Did the West Maui ride yesterday. After the mountain, it seemed like a much more civilized tour than 38 miles of up. Started out in Maalaea at the harbor and went north. Pretty much flat along the beach with a few shallow rollers until about mile 22. There's about 3900 feet of climbing on the ride, most of which is between mile 22 and 45. Most of the climbs were 5-9% and not more than a mile long with the exception of one some locals told me was called Mr. Steepy at mile 30 (16-18% for a bit over 0.5 miles) and a section at mile 38 that gains about 1000ft in 4 miles or so.
The ride is 60 miles total and once you get off the highway on the west side it gets really nice (the road gets curvy, the sights get more rugged and the traffic goes away).
The route (except I started in Maalea)
Typical scenery on the north side. After awhile I became weary of every corner producing a better photo op!
Per the local cycling types the mandatory water and bananna bread stop...
Lunch - $8 (brought 3/4 of the bread back with me) -- very tasty
Taro farming by the twisty little road
Sections of the route are just a step above a gravel path along a cliff and one lane. Keeps the cars from going any faster than the bikes.
Another bucket list sort of ride... sure glad my wife's company decided to have their meeting here!