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John asked if he could join me this morning so we took off at about 8 a.m. for Saturday Lite, a bicycle ride without the hills, a quick romp to Diamond Head and back to Hawaii Kai, with dips into the Hawaii Kai, Niu and Aina Haina valleys.
I was happy to have the company. I’ve been kind of queasy all week and a lovely URI is getting passed around. Grrr. As we started up our street, brisk winds blew, and they didn’t let up through the entire ride. John later told me that it was blowing hard enough that he was having second thoughts about going. But we always know that the other side of a ride is full of win. So we did it. WIN, despite the wind!
Again, we didn’t take any pictures today. A tour bus with the HA BREATH OF LIFE promo all over it was smoking us out with its diesel exhaust as tourists poured forth to catch the view at Diamond Head Lookout. Oh, the irony. Who knows how many fitness enthusiasts walk, run, jog, surf, and bicycle along Diamond Head Road, and are joined daily by diesel-belching tour buses. We welcome the tourists and their money, but the local companies that shuttle them around ought to make an effort at curbing their waste. Don’t city buses have exhaust pipes on top?
That’s the thing about soap boxes, they’re all about cleaning up!
Here are our stats from Garmin:
|Elevation Gain:||387 ft|
|Avg Temperature:||82.7 °F|
|Avg Speed:||15.5 mph|
|Avg Moving Speed:||16.4 mph|
|Max Speed||26.5 mph|
i wasn’t serious about calling off the ride because of the wind, but i did have an oh-no moment just as we headed out. however, the wind wasn’t as gusty on the rest of the ride as it was for the first block or two. it was a bummer to have the diesel-belching tour bus disgorge its load of passengers right on top of us. the contemplate-the-waves break isn’t the same in the middle of a flash mob. i hope that’s not repeated the next time we stop there. much more traffic and we’ll need to relocate the designated break spot.