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Old 05-24-18, 02:33 PM
Nick & Chris
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Originally Posted by oldacura View Post
We did that ride in 2003. Paia to the top. Completely self-supported. I took a wrong turn in Kula and added several miles. THE HARDEST RIDE WE HAVE EVER DONE! Many times on the ride I was ready to turn around. My stoker kept cheering me on. I think it took us 9 hours elapsed time for the climb. About 2 hours descending. I was so tired when we got down I could barely sit up to eat dinner.

I think that is considered the longest paved climb in the world.

Thanks. It took us almost as long as you (and we didn't take any wrong turns). It was a tough day for us. We weren't used to the humidity in the first half of the climb and that really drained our energy. But in the top half, where I'm told weather can be quite changeable and cold, we lucked out with very good weather--didn't need the extra gloves, jackets etc that we lugged up to the top. Just a little rain in the last 7 miles back down to Paia
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