I should be used to a 3:15 wake up call by now after working the runDisney races for 22 years……
This day was one of those long standing bucket list adventures I was crawling out of my skin to start. So I popped right up and made the easy 15 min drive to the bike shop for a tourist briefing.
After a 45 min drive to the summit along the Guinness Book of World Records shortest road to reach over 10k feet, we jumped outside to below freezing temps. OMG. My wardrobe was seriously lacking in the warmth department, so I suffered for 64 excruciating minutes BUT the payoff…… completely mesmerizing and worth it!!
As twilight eased out from its slumber, the clouds radiated with colors I didn’t even know were possible. There are no words!
After frequenting a few overlooks and taking the obligatory jumping pictures, we were fitted for our bikes and I took off on my own 23 mile downhill race. What a rush! I opted for the self guided tour and took full advantage of the freedom of the open road ahead. The radar gun clocked me at 44mph and I had no problem navigating the twists and turns all the way back to the bike shop, even after a must stop in the cute town of Makawao for fresh mini donuts on a stick.
No injuries to report, so after docking my bike, I was off to the next adventure.