Denise, TBO and I rolled out from Cole Valley to brave the hectic weekend crowds of Marin to ride Jesse’s beautiful route that spans Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Dam. The stretch of Highway 1 that goes past Slide Ranch is one of my personal favorites and is worth weaving through busy traffic and hordes of tourists. It was Denise’s first time climbing up Bo-Fax — woohoo! While it was pretty hot — 92 degrees! — we took a nice late lunch break in Fairfax (where we got our control receipt, too.) Then it was beer o’clock at Crepes on Cole — where we happened to bump into Jesse and his girlfriend!
TBO & I headed back to Maui for a week to celebrate my 40th birthday! We stayed in Kihei once again and explored the west side of the island at the Nakalene Blowhole, Ohai Trail and the Olivine Pools; bodysurfed at Slaughter House Beach; petted a ton of cute baby goats at a farm; rode a crazy 202k and rode up Haleakala on my actual birthday. And we didn’t neglect our appetites and ate loads of delicious food at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Star Noodle, Maui Brewing Company, Paia Fish Market and Hali’imaile General Store. I think Kauai’s next on our bucket list…
Is there a better way to celebrate turning 40 than by riding to the top of the highest paved road climb in the U.S.? (The answer is no if you’re a crazy cyclist like myself!) Our legs were pretty thrashed after doing this 202k just two days earlier, so we took our time climbing the mountain. We left from Kihei and rode through rain and sunshine to reach the top. TBO suffered from altitude sickness and slowed down at the 7000 ft. mark, while I was just tired, hungry and ready to pass out from fatigue by the summit. But we made it 8 hours later! Then we headed back to Kihei to finish our 91-mile roundtrip ride and eat tons of delicious food at Star Noodle in Lahaina.