On Feb. 3, I had not really planned a round trip to Hana on a Heritage Softail, but after a good distance I felt committed.
The dealership fellow had said I had plenty of gas, so I headed up through Ulupalakula into the ranch country where the road has been repaved, which made for great riding.
The sun was shining, the breeze was brisk, the vistas fabulous. I kept riding.
The good road ran out. The bumpy road questioned my sanity. The too-narrow dirt trail on a cruiser confirmed my insanity. Tour buses wanted to rub mirrors.
In Hana, the gas gauge buried itself below the red line. The only gas station was closed for Super Bowl Sunday.
As a last resort, I pulled into the fire station, where they offered half a gallon, The boys wished me luck.
The ride back with long sweeping corners, short tight corners, narrow stretches was all great during the daylight hours. At Ulumalu Road, I turned right at Five Corners for a couple of miles to the Kaupakalua Store - probably on fumes - and fueled up.
I had been on the bike for six hours and covered under 140 miles.
I made my way a little farther Upcountry to the cowboy town of Makawao, also home to Upcountry Sundays at Casanova - a fundraiser for Maui's own Mana'o Radio 91.5 FM.
The aloha spirit is alive and well at the Hana fire station. Thank you.
Ministikwan Lake, Saskatchewan