Around 10:00am we jumped in the Jeep and decided to hit the infamous road to Hana. It's 53 miles from Kahului to Hana but the drive will take at least 2 1/2 to 3 hours (sometimes longer depending on your stops).
Approximately 600 curves (not that I counted). 50-some bridges (most of which are single lane). It's safe to say that this is a full day journey in and of itself.
We grabbed some Carl's Jr beforehand (can you say "burrito and Mountain Dew for breakfast"?).
I enjoyed my meal.
Erin? Not so much.
We made the trip to Hana as long as possible by stopping at almost every little place that the map told us would worthy of checking out.
Black sand beaches.
Road signs (Erin's favorite one).
Oh...and I drove topless.
By the way, did you know that the rental company will charge you $75 if you don't put the top on the Jeep before you return it? While I didn't have to learn this the hard way, I am grateful that the valet at the hotel knew what he was doing. I think he saved me $75.
However, we did find out that as soon as you take the top off the Jeep, it is likely to rain, even in Maui. We got soaked! But within 15 minutes the rain and the clouds were gone.
We stopped at Hana Bay for supper. Did you ever want to know what Subway looks like after sitting in a Jeep for almost 6 hours?
Yeah, it was as disgusting as it looks.
We had to settle for fish crackers and a wedge of pineapple.
We capped the day off with pizza at The Round Table.
Just another day in paradise.