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Weekend Bike Rides with Julie!

NOTE: CHANGING THIS TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, FEEL FREE TO REQUEST A COURSE. IF NO PREFERENCE, LET'S DO THE KAUAI LAGOONS COURSE. I'VE DONE THIS BEFORE AND IT'S PRETTY EASY, MOSTLY FLAT WITH SOME HILLS. MOSTLY BLACKTOP, BUT WE CAN GO DOWN THE DIRT ROAD TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, IF DESIRED. LET'S MEET AT NOON MEET JUST INSIDE THE KAUAI LAGOON'S ENTRANCE OFF KAPULE HWY. YOU'LL SEE OTHER CARS PARKED THERE. CONTACT ME FOR EXACT LOCATION IF UNSURE. 652-9443.

This meetup will change locations each week, between several choices. Kealia Spaulding Monument Loop, Wailua Forest Management Road, Waikoa Trail Loop, Kauai Lagoons, etc., maybe Moalepe Trail, Maha'ulepu Road

I'm new to biking and so don't have a long list of paths, trails and country roads, yet, but there are a few novice paths I'd like to explore, but not by myself. I don't have any set day or time, but generally I'm free on Sundays. I'm not an early riser, so anytime between 9am and 4pm for start times works for me. I have a bike rack that fits up to 3 bikes.

Here are some places I'd like to explore on bike - Driving to the starting point:

Wailua Forest Management Road

The road beyond the Keahua Arboretum in Kapaa, past the Jurassic Park Gate posts... It's so quiet up there! (Well except Sundays when there is often a fair amount of motor bike noises.) I would rather do this one when the air is clear (no vog) so can see the mountains, but anytime would be good! Sundays or a weekday that I'm free. Suggest a date and I'll check my calendar.

Waikoa Loop Trail

This is the trail that starts out from either the Kauai Mini Golf or Common Ground in Kilauea. I prefer starting from the Mini Golf. After the dirt road hills for the first bit, it's very flat for most of the time, and a bit gravelly, but is good on a bike. You go through forest and farmland and there is a beautiful oasis for relaxing, a stop at Common Ground restaurant and garden tour. The Mini-Golf place has bike rentals for $20.84-- and a note for Kauai Residents the Minigolf is FREE on Sundays after 4pm to residents if interested in that. So, maybe a bike ride 2-4pm and minigolf at 4pm on the last Sunday each month sounds good!

Kauai (Marriott) Lagoons Area to Ninini Lighthouse

I've done this before on foot and by bike, so I feel safe enough by myself, but it would be nice to share it with someone. Lunch under the lighthouse? Aside from the smell of rubber from the planes landing, it's a pleasant place to ride with little traffic.

Kealia - Spaulding Monument Loop (from the Bike Path) is a gradual incline for 2 miles, to the monument, then flat and downslopes for the rest of the loop.

I'll add more ideas here as they come up, or if you have some ideas to share, I'd love to hear them. I'm always up for a spin along the bike path -- and taking a picnic to the bluff above Kuna Bay is always pleasant.

Dates and times can be set every week or can vary depending on my days off. At this time, I have the next several Sundays off and anytime after 10am is good with me.

One thing I will mention... If I don't already know you, I will want to have someone I do know along with us. Just a common sense personal safety precaution. ;-)

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  • Julie

    Trent, if you could please confirm or update your rsvp, so I know whether to wait for you or not. It looks like Barry might come too, and I"m fine accommodating his schedule, if he wants to go later, if I knew that you won't be there waiting at noon. I know this outing has jumped all over the place, so I'm not sure you received the updated time and location. Julie[masked]-9443. Thx,

    November 17, 2012

  • Julie

    Hi Trent, thanks for your interest in this outing. Yes, there are LOTS of bike rental places, especially in the Kapaa area, near the bike path. $10-15 per day and likely also weekly rentals. Beach Cruisers and Hybrids. I'd suggest something with gears. Besides the paved bike path, we do have some dirt trails. I'm just a beginner with biking, so any that I choose to post here will be easy to moderate. If there's one you'd like to do, let me know. If not, I'll choose something and post it soon.

    November 13, 2012

    • Julie

      Since I"m a beginner, I'm sticking to pretty easy trails, I probably won't be scheduling any downhill mountain biking, but there are others in the group that might like that if you post a discussion or something. Just bunny slopes for me...

      November 13, 2012

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