Courtenay and I went into a bike shop in Waialua last week (Sugar Mill Bikes) to fix a sliced tire. The proprietor of the shop told us about a private road he likes to ride through the cane fields of Oahuâ€™s North Shore. So the next day we rode to a locked gate with the intent of riding up a cane haul road â€“ mostly dirt, rough roads â€“ to get away from the dangerous holiday traffic.
My Garmin Edge 705 actually showed where the cane haul roads go, so it was easy to pick an entry point and plan a route. Just as we were hopping the gate (which we assumed was to keep motor vehicles out) a big van pulled up and a big Hawaiian guy started yelling at us, threatening us with a $500 fine if we didnâ€™t leave right away. So we rode a few miles down and entered a cane haul road that didnâ€™t have any locked gate across it. We rode for miles up past farmlands â€“ some abandoned, some with coffee, some with pineapples. We did see about a dozen cars, and a couple farmers, but they just waved and smiled, so we were pretty sure we werenâ€™t bothering anyone. The roads were certainly not ideal for a road bike, but focusing on bike handling was a welcome change from focusing on not getting killed on the narrow highway.
Eventually we did reach a big â€œno trespassingâ€ sign, which is where we turned around, but my Edge 705 claimed that the road would continue up the hill, wind through a few valleys, and eventually come back down the hill and exit where we were yelled at earlier in the ride. We decided that we should find a way onto those roads, and the very next day we did. I took video of that experience, and Courtenay edited it (because she has the fancy MacBook Pro). It was an awesome ride, and we even found a newly paved road through the hills with zero cars on it. It was among the most adventurous rides Iâ€™ve had, but Iâ€™ll let the video do the talking: