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 Post subject: Aloha from the Aiea Loop
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:06 am 
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I love it when things just fall in place. I had to "work" in Hawaii this week and was hoping squeak in a ride during the trip. I had a early flight on Tuesday and found myself on the ground at lunch time. There was no delay in getting my baggage and the rental car thing went really smooth. I already knew where I was renting a bike during this visit so went by there picked up and decently equipped hardtail that was basically brand new. It was right about this time that I realized that I forgot to bring my clipless pedals. Cleated bike shoes and flats pedals don't mix well so my next stop was to local bike shop where I picked up a set of SPD pedals on the cheap. I was all set to squeak in that ride when the opportunity presented itself. A look at my watch revealed that opportunity was now and the trailhead was just a few miles a way. The sky was filled with ominous looking clouds but what the heck, the temps were nice and it was not raining right now so time to get some trail while I can.

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I had done the Aiea Loop before which was good as I did not have much of a daylight buffer for exploring. Having all much my gear stuffed into luggage it looked like a yard sale around my car I was pulling stuff out all over the place to get to everything. Soon I was in the correct garb and ready to head out. The last time I rode here was in 2004 and I remembered lots of roots. Yeah lots of roots. Back in 2004 this trail was my first exposure to roots galore and I remembered it being monumentally frustrating. Since then I have had a lot more exposure to riding this type of stuff so the roots where down into the challenging category.

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For the first 1.6 miles of of this loop you are climbing some good and twisty singletrack. I have been fighting off some chest and sinus congestion for the past week so the "redline" on the cardio side of the house was much lower than normal. Get anywhere near that line for line would quickly turn into a wheezing, hacking mess. This meant I really got to enjoy the climb as despite the overcast, the scenery was nice with lush vegetation all around.
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That lush vegetation however does hide some often precarious exposure that could net you a long tumble down a steep hillside should you blow a move or turn.

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Once I reached the highpoint , the fun really got to going as a good chuck of the rest of the route was downhill. The flowing singletrack typically bench cut in the side of the steep hillsides so there was little room for error along the trail. I had gotten into flow of the trail and was zipping along quite nicely when the bike gave me a quick reminder that it was not one of trusty full suspension bikes. I took a root drop that was a little bigger than it looked from up the trail and soon found myself riding a compressed fork nose wheelie for way too far before slamming the rear wheel back and nearly jolting myself off the bike. After getting the bike to a stop, I starting laughing so hard that I sent myself in another round of congestion hacks and coughs. Any near miss that you can laugh at is good in my book.

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It was not long before I was back at the trailhead where I cleaned up a bit and did the yard sale thing in reverse and headed out for the hotel. What a great way to start a business trip.

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The last time I rode on the Islands was in 1995, your photos are motivating me to book a fight out there.
It looks like your remote camera setup is working vary well.
Have a fun and safe trip Bill :cheers:

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I've always read Hawaii doesn't have much for good MTB trails. Do you find that to be the case Bill, or is there stuff that's kept on the DL? Thanks for the pics


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Two questions:

1. What do you do for a living?
2. Is your company hiring?

Great pics...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:32 am 
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I've always read Hawaii doesn't have much for good MTB trails. Do you find that to be the case Bill, or is there stuff that's kept on the DL? Thanks for the pics


I hear that the best trails are not on Oahu but on the Big Island and Maui. I have only ridden a couple of places over the years so I can't assess the island overall. I'm going to be out here for a month this summer so I sure I get a better feel then. I have not cracked the code on DL but I understand there is a bunch of it.

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Nice pics Bill. Roots, rocks, reggae.

Pics remind me of local stuff actually....as in the bottom of Trubuco/Horsethief and lower Holy Jim......the tunnel of vines, large ferns, lush veg, etc.

Cant tell for sure, but is that left-over carnage on the right knee? :)


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Looks amazing!!!

What Island where you on?

If it's Oahu, I got to do it next year with my cousin, he's a loal there and rides an Intense Tracer.
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Cheers, Harry

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Cant tell for sure, but is that left-over carnage on the right knee? :)


No carnage on this one, just dirt. I put a knee down while digging through my pack. If you wipe out on that red dirt, it pretty much stains/dyes your clothes a shade of that color. Tough pigments in that stuff.

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Me and the wife are headed to Maui tomorrow. So far, I have her agreeing to ride a mountain bike with me - first time in 4 years! We will probably do the Skyline trail down from Haleakela later in the week.

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I'm going to be out here for a month this summer so I sure I get a better feel then.

Sounds like a great family vacation paid for buy the boss.


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MTBBill wrote:
I'm going to be out here for a month this summer so I sure I get a better feel then.

Sounds like a great family vacation paid for buy the boss.


That is certainly the plan. With the current state of the economy there is a good stock of vacation rentals chasing the tourist bucks. I'm looking to bring the family out for two weeks while I'm working there.

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