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Our bus driver pointed several biking possibilities. (It goes without saying that I have not done either of them). He said that the motorcyclists loved to come up on Sunday because there were no police up on the crater to catch them speeding.
We also followed people who picked one of the other possible tours from the ship. This was a regular bicycle ride down the crater road. A van (photo 2) takes people and the bikes up to the top of the crater and then they bike/coast down. It is basically ALL downhill, so you don't have to pedal hardly at all. People say this is thrilling to do, but our bus driver warned us about the danger of misjudging one of the curves and wiping out. He pointed out that you have to sign a release agreeing not to hold the bike company responsible for anything including death.
The rules specify
- No beginners.
- NO PREGNANT WOMEN.
- At least 12 years of age and 5 feet tall.
- Maximum weight 250 lbs.
Note: The bike ride begins at 6500’ elevation of Mount Haleakala, OUTSIDE the park, where you will descend the 21 switchbacks on the western slopes with only 200 yards of pedaling. For the regular tour (just the bike ride) the duration is approximately 4.5 hours.
If you want to really see the park, this is not the way to do it.
Equipment: The biking company provides bikes with non-fail drum brakes and comfortable cushion seats. poly carbonate ventilated helmets, the best lightweight all-weather gear, and insulated waterproof gloves.
You need to wear close toed, rubber soled shoes and dress in layers.
Address: 199 Dairy Road, Kahului, Maui-Hawaii 96732
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