On the island of Maui, there’s a route called the Road to Hana and it’s fairly well known. I had read that it was pretty challenging, so asked a few friends about it. One replied,”The road to Hana? Oh, it’s easy now that it’s paved!” Paved? At one time it wasn’t even paved? So glad I missed that.
My friends agreed that we would drive for a little while to see what it was like, then turn around if it was too much. I took the wheel and soon discovered what all the fuss was about. Around just about every bend, we saw views like this:
The problem was, you had to traverse a LOT of bridges like this one:
What you can’t really see in the photo is that the bridges are only one lane wide. That meant we had to watch for oncoming traffic and let them cross first. It wasn’t too bad, but sometimes the other cars would be in the shade and hard to see until we got right to the bridge.
Did I mention the curves? They were constant. I have never seen so many on one road in my life. [I just read on Wikipedia that there are 620.] My speed was from 10-15 miles per hour almost the whole way. Although there were some daredevils on the road, it’s supposed to take eight hours to do the entire roundtrip to Hana and back. Five hours if you make no stops.
Along the way, we saw a lot of cars pulled over to see a guy with a bunch of parrots. I took this photo of a family posing with the birds, then was told I’d better stop or get yelled at by the guy. He’s supposedly charging for photos so he can set up a refuge for the birds. Glad I didn’t get yelled at. I do like that the blue bird seems to be posing for me.
Our next stop included a woman making baskets out of palm fronds. She was so nice about having her picture taken!
On to more twists and turns and beautiful views. . . .
We especially liked all the African Tulip Trees with their beautiful orange blossoms against the blue Pacific. . . .
Later on, there were blossoms all over the road.
Here’s a close-up of some blossoms:
To be continued. . . .
Great weekend, everyone!