Photos 3, page 15
Around Mauna Kea, trip completed
|Today I decided to attempt to complete the trip around Mauna Kea on Keanakolu Road that I started on 1/8 and ended
up getting stuck. This time it wasn't all cloudy and rainy but a very nice sunny day which, as you'll see, presented it's
own problems. I started rather late, reaching the beginning of Keanakolu Road at around 3:30 in the afternoon which
didn't allow much time to make the, as it turned out, 46-mile trip. It ended up taking me 4 hours to make the journey
which averages out to 11.5 mph. First gear almost all the way...
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|Driving up to Mauna Kea Road, I took these shots just to show how nice and sunny it was. I expected to find clouds
once I got up to the higher elevations. Remember, Keanakolu Road is about a mile high.
|(3:27:19 PM) The beginning of
|(3:47:40 PM) [Town? ENE 80 Deg] I
noticed what looked to be a town over
there but I didn't know what it might be.
|(3:56:27 PM) [Town? SSE 150 D] I
took another shot of the town to
triangulate. I also zoomed and saw two
|Entering a rather weird and twisted forest...
|This is after where I got stuck before. I'm on new ground. Looks nice, but the
soil is damp and slippery and soft.
|[Bad Shit] The ruts got deeper and muddier. There were big puddles of indeterminate
depth and it was frighteningly slippery and mucky. It was white-knuckle driving and I didn't
get any pictures of the worst of it because I was busy!
|As I got around the north side of Mauna Kea and was heading west, the view was quite beautiful, looking down on the
clouds! There was only one small problem: the sun was going down right in my eyes and I couldn't see!
|<-- As the weather cooled, this cloud
bank rolled in and pretty soon I was
driving in a dense fog, just as it was
But I finally made it!