January 15, 2010, Newsletter Issue #111: Haleakala Mountain Bike Ride

Tip of the Week

For an exciting adventure away from the relaxing Hawaiian vacation resorts, and a great way to enjoy the views Maui has to offer, a bike ride down Haleakala Mountain is the way to go.

Guided tours pick up bikers at resorts and bring them up to the Haleakala (Ha-Lay-Ah-Ka-La) Crater. The summit of the crater is 10, 023 feet above sea level, offering a spectacular view of the island, and three other islands as well on a clear day. Early risers have the choice of arriving at the peak to witness the sunrise, while the more relaxed bikers can begin their adventure at a more reasonable hour. After admiring the view of the crater, riders mount their bikes at 6,500 above sea level and begin the long coast down the mountain.

Bikers can expect to do very little pedaling during the 28-mile ride, as little as 200 yards, making the ride both relaxing and exhilarating. Feel the wind and enjoy the sites and sounds of Maui as the road takes you through spectacular scenery, and some of Mauiís quaint small towns. At the end of the road, bikers arrive at a pristine white beach where vans are waiting to take them back to their resorts.

A few helpful tips:

* There are several tour companies offering a variety of biking packages to suit your needs, so be sure to compare prices and packages.
* The weather at the top can be cold and unpredictable, so dress in layers so you can remove clothing as you descend the mountain.
* Enjoy the views, but donít forget to practice bike safety.

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