So today we rode up to the Haleakala crater. This is an incredible 39mile (62.4km) climb going from an altitude of 0 ft to 10,023 ft (3.055 kilometers). I didn't feel too super to start with and starting climb a bit excited, I soon paid for the last 3 weeks training and early efforts on the climb. So it became a bit of a lonely climb. Me and the Mountain. What a Grind. The last 18miles was a struggle to get the pedal over the crank and all I could do was talk myself through it and listen to the whistling wind. I could have easily turned around and coasted all the way home but I knew I would regret it if I did not reach the top. After 3 hours and 20 odd minutes I was there. What a fantastic view. It felt like a nice little dive off the edge and you could land in the nice clear water as the climb was quite steep. In the other direction was the crater. Absolutely barren except for mounds of rocks where it must have erupted. You could see the big Island in another direction. And I made sure to wave North East as I promised to a friend in Victoria. All in all, I am happy I didn't give up, too bad the legs weren't there but I did it. Everyone was shaking everyone's hand at the top cause it was such an accomplishment.
Here are some photographs from the climb.
Ciao for now,