An afternoon East Oahu ride

The fact is @AlohaJohn, aka my husband, worries about me when I’m out on my bicycle alone. I guess that’s OK, but part of me wants to remind him that even though I act years younger, I’m not 12 anymore. I successfully lamented how I didn’t get to ride yet today and I got him to relent. He pumped up my tires and sent me out the door. I tweeted on Twitter because I was so happy!

Paula Bender  



Yay! I get to go! Thanks @ for pumping up my tires & all-points safety lecture: Bike Safety & Survival for the Lone Chickster!

Click the link below for the details. How awesome is an average moving speed of 17.6 mph???? AWESOMESAUCIENESS!

Untitled by lavagal at Garmin Connect – Details.


Afternoon at Diamond Head Lookout

Afternoon East Oahu Ride: Bugs in my teeth!

Sat, Jan 22, 2011 2:55 PM Hawaii Time
Activity Type: Road Cycling | Event Type: Training
Certainly a different perspective from a morning ride. The sun is at a different angle, afternoon people behind the wheel. Broken glass on Kalanianaole Highway. Bugs in my teeth. Wind in my face. Awesome. Attitude successfully adjusted toward the positive. FTW

When I rolled up to the house at the end of this ride, I was a little sad it was over. In Niu Valley I rode through a swarm of bugs that blanketed me and got into my nose and glasses. It felt like going through an invisible curtain. On Kalanianaole Highway, there’s quite a bit of grit and a lot of broken glass just before the transition to the H-1 Freeway, as though someone’s garbage didn’t quite make the truck. I hope they clean it up! At Diamond Head I took my photo and checked my tires before I headed back home.

Riding on the road isn’t relaxing, especially if you’re on the shoulder and there are three lanes of traffic along side you. I’m constantly checking my little mirror perched on my sunglasses, dodging potholes and road debris, looking out for dogs on the loose, runners and walkers, and the people who ride bike incorrectly: facing traffic, therefore coming right at ya, or without a helmet and listening to music with earphones. Talk about inadequate survival techniques! Talk about natural selection!

Riding on a country road is a little more relaxing, but if you have to worry about roosters, geese or packs of dogs, it sometimes can be kinda weird. Plus people dump the oddest crap on back roads. What’s up with that?

Now that I’m safely back home, a few people in my world are relieved, at least until next time.

If I don’t get to roll, there’s a longing in my soul.

@postaday, #postaday2011

Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Learners Coordinator and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

4 thoughts on “An afternoon East Oahu ride”

  1. glad you’re home. it has nothing to do with your skills, i just worry when you’re getting started late enough that the weekend beering is in full effect. like that guy who was swerving in the white pickup. what was up with that? anyhow, you’re clear for landing on the chair of uselessness. you earned it, so enjoy.

  2. Yay! Plus this is workout day 41, and blog day 22. And wouldja look at that! It’s wino’clock as well! FTW!

  3. Nice! Reminds me of the time I rode my bike around Oahu. Eventually I will be posting that trip here at oneaday, but right now I’m posting my Yellowstone, Glacier, trip. In Hawaii, I lived on the beach and my bike quickly deteriorated (salt and rust) to where I could not ride it anymore. I sent it back to the mainland after that and bought an old clunker which worked well, but just for going to store and back. Love your picture–brings back loads of memories. Thanks!

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