Sunday, April 15, 2012

The north end of Maui is mountains.  If you want to drive around the north end, you're going to be driving along their seaward slopes.  At first, this isn't too bad.  A nice, little, 2-lane highway takes you up and down, switchbacking toward, and away from, the sea.  Very scenic.  And, really, a fun drive.  Like a roller coaster, except that you're in control of the speed.  Then, suddenly, a sign announces, "End of State Highway", and you're on a 3/4 lane (as in it sure doesn't seem to be wide enough for a car) "road".  This 3/4 lane road carries traffic in two directions.  Going clockwise around the mountains (the direction I was travelling), you have on-coming traffic on your left, and a wall of lava rock on your right.  Travelling counter-clockwise, you have traffic on your left, and a deep stretch of air, ending in the blue Pacific, on your right.  If you think about it, you'll understand why it's much, much better to be travelling clockwise when you meet on-coming traffic.  Much better.

Still, on the off chance that you actually get to take it in, the scenery is pretty darn breath-taking.


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