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Around Mauna Kea, trip completed
March 17, 2007
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
Keanakolu Road
Sure enough, clouds.
(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
paved runways.
(4:26:40 PM) Nene
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!
A hitch-hiker
<-- As the weather cooled, this cloud
bank rolled in and pretty soon I was
driving in a dense fog, just as it was
getting dark!
But I finally made it!
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