I decided I wanted to explore south of my hotel and made up a route of 40+ miles so I could return for lunch in my room. Little did I know how much climbing I would be subjected to. Right off the bat, I had a 400 foot climb to get up to the Hawaii Belt highway. But did it stop there? No! I kept climbing good until I hit 1000 feet elevation (remember I'm starting from sea level) in 4 miles. To put that in perspective, if you did that for 100 miles, you would have 25K feet of climbing. Fortunately it got less steep, but I still kept climbing until I hit about 1600 feet elevation. Once I got further south on the highway, the traffic thinned out and it got more scenic. After 14 miles I had my turnoff and hit an awesome descent that took me back down to the ocean. Of course that meant I would be climbing again soon. And so it was, climbing back up to the highway.
Even though it wasn't hot, the humidity is oppressive and you are sweating up a storm while climbing. Once I reached the highway, it was back north until I took a split off that had a lot less traffic. I took a right off that road to do another climb, just to do it. It took me up to 2175 feet elevation. But not before I got chased by a big black dog on one of the more level parts. He looked like he meant business and so I had to run and eventually got rid of him. But the effort made me go nearly anaerobic and I had to stop to recover. The downhill was clutching brakes the whole way. Following the Mamalahoa a little longer, hooked back into the Hawaii Belt and enjoyed the downhill that I suffered so much on coming up. A left turn and my 400 foot descent to get me back to the hotel for lunch! 4700 feet of climbing for 42 miles. For the afternoon, I rode up to Kona and then out on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway for 20 miles. It was a struggle to go north into the winds. Coming back on the Queen was a joy! I think I coasted for at least halfway.
Back to the hotel and then out to the Pizza/Pasta place to gorge on a 12" pepperoni pizza before climbing up the 400 foot climb once again to watch the sunset. Not a stellar sunset this evening with a bunch of clouds out there. The camera enhanced it and made it look a lot better than it was. Finished with a total of 89 miles and 7000 feet of climbing. My buddy from work should be arriving this evening. He will be competing on Saturday in the Ironman Championships.