As I pull away from surf breaks, bikinis, and casual cruising, I change pace and head for some North Shore road work, etc. detouring from quaint Hale’iwa and heading up the Dole Plantation Hill (the Kam Hwy). This road is a serious pull with beautiful scenery (mountains, coffee fields, pineapple fields, sugar cane, wind farm, the the Dole Plantation/Plant and related tourist draw…).
For years, this has been a big part of my training workouts [running (those were the days…) & cycling intermixed with various calisthenics]. Doing this hill work on a hotrod road bike is intense, but charging same on a one speed beach cruiser takes things to yet another level! My hats off to all that go for it & those who have. I have only ever seen one other person charge that hill with one gear and fat tires, and she crushed it! That is not to say that others couldn’t. My point here is to throw this out as a challenge, a change of pace, another way to do it… The uphill is intense and I like to do it three times in a row with sets of PUs, SUs, etc. at the top and bottom each time. It’s rewarding in many ways..!
On the downhill, I assume the cruise position, which is, instead of an aero all-out speed pose, sitting up with one’s knees bent and feet on the center-bar. That position on the bike has a sensation similar to a long trim on a wave and is also somewhat yoga-esque. At really high speeds, it feels sort of transcendental, as the whistling wind becomes a meditative ohm of sort… In the distance, as one proceeds toward the North Shore/Country, the azure ocean with all it’s action or not awaits as a perfect splashdown point upon completion… Hooyah/right-on/far-out/f…..g charging..!