Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hike, Bike, and Snorkel

About as close to a triathlon that Christine and I will ever participate in was a hike, bike, and swim (snorkel) tour while in Hawaii. It had the same elements as a Tri if you stretch the imagination but not the pressure.

Back during the summer, I wrote about a chilly morning ride down Haleakala (volcano in Maui) so we will switch and write of a warm weather ride while it is still winter. It turned out that Ernie and Margaret Charlesworth had gone on the same ride some years back. Hopefully they went on this tour as it was a memorable fun-filled day. Perhaps even Tamra has been on this tour.

As with most tours, the vendor picks you up at your hotel.

Our day started at 9 a.m. and we were shuttled by van to a tropical rain forest on a private 75-acre property in Manoa Valley on Oahu. Upon arrival, we were each issued trail snacks, a water bottle, and optional rubber boots and rain jacket. We were warned that the trail was muddy and we could ruin our shoes if we chose not to wear the rubber boots. Rain jacket was just in case; after all, we were in a rain forest. The nature trail was about a mile along a jungle stream with mountain pools. You will have to take my word on some of it as it appeared that I took a lot of pictures while walking or jumping up and down.








The end goal was a 200 foot waterfall.
First glimpse of the falls.





 The amount of water flowing was dependent upon the amount of rain received. The hike back was over a scenic ridge-top with many tropical plants, flowers, and trees. I wish more of my pictures turned out, but you may get the idea.

After the hike, we were shuttled to the top of Tantalus (a tall mountain on the outskirts of Honolulu) and were outfitted with a Trek mountain bike with front end suspension and disc brakes. We were given a short briefing on bike safety and the rules. One of the rules was not to brake with the front brake. Off we went downhill, and within 50 yards a person felt she was going too fast, hit the front brake, and was thrown over the bars. She sustained quite a few road rashes and opted to ride the rest of the way in the SAG van. The descent on a paved  road was only 5 miles but there were enough stops to make the ride seem longer. At the Manoa lookout we stopped for pictures.










At the bottom of the mountain there was a grassy park, and we were given a deli style lunch. We had to surrender our bikes at that point, so we wouldn’t ride off and extend our biking tour. It would have been great to keep on riding but we had another adventure awaiting us.



After lunch, we piled back into a van and were taken to Kewalo Basin where a catamaran sail was to take us out for a snorkeling excursion. The snorkeling was over a reef off the shores of Waikiki. The fish were plentiful.






Christine snorkeling.


While snorkeling, Christine found a green sea turtle that she followed all over the reef.


Beside us was another catamaran.



Christine was following a turtle and it swam under the catamaran. So did Chris.




She was spotted by the crew and when she surfaced, she was told swimming under the boat was a no-no. Too late, she took a lot of good shots.

I forgot how long we snorkeled, but too soon it was over and time to head back to shore.








Clouds were rolling in and the wind was picking up. 

The ride back to the basin was a scenic one. It was an opportunity to get in some Waikiki beach shots from a different perspective.


The pink hotel dwarfed by the high rise buildings is the famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel.










Our hotel straight in front of us. As we began the story with a shot of our hotel, we will end it with a different shot. And also end a story about an almost perfect day.

41 comments:

  1. I just recently stumbled across your 'bike blog,' and I'm already a fan. My brother is an avid bike rider and snorkeler, and he's been trying to get me to join him for quite some time.

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  2. Personally, the three combinations of biking, hiking and snorkeling is unbelievably enjoyable.
    Last time I had vacation with my family and we did hiking and biking because my little daughter is afraid of water. I'm sure you had a great time.

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  3. "Revolutionary"--thanks. By all means take your brother's advice. Join in. You do not need to be an expert as you can tell if you have read very many of our exploits. We just have fun.

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  4. Alfred--the combination indeed was outstanding. Hiking and biking are both great activities. If you go to Hawaii, take your daughter to Hanauma Beach. It is one of the best snorkeling beaches in Hawaii, and it is a very shallow for a great distance. But the great snorkeling for you would begin about 10 feet from the shore.

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  5. You all look amazingly athletic even if you're not doing a triathlon! The trip sounds superb - speaking as a runner who's recently been injured and unable to run for a while, cycling is the next best thing for me. The great part is that we can go further and faster than the runners - whilst of course swimming is great for recovery from injury, so your trip would have been amazing.

    Superb photos - looks like an incredible trip!

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  6. @Ester--thanks. We started biking for the exercise and then got addicted to cycling. I hope you continue cycling even after you recover from your injury.

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  7. We used to cycling in Singapore, from east to west side and it's takes a few hour only if we didn't stop for refreshment.
    Just want to tell you how well we miss the old day when we saw your place.
    Keep it up and all the best!!

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  8. Congratulations on your Blogs of Note.

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  9. Your pictures reveal a remarkable environment of abundant greenery.

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  10. congrats! being selected as "Blog of Note".

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  11. Your photos are amazing! Congrats on being chosen as a blog of note.

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  12. Great wiews. Congratulations, man!

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  14. I did a bike trip all over the big island a few years ago and your pics brought back great memories, thanks for that.

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  15. @Carl. We have toured the big island but I bet your bike trip was great. If you have the time, look at the July 2009 Haleakala Sunrise Tour on Maui (archives). The pictures do not do the ride justice but it sounds as if you would enjoy them. If you get to Maui, make the ride one of your "bucket list".

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  16. Interesting as we just returned to Idaho from nearly the same trip, or at least many of the same places, although I must admit we opted for mai tais instead of the biking, but did do the hike up Manoa Falls on Christmas Eve, snorkeled in Hanauma Bay, and watched many of the catamarans off the shores of the Royal Hawaiian. We stayed 10 days, surfed the North Shore, and tons of other stuff as well, all without a guide (but a ton of research beforehand). Anyway, thanks for sharing... Mahalo!

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  17. @Beau--the Hawaiian Islands are addictive aren't they? We snorkeled Hanauma Bay twice on our last trip. Got some great shots of fish there. If this weren't a "biking" blog, I would do a story of just the Bay visits.

    I read your blog after your return from Hawaii. Brought back memories of walking along Waikiki beach watching the sun set.

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