Yesterday I had a painful welcome-back-to-real-cycling session. Hurting myself on the bike is not my strong suit so it always seems to be the last thing that I add back into my repertoire after a break. One thing I learned long ago is that if I roll out the door with Belinda, I will be forced to suffer at some point.
Oh yeah and this guy . . .
But I also know that the reason I learned how to ride (somewhat) a few years back was because of being forced to follow these two around for months and years of rides.
Yesterday we rode from the sunshine and heat up into the clouds—literally. I was absolutely drenched with sweat just a couple miles into our first climb and we ended up here. 3750 feet of climbing in the first two hours hurt pretty badly, and I am paying for it today, but I loved it.
This ride is awesome if you are looking for a ride a bit off the beaten path here on the island:
Kohalas loop ride: Instead of turning left towards Kawaihae when heading north on the Queen K, go right at that intersection, towards Waimea, then climb about 8 miles and makes a left before the town of Waimea at the “Hawi 19” miles sign. Then you climb over the Kohalas and towards Hawi (sharp left-hard turn with a quick descent into town) and return heading south on the bike course—in the sunshine again.
Rolling up here at the end of the ride was a highlight!