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Mar 23, 2004

2004 Overview

Sheila & Spencer at the Grand Canyon

This is us at the Grand Canyon on last fall’s GABA tour. As always you can click the image to see it larger.

This year is off to a great start. We’ve been out on the tandem more often in the early months of the year (200+ miles before our spring trip to Tucson), partly due to better weather (thank you Global Warming). We feel strong as we’ve been taking spinning classes and lifting weights over the winter months. We just returned from spending Spring vacation in Tucson with friends we met on last fall’s Grand Canyon to Mexico tour.

We organized the Northwest Tandem Rally in Lacey, WA Memorial Day weekend. That took a lot of time that might otherwise have been devoted to riding.

Our plans for the season have been massively impacted by our decision to sell our house. Take time to read all about our self- contained tour around the Big Island of Hawaii.

We’ve done fewer organized rides this year than ever. We did the Camano Climb and the Rhody Tour. Also the Mountain Lakes Challenge and RAPSODY Ride Around Puget Sound.

Apr 3, 2004

Spring Break in Tucson

The Reader’s Digest version is we rode 255 miles in 5 days while staying with folks we met on the GABA ride last September. (Actually it was 6 days, but we took one off because Sheila got stung by a scorpion!) We flew into Tucson on Saturday April 3rd. Anabel and Denise (shown left in […]

Aug 1, 2004

Circumnavigating the Big Island of Hawai`i

August 1- 11, 2004 We’d been talking about going to Hawaii for many years. We finally made it thanks in part to having frequent flier miles and good friends with a condo in Kona/Kailua (thanks John & Mary Anne). After a year of planning with input from ETC members Gary & Rita who often lead […]

Aug 1, 2004

Sunday, August 1, 2004 – Travel Day

Today we began our Hawaiian odyssey. Caught a ride to the Seattle Airport at 7 a.m. (Thanks, Billie!) It would be 16 hours before we left controlled airspace (because we were using frequent flyer miles our connections weren’t optimal). We were prepared with lots of snacks, sandwiches, books, and water bottles. Or so we thought. […]

Aug 2, 2004

Day 1: Monday, August 02, 2004

Kailua – 15 mi, 400’ elevation gain We were still on mainland time (3 hours earlier than Hawaii) so we got up early, meditated, then headed for our 8:30 plane from Honolulu to Kona. We thought we could find some food at the airport. Ha ha ha! Settled for 2 cinnamon rolls and 1 bottled […]

Aug 4, 2004

Day 3: Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Na`alehu to Volcano – 42.2 mi, 4,459’ elevation gain Had a good night’s sleep in Na`alehu. Listened to the pouring rain most of the night but woke to dry pavement. We fixed oatmeal and OJ for breakfast. Got an early start (7 am). Saw an Italian couple loading their car as we left. We exchanged […]

Aug 3, 2004

Day 2: Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Kailua to Na`alehu – 58.9 mi, 5,039’ elevation gain We had planned on getting an early start today to beat the heat. But overnight a HUGE tropical storm system hit the Big Island. It rained torrentially from midnight on. It rained so hard they had to announce school closures for 6 public schools between Kailua […]

Aug 4, 2004

Day 4: Thursday, August 04, 2004

Volcano to Hilo – 43 mi, 1,169’ elevation gain What a day! We started by riding around the crater rim of Kileaua. There was an active lava flow that day, but since it was down at the ocean side, we opted not to do the additional 4,000 foot climb necessary to see it. We were […]

Aug 6, 2004

Day 5: Friday, August 06, 2004

Rest Day (no riding) We slept in and woke to another hot and muggy, but dry, day. This was just a day to relax in Hilo before we took a tour to the top of Mauna Kea volcano at sunset. We visited Rainbow Falls and the natural food store for lunch and provisions. We saw […]

Aug 8, 2004

Day 7: Sunday, August 08, 2004

Honoka’a to Waikoloa 35.7 mi, 2,669’ elevation gain This was our shortest day of the trip. We got out early again, but that didn’t save us from the humidity. We were dripping as we gained nearly all of our 2600 feet in the first 10 miles. We were in Waimea, the top of the saddle, […]