

Descending the Skyline Trail

Descending the Mamane Trail

Zipping down the paved Waipoli Access Road

On the beach at last!
On the beach!

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July 28, 2007

Today was a day to relax. After a leisurely morning on the lanai, we headed down to the beach in front of our complex to snorkel. There is a neat sets of rocks and reef jutting out from shore there. You can see it behind us in the picture below.

cabana boys

After snorkeling, we hung out by the pool and watched the ocean most of the day.

hanging by the beach

We did venture out to Kihei for a classic Hawaiian plate lunch at the L & L Diner. Then it was more hanging out and eventually watching the sunset.

Sandy and Don in the pool

Donna and Brian in the shade

sunset

sunset

I even caught the full moon rising over the ridgeline of Haleakala.

moonrise over Haleakala ridgeline

July 29, 2007

Today is Sandy and Don’s 18th anniversary. To celebrate, we took a helicopter tour of Maui.

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While we were flying around the island, Donna and Brian spent some time at Donna’s “happy place”.

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The rest of the day was spent in much the same way – enjoying our “happy place”.

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Aloha!! Here’s a seldom-seen twist on an Adventure Family Adventure – all the participants are actually related, at least by marriage. Four adventurers are headed to Maui to spend a week enjoying an island adventure of the less wildernessy type. Among the activities planned are:

Sea kayaking and snorkeling on the south Maui coast.

Catching a theatre show called ‘Ulalena (envision a Cirque Du Soleil show about Hawaiian mythology).

Mountain biking down a volcano, in a tropical rainforest, at the beach – all in one trip!.

Enjoying the Old Lahaina Luau.

A visit to ONO Farm, a certified organic tropical fruit farm.

A helicopter tour of Maui.

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Here are some info links of interest.

A page of Maui webcams

Kahului, Maui weather It seems Tropical Depression Cosme might circle the islands this week. Wahooo!!!!

May the Adventure continue !!!!!

July 23, 2007

After getting up at 3:15am, flying from RDU to Charlotte to Phoenix to Kahului, we finally made it to Maui. About 17 hours of sitting and waiting. We crammed us and our stuff in the convertible and found our condo. The view from the lanai was awful, see below:

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After grabbing a bite to eat and hitting a few stores for some basic supplies, we finally decided to get some sleep (not sitting up). It had only been 25 hours since we got up in Raleigh.

July 24, 2007

5:00am – Ok, my internal clock is on vacation time (and EST) so it’s time to get up and see Maui! I can sleep at home. This morning’s plan is to go on a kayak/snorkel trip. Later this evening we plan to drive over to Lahaina and catch the ‘Ulalena show.

Aloha from Maui!

Don and Sandy on the lanai

Brian and Donna on the lanai

3:30 pm – Great morning kayaking and snorkeling. Having now done the headboats and a more individualized snorkeling excursion, I definitely prefer the smaller groups. Deja was great guide – full of local info and naturalist knowledge, and she was a nice person to hang out with. Deja works for Makena Kayaks.
Don and Sandy on the water

Brian and Donna on the water

Our gang with Deja, our kayak guide/naturalist

After returning from the kayak/snorkel trip, we had a snack lunch at the condo, enjoyed the daytime view from the lanai …

daytime view from our lanai

and then headed to the pool to baste for a couple of hours before we cleaned up and headed out for an evening in Lahaina.

view from the pool

Our evening plans were centered around seeing ‘Ulalena, a theatrical/dance/acrobatic production that told the story of the Maui mythology. The show ran about 1.5 hours and was very impressive. We all enjoyed it and left a little more culturized. 🙂

July 25, 2007

9:49pm – Today’s adventure was driving the road to Hana. For those that don’t know, the Hana Highway is a narrow two-lane road that snakes 37 miles along the north shore of Maui to the small town of Hana. Lots of curves, one-lane bridges, cliffs, and traffic along the way. Here are some pictures:

– Pulled over at an overlook

our rental car

– View of the road winding along a sea cliff

view of curves along a cliff

– group self-portrait

group self-portrait

coastline at Keanea Peninsula

– Don and Sandy at a waterfall and pool

Don and Sandy by a waterfall

– Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

This continues in Maui – Part 2

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March 18, 2007 Umstead State Park

I was hoping to get out for a ride, but thought I’d probably be limited to Umstead due to Friday’s rains. I posted the outing on the TBARC-RDU Meetup site but hadn’t seen any RSVP’s before I left. As I rolled into the Winstead parking lot, I was pleasantly surprised to see four others waiting for me there.

We decided to ride from there to Mo-ville and ride those trails. Greg had seen earlier in the week that the bulldozers had moved in and some of the trails were obliterated. When we got there, it was true. We debated about whether the dozers had been intentionally wiping out the trails or not. No conclusion was reached. We did discover that most of the western half of the trail system remained intact, so we rode it twice.

On the way back we took a different route and hit the Norwell Ct trail and some of the Black Creek Greenway.

Had a great ride!

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