Hawaii Bike Tour in 2010

Mary and I did our third bike tour of the year and second with Bicycle Adventures in October 2010. Called the Hawaii Classic Plus, this seven-day tour circled the Big Island. Besides us, there were four other energetic and enthusiastic guests – Cliff and Kathy from Wisconsin, Paul from Washington, and Yvonne from Saskatchewan – plus our fun-loving guide, Wyler Boulé from Washington.

Here is the itinerary for the tour.

Day 0 (Saturday, October 9): Arrive at the Kona airport and shuttle to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott in Waikoloa. Along the way we pass cyclists participating in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon! In a few days we will bike this same route.
Day 1 (Sunday, October 10): Bike 49 miles from Waikoloa to Waipio Valley Overlook. Then shuttle toward Hilo and get dropped off partway to meet long-time friend Tom Burton, who gives us a snack and a tour of his farm. Afterward he drives us to Hilo where we rejoin the rest of the tour for dinner. We spend the night at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
Day 2 (Monday, October 11): Shuttle to Pahoa and bike two loops in the Puna District for 50 miles with a swim in the Ahalanui Hot Pond along the way. Then shuttle to Kurtistown and bike another 20 miles to the Kilauea Lodge in Volcano. We spend two nights there.
Day 3 (Tuesday, October 12): Hike in the Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki Crater in the morning. Bike 31 miles to the end of the road up Mauna Loa and back in the afternoon.
Day 4 (Wednesday, October 13): Bike 100 miles (!) to the Keauhou Beach Resort in Kona.
Day 5 (Thursday, October 14): Bike to Greenwell Farms where we tour a coffee farm and then to Puuhonua O Honaunau, the Place of Refuge, for lunch. Afterward, bike all the way to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott where we spend another three nights. We bike a total of 74 miles.
Day 6 (Friday, October 15): Bike a 70-mile loop along the coast to Hawi with a return via Waimea to complete our circumnavigation of the Big Island.
Day 7 (Saturday, October 16): Ride a catamaran and snorkel to officially end this classic tour! We also run 5 or 6 miles on our own at sunrise and hike in the Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve in the afternoon.
Day 8 (Sunday, October 17): Run 6 miles again at sunrise and then catch our flight home.

Photos and commentary follow.