Haleakala Highway, Maui, Hawaii
 

Haleakala Highway, Maui, Hawaii

The company Expedia hires is "Maui Mountain Cruisers" and what better seal of quality than a signed photo of the cheerleaders of the Baltimore Ravens?

The company Expedia hires is "Maui Mountain Cruisers" and what better seal of quality than a signed photo of the cheerleaders of the Baltimore Ravens?

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 04:00

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

After forcing myself out of bed at 0300 we were taken to the top of Haleakala. At 0530, this is what the horizon looks like.

After forcing myself out of bed at 0300 we were taken to the top of Haleakala. At 0530, this is what the horizon looks like.

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2006-04-14 05:31

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

You can see the clouds coming in from the sea, striking the hills like a giant wave frozen in time.

You can see the clouds coming in from the sea, striking the hills like a giant wave frozen in time.

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2006-04-14 06:00

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

Then, suddenly, a point of light appears at the horizon.

Then, suddenly, a point of light appears at the horizon.

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2006-04-14 06:01

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The point quickly grows into the full sun.

The point quickly grows into the full sun.

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2006-04-14 06:03

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The valley below is lit up.

The valley below is lit up.

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2006-04-14 06:08

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The valley seen is often mistaken for an extinct volcano, but this is not the case. The valley that crosses the southern part of Maui started as two valleys, one in the north and one in the south. As the porous volcanic rock eroded, the valleys extended toward the summit and finally merged, producing a valley that crosses the Haleakala mountain.

The valley seen is often mistaken for an extinct volcano, but this is not the case. The valley that crosses the southern part of Maui started as two valleys, one in the north and one in the south. As the porous volcanic rock eroded, the valleys extended toward the summit and finally merged, producing a valley that crosses the Haleakala mountain.

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2006-04-14 06:09

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

Standard gear for downhill cruising - rain coat and pants, helmet and skiing gloves. The gloves are needed to keep the hands warm at altitude, and the rain gear are used when passing through the clouds (100% humidity) on the way down. It also has the purpose of making the column look like a bike-mounted half platoon of Papa Smurfs.

Standard gear for downhill cruising - rain coat and pants, helmet and skiing gloves. The gloves are needed to keep the hands warm at altitude, and the rain gear are used when passing through the clouds (100% humidity) on the way down. It also has the purpose of making the column look like a bike-mounted half platoon of Papa Smurfs.

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2006-04-14 07:40

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

Pause for proof-of-being-here pictures.

Pause for proof-of-being-here pictures.

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2006-04-14 08:02

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

View down toward the eastern side of the island.

View down toward the eastern side of the island.

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2006-04-14 08:03

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The trip down includes a stop at Makawao. Here you can check out some art galleries, such as Julie Galeeva, whose art is far better than her opening hours (closed when I was there), and Sherri Reeve.

The trip down includes a stop at Makawao. Here you can check out some art galleries, such as Julie Galeeva[a], whose art is far better than her opening hours (closed when I was there), and Sherri Reeve[b].

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2006-04-14 09:20

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

Obviously the local black market currency. (I really have no idea what this is about. Maybe if you find an avocado you can cash it in here.)

Obviously the local black market currency. (I really have no idea what this is about. Maybe if you find an avocado you can cash it in here.)

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2006-04-14 09:35

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The trip ended at (I think) Holy Ghost Church. This is a statue commemorating Father Damien's battle to help victims of the plague that scoured the island.

The trip ended at (I think) Holy Ghost Church. This is a statue commemorating Father Damien's battle to help victims of the plague that scoured the island.

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2006-04-14 10:31

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

Other notable priests include Father Louie. Father Louie Funk. I can't think of a cooler name. I'm sure the name alone was enough for him to "get on up" to sainthood.

Other notable priests include Father Louie. Father Louie Funk. I can't think of a cooler name. I'm sure the name alone was enough for him to "get on up" to sainthood.

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2006-04-14 10:38

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The church. The downhill guide told me that the architecture was full of sacred geometry to channel spiritual power from the surroundings, and that the arches were just like the ones at the bottom of the WTC, making those twin towers, in effect, churches. Anyway. Now you know it, too.

The church. The downhill guide told me that the architecture was full of sacred geometry to channel spiritual power from the surroundings, and that the arches were just like the ones at the bottom of the WTC, making those twin towers, in effect, churches. Anyway. Now you know it, too.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:35

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006

The bus used to transport the bikes and trail behind the column of bikers, making sure that no car rams our asses. Who Katrina Farrah is is a mystery.

The bus used to transport the bikes and trail behind the column of bikers, making sure that no car rams our asses. Who Katrina Farrah is is a mystery.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:38

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

USA Grand Tour 2006