This holiday will all be about early morning exploring in order to make the most of each day. This morning I headed over to Easy Riders to collect my hire bike. It is the same model MTB as my one that has a buckled wheel/twisted chain. I travelled against the tide of northern Europeans migrating to the water park in their droves on a mission to get the best areas in which to enjoy the slides. We are going tomorrow, early to do the same. This will allow me the time in the afternoon to go for a ride.
So I set off with a plan to explore the surrounds of the town in order to make the planned 100miles for the week. I like going for a ride with no planned route. It makes for surprising, unplanned detours and is an excellent way to explore unkown territory.
I headed down a main road down the coast. It was windy but warm. No more windy than the bastard cold autumn winds of UK October but it was dry and I had a couple of hours. After 10km I stopped for a snack, had an unplanned detour anf found an off road trail that would take me on a short cut to the other main road back to the villa and then to the beach.
I had a look on Google maps and yes, I would only have to go along this for half the route, avoiding most of the climb before joining a sumptuoius gloriously paved half shoulder back to town. It was a killer, dunno abput the gradient but the volcanic rubble made it hard going but after a while I could see the promised strip of smooth tarmac getting closer. Except that I couldn’t join it-it was all fenced off so I followed more rocky volcanic trail until a gap in a fence allowed me to get back on and back to my waiting family at the beach.
It turns out that there’s a Waikiki beach on the Island. Its not the same as the one on Oahu but at least I could tell my children that I’ve been to both which would perhaps have been more impressive had I said this 50 years ago.