A Photo In The Life Of

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The Road to Paia

This time of year many of us Canadians are thinking about traveling to warmer climates.  In January 2007 Yvonne and I traveled to Maui for a fabulous week of fun and sun.  

In 2007 I bicycled from the peal of Haleaka Volcano to the coastal town of Paia

In 2007 I bicycled from the peal of Haleaka Volcano to the coastal town of Paia

Needless to say I got several memory cards full of stunning photos of everything from landscapes and wildlife to surfing and 'touristy' pics.  During our vacation I took a day-long bicyle trip from the peak of the East Maui Volcano, more popularly known as Haleakala, to the town of Paia.

First of all, I'd like to say that it was fun, there was sun, but the temperature was closer to that in Toronto!  The peak of Haleakala is 10,023 feet above sea level and covers about 75% of Maui.  It was an amazing bicycle ride and I highly recommend it to anyone who visits Maui. The views are awe inspiring and there are many stops along the way for us photographers.  As for the biking, there is very little peddling since it is all downhill.  The bikes are built in Massachusetts and are heavier than an average bicycle making them better for coasting.  My only regret is that Yvonne didn't come with me.  Yvonne was concerned that her bicycle skills were not up to those required for the ride.  After taking the trip myself I feel that if you are comfortable with your balance and using hand breaks on the bike you should be fine on this trip.  The Guide lines everyone up from the lightest rider in front to the heaviest at the back.  This ensures that everyone is traveling at the same speed as the lightest person that, according to the laws of physics, will be the slowest 'coaster.'  Passing is not allowed.  Safety is first priority with the tour.   

The trip ends on the coast at Paia.  It is by far my favourite town on Maui.  It boasts an extremely popular surf beach, Hoopila,  that is full of surfers, kite surfers and water skiers.  The beach has points that make water sport photography very accessible.  If you go, make sure you have breakfast at Willie Nelson's bar, Charley's Restaurant and Saloon.  He wasn't there when I was, but apparently he works in the Kitchen on occasion!   

The photos in the slide show are in order from the peak of Haleakala, looking down the crater to the town of Paia.  Most are from the peak and the beach.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

A Photo In The Life Of is a weekly PHOTO blog on LARRYLEWISPHOTO.COM.   It is an evolution of my original blog A Photo in the life of  that began in 2006.  I hope to give a little context to my photography and maybe make a few new photography friends.