Velo Lab Project
I recently had the opportunity to go on a vacation of a lifetime, and I took advantage of that opportunity to the fullest of my ability. Being from the East Coast of the United States, and coming from a small town, I never really thought that I would have the opportunity to do much traveling at all. Yet here I was, finding myself standing on the island of Maui with a full week of relaxing ahead of me and quite a few things on my itinerary. One of the highlights of my trip, however, was the bike ride that I was to take down from the top of Mount Haleakala.
If you ever have the opportunity to do this, you should take the advice that I got because it worked out very well. Instead of waiting until later on in your trip in order to go on this outing, you should do it from the very start. The reason why this is the case, is because they pick you up in the middle of the night so that they can get you to the top of the volcano early enough for you to enjoy the sunrise. Since you are still on a time schedule that is, more than likely, several hours off from where you are at when standing on Maui, it helps you to make the adjustment more smoothly.
As far as the view from the top is concerned, it has got to be one of the most impressive views of the starry sky that I have ever seen. At slightly over 10,000 feet, you are well above much of the pollution and the air is thin enough that the atmosphere does not disrupt your view very much. Along with that, the sky is almost entirely dark and although you may see some lights from the far distance, they are not going to interfere with your view of the night sky at all. Make sure that you take advantage of this, but dress warmly because it is going to be quite cold on top.
The sunrise over the volcano is nothing short of stunning. Seeing it come up above the clouds and bathe you in the early morning light is an experience that you will not quickly forget. This is really only a prelude to the rest of the day, however, and it only gets better from there.
The entire ride down off of the volcano is an easy one, although you will certainly want to be cautious that you do not happen to go over the edge. As long as you pay attention to what is going on and stay in line, you should not have any difficulty at all. During the entire trip off of the volcano, you should really only have to pedal for a total of about five minutes collectively. At the end of your trip, you can dip your feet in the Pacific Ocean, knowing that you have traveled through seven different ecosystems on your way down on the best bicycle ride that you will ever take.