Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kauai- Day 3

Kauai, HI
Sunday, November 26, 2006

The climate is slightly different here than in Washington, although there are a few similarities… In the raining most temperate rainforest in the world, the Hoh rainforest (which is slightly north of Seattle), the average rainfall is 150 inches. In Kauai the average rainfall is 460 inches…!- the raining most place in the world. I think most of that happens up top of Waialua though. Contrary to the statistics it’s quite sunny here, the rain comes ‘n goes and it’s actually rather soothing when it does come ‘cause it’s always nice ‘n warm.
Kauai’s a bit different than Oahu and Maui in that the place is simply undeveloped, apparently 85%... which makes it extraordinarily,,, uhhh, native… I’m sitting here in this hippy café using their internet & they’ve got a picture of the Hawaii superferry (that’s evidently going to connect people from Oahu to those in Kauai so they can work in Honolulu and settle down at night in Kauai)... the ferry is pictured as a cruise ship with the mouth of an angry shark… like it’s going to destroy the pristine Kauai environment. It says “we need an environmental impact study…”