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Adventure in a box: Day 5 North of Honolua Bay, through Lahaina to Paia April 14, 2014

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The route in early morning light.  What a great way to start the day.

The route in early morning light. What a great way to start the day.

What a night with the rain, but waking up to one hell of a view is a great way to start the day.  I took some time to enjoy the desolate road, and to marvel at the landscape and the open ocean stretching as far as the eye could see.  From here I made my way towards Honolua Bay.

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The route can just be seen in the distance.

The route can just be seen in the distance.

With all the rain it was a little too brackish for decent swimming but made my way down a muddy path and carried my bike through a fast moving creek, justifying the decision to roll the dice carrying a bike with a camera across this by telling myself the tires needed to get washed off anyway.

Self portraits along the way.

Self portraits along the way.

Without a shoulder, making that corner is a good idea.

Without a shoulder, making that corner is a good idea.

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This reminds me of my old back road Americana.

This reminds me of my old back road Americana.

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The awe inspiring forest near Honolua bay, and at a total of two, more selfies that I’ve taken in the last 10 years.

The awe inspiring forest near Honolua bay, and at a total of two, more selfies that I’ve taken in the last 10 years.

The forest here was out of this world, so I climbed a tree and kicked it for a bit.  Shot a couple photos and got back on the road.  Continuing the journey towards Lahaina, I wrapped around a corner and saw my world was about to change.  I’d been seeing a lot of natural beauty the past few days, and the sight I saw wrapping around a left hand corner was a towering contrast that couldn’t be ignored.  Massive four star hotels and perfectly manicured golf courses that didn’t seem to fit in with the landscape.

How’s that song go, the sign says? things about to change.

How’s that song go, the sign says? things about to change.

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Taking a scenic detour to take it all in...

Taking a scenic detour to take it all in…

...and not a bad place to fix a flat.

…and not a bad place to fix a flat.

Entering Lahaina I was forced to stop to fix the first of two flats for the day, but flatted out in a spot with a view, so no complaints there.  From here I made my way towards Lahaina’s front street bustling with shops, tourists, and a few interesting characters I passed.  After a nice ocean swim and some time to enjoy the day, it was getting towards that time where I had to reluctantly acknowledge that day 5 was halfway through and I needed to start the grind back to where I’d started.

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Making a few friends along the way.

Making a few friends along the way.

You asked for palm trees, you got palm trees.

You asked for palm trees, you got palm trees.

Lahaina front street.

Lahaina front street.

Banana trees, coconuts behind them and an ocean background.  Dude, where’s my skyscraper?

Banana trees, coconuts behind them and an ocean background. Dude, where’s my skyscraper?

Taking a side road to avoid the highway for a bit.

Taking a side road to avoid the highway for a bit.

After a few last photos to remember the trip by, I began the against the wind pedal back towards where I’d started, and where the airport is located.  It had been a super fun last five days, and thanks to Fairdale for the opportunity to go on the ride.

 

-Ryan Worcester.

Giving the front wheel a break before getting into cruise mode back to where I came from.

Giving the front wheel a break before getting into cruise mode back to where I came from.