-by Traveling Canucks
I’ll admit I was a little intimidated when I learned that my #seeMaui itinerary had me bike riding down Haleakala Volcano. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, it’s roughly 25% higher than the peak of Whistler Mountain. Translation – this ain’t no bunny hill!
I had visions of full suspension downhill bikes shooting down steep rocky trails, passing steamy craters and black, barren lava fields. What did I get myself into?!
But these nervous thoughts quickly disappeared when the white tour van rolled up to greet us.
The company is called Maui Easy Riders for a reason – guests are provided shiny chrome “easy rider” bikes to cruise down the volcano. The tour is not meant to be hardcore and dangerous. It’s meant to be relaxing and fun.
As the van zigged and zagged up the side of the volcano, it passed through thick clouds and pockets of rain. At times, we couldn’t see 20 feet in front of us.
Sure, it would have been great to have had sunshine and clear blue skies, but there’s something oddly inviting about the misty, damp atmosphere. One thing was for sure – this mysterious environment was nothing like the sandy beaches and palm trees that we’ve come to associate with the Hawaiian islands.
We geared up just below the entrance to Haleakala National Park. Each rider is provided a jacket, pants and helmet to protect themselves from the elements.
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About Traveling Canucks – Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 65 countries & territories on 6 continents in the past 7 years.