Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sun, Nov 30

With temperatures in the 70s (other locations in the US getting half of that today), I rounded up the weekend riding 84 miles, bringing the month's total to 430 miles, and the annual mileage to 2567, still more than 400 miles short of my goal. Considering the one-month trip to China and my crash, I would've already passed the 3000-mark; maybe next year.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wed, Nov 26

Placed a new picture into the blog header: a ~135-degree view from the Haleakala summit.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cyclist killed in Port Costa hit-and-run

MARTINEZ — An avid cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday during a routine bike ride in Port Costa was remembered as an energetic man who had a knack for sensing when his friends and family needed help, relatives said.

Mark Pendleton, 49, of Martinez, was struck sometime in the early evening hours by a driver who remains at large.



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wed, Nov 19

Four more days left here on the island. This morning I rode for one more time, bringing the total for this vacation to 8 rides and 272 miles in 11 days.

Other impressions

Different day, same ocean.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mon, Nov 17

Today, on top of Haleakala, at a balmy 48F; with wife and without bike.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sun, Nov 16

Week One is over, Week Two to start.

Saturday I took a break from cycling, and I picked up my wife from the airport. Today I only got 20.9 miles accomplished due to the Trade Winds being back and bringing morning showers.

Remaining day's view:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fri, Nov 14: Road to Hana

Today was the 5th consecutive day of riding; total Maui mileage: 196 miles.

I also heard that the weather conditions on Haleakala above 7000 feet two days ago were not any better than at 6500 feet, where two of us turned around; conditions at the Summit were described as "almost snowing" and "I couldn't move my fingers to break". This sounds more like mid- to upper 30s, instead of the forecasted 57F.

The ride today was out from Maui Cyclery in Haiku, on Hana Road to Keanae Peninsula and back, for a total of 46.8 miles in about 3 hours. And it really really doesn't get any better than this:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wed, Nov 12 - Haleakala

To make a long story short: the ride to the House of the Sun ended up being a ride to the House of the Fog.

At about 7am, it looked to be a clear and sunny day on Haleakala. We started the ride close to 8:50am at the Maui Cyclery in Haiku. The route took us on backroads up to about 3100 feet, and the first stop, at the Kula Lodge. It was noticeably cooler already than at the start of the ride, and at the next stop at about 5000 feet, arm warmers and vests came on. At 6500 feet visibility was maybe 100 feet at times due to the fog. With still 13 of 22 miles on Highway 378 to go to the Summit, we decided to turn around. We had a blast going 40 mph downhill, and were back to Haiku an hour later.

Climbing 6500 feet is the equivalent of riding up Mount Diablo twice, and despite the failure to summit, I enjoyed the 44 mile ride. In retrospect, I regret that I gave up, because physically I could have continued on the final 1/3 of the ride, but mentally I wasn't ready for the cold and another 13 miles of uphill riding. At least Haleakala doesn't go anywhere; one day I'll complete the ride.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tue, Nov 11

Typical day on Maui (so far):

6am: get up
7am: hit the road

9:30am: return to hotel
10am: hit the beach
12pm: lunch
1pm: hit the beach
5:30pm: watch the sunset

6pm: dinner
9pm: hit the sack

Scheduled for tomorrow: the ride up Haleakala.

Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Breezy. Highs 59 to 65 at 7000 feet to around 57 at the summit. Southeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sun, Nov 2

The weather was my friend today as we got a break from the rain. Headed over the hills to Pleasanton to ride to Walnut Creek and back. Diablo looked inviting, but I didn't trust the weather. Between Danville and Alamo, Chris Phipps and friends from the Morgan Stanley / 24 Hour Fitness / Specialized Cycling Team passed me, so I drafted them at about 28 mph until Rutgear Rd. Returned via Olympic and Tice Valley Blvd. Today's mileage: 34.4, average 18.4 mph.

In a week from today I'll be sitting at the beach in Maui, and enjoying just about everything there. Instead of schlepping my bike there, I'll rent one from West Maui Cycles, and hope to get some of the 830 miles done which I am short of to reach 3000 miles for the year. The plan for Wed, Nov 12, is to ride up Haleakala, with Donnie Arnoult's Go Cycling Maui. Aloha!

Evening Sky over SF Bay