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Road the Hana - when / if we turn around

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Road the Hana - when / if we turn around

Will be in Maui in a week!

Definatly doing the Road to Hana. Just wondering if there is much to see beyond the Oheo Gulch and Lindbergs grave or if that would be a good point to turn around. Also, if we do turn around will that save time in getting back to our resort or is it the same distance to just go the rest of the way around. We are staying in Napili.

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1. Re: Road the Hana - when / if we turn around

Just returned 7-28. Last event was Rd to H. We went all the way around. Still not sure that was the thing to do. BUT, the critical thing that determines your decision will be how many and how long you spend at stops along the way. We did NOT hit each available stop offered and we still barely made it back off the road by dusk. The last 1/3 is pretty bumpy. They didn't steam roll the asphault but merely shoveled it onto the surface and the large cobblestone effect made it impossible to move very fast without tearing up the car or beating the passengers to death...not to mention the road narrows even more in spots and the blind hairpin turns continue to be a challenge.

The notable item is that as you emerge from the end of the trip back on to smooth surface, you'll note on the map and out the window that you're only a few miles from the road you want to return to (we stayed in Lahaina) BUT, there is no cross road to get there and your trip is lengthened considerably by going up and back to get to the same point that a decent cut-across would have provided. So, that takes extra time at the end of a looong day.

Turning around makes you swim "down stream" against the up stream traffic...the road is narrow and each encounter can be a nail biter if the other driver is not competant (they're on the cliff side of the road and tend to crowd the uphillers into the mountain).

There is a stark contrast in topography on the 2nd half as it appears to be the youngest part of the mountain (geologically speaking). There are some paths to drive down to the ocean but we were running late and just snapped a few pix and kept moving.

Regardless of what you do...plan for an early morning start, plan to spend ALL day doing R to H, and pack a lot of patience. There are some great picnic spots either side of black sand beach to give the blood a chance to return to your knuckles or a nice restaurant in Hana. Just remember to remind the driver that they'll get a chance to see the view AFTER the pictures you're taking are developed ;)

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2. Re: Road the Hana - when / if we turn around

I actually thought the scenery past Oheo, etc.. is even prettier, but different. The 1st time we did RTH, we turned around after leaving Oheo Gulch and drove back the way we came at DUSK-my side (passenger) was right at the cliffs. Scared me to death!

I will always go all the way around, weather permitting.

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