I dislike bumper to bumper traffic, not that anyone enjoys it, but the travel book for Maui said that the Road to Hana usually has bumper to bumper traffic while winding its way along a tropical forest to the coastal town of Hana. There are plenty of things to see along the way to Hana, waterfalls, pretty vegetation and spectacular views of the ocean from high atop mountains. The passengers get to see all of these things, the driver…not so much. The driver gets to traverse roads that wind around steep cliffs, shaky looking guard rails, and unmarked one lane roadways. I swear that the road curves sharply every one hundred feet in either direction on blind, one lane roads in many cases. As the driver I didn’t look forward to the six hour drive to Hana and any ensuing bumper to bumper traffic and safety hazards.

A Brazilian cardinal swooped in a sat with us at breakfast...an ancient Hawaiian omen for heavy traffic.
A Brazilian cardinal swooped in a sat with us at breakfast…an ancient Hawaiian omen for heavy traffic.

We left early after breakfast, top down, and enjoyed the scenery. I bought the only souvenir (for myself) at a Shell station along the way as my forehead was baking in the sun as we drove along (I know…life’s a bitch when you’re driving a convertible on Maui). That’s right, I crossed an ocean to buy a Shell cap from a gas station, but it is what it is.

$12.99
$12.99

We stopped and looked at some scenery and came along a hired tour guide who had just found a three-horned chameleon. Being the opportunistic cheap skates that we are…we listened in to his story…then he asked Connie if she wanted to hold it.

The look on Connie's face is "okay...its crawling up my arm and I'm done with it..."
The look on Connie’s face is “okay…its crawling up my arm and I’m done with it…”

The views on the road were as promised and I didn’t fully appreciate them until I looked at them the next day on the camera. Simply incredible. God’s creation on Maui is eye-candy. Every view is a literal calendar shot. The drive wasn’t as bad as promised since we had started early and missed most of the late traffic.

Tricky driving
Tricky driving
The black sand beach by Hana
The black sand beach by Hana
A volcanic cave that we went into that had an opening to the ocean.  (we didn't find any buried treasure)
A volcanic cave that we went into that had an opening to the ocean. (we didn’t find any buried treasure)

After the black sand beaches we turned towards home. The drive to Hana took five hours, the drive home, three hours.

Rain moving in over a valley, just south of Hana
Rain moving in over a valley, just south of Hana

The following is a photo of one of the many one lane bridges encountered on the Road to Hana. I imagine that it took strong men and machine to build this road but I doubt that they’ll replace the bridges anytime soon.

Built to last and only for one car at a time.
Built to last and only for one car at a time.

We got back into town and had an early supper at Aloha Grill, then spent the remainder of the late afternoon walking Front Street, that’s filled with tons of little shops. We ended up in the shade of a 150 year old bayon tree in the heart of their city park, a great place to enjoy dessert.

Dessert for Connie was mango, and macadamia nut ice cream.
Dessert for Connie was mango, and macadamia nut ice cream.

That was the end of Day 5, another day full of beauty and fun that our Good Lord blessed us with. Our next installment…Day 6 a day at the beach…promises a look at yours truly in my swimming trunks (clear your calendar is all I’m sayin’)

Until then, God bless and peace to you,
R

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