Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cycling in Hawaii

We haven't posted in a while because we've been on vacation cycling in Hawaii. We had a wonderful 11 day trip to the big island of Hawai'i, part of which was spent cycling on a Bicycle Adventures trip. The Ironman Triathlon is held on the island, beginning in the town of Kailua/Kona with a 2.4 mile swim in the ocean, then a 112 mile bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile run. During the tour we rode part of the Ironman bike route, about the only place on the island we saw a bike lane. Throughout the trip there were always cyclists on the Ironman route.

Unlike Virginia, Hawaii has managed to maintain it's roads even in difficult budget times. It helps that they have a mild temperature throughout the year, but we saw very few potholes or rough roads. Almost all major roads have a paved shoulder. On roads with faster traffic the shoulder is usually wide. The only time we were hassled by motorists on the trip was when some kids yelled from a car. Most of the time motorists were very considerate. Having paved shoulders helped.

A lot is happening in the bike world and we will be reporting regularly now that we're back.



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