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Three-Quarters Century Ride

Updated: Mar 20

Lihue, March 10, 2013 — The lure of riding Kauai's less traveled back roads brought 18 bicyclists out for a 35 mile ride from Kalapaki to Mahaulepu and back. Some of the attractions visited included the Menehune Fish Ponds overlook, the William Hyde Rice monument in Kipu, and the rugged Mahaulepu coast.

At the William Hyde Rice monument in Kipu: back row: Luis Poblacion, Tommy Noyes, Andy Swar, Mary & Del Alexander, Connie Kakalia, Andrew & Kelly Kakalia, Tom Kremer, Rey Agcaoili, Palmer Hafdahl, front row: Charlie Winchell, Ben, Dario Silbolboro, Pat White, Leonard, Alicia Leong, and Stevan Yee.

As the group pedaled and chatted, they learned that Pat White was celebrating her 75th birthday that day, and so naturally the ride was christened the "Three-Quarters of a Century Ride" in Pat's honor.

Pat White is an inspiration for us all—still up for a 35+ mile bike ridewith plenty of hills, and lovin' it! The route included climbing Omao Road from Koloa up to Kaumualii Highway and back through Lihue.

Mary Alexander convinced her husband Del that getting out for a ride on his 1991 vintage mountain bike -- sporting duct tape handle bar grips -- would be a good alternative to surfing. "I've never ridden 35 miles before," commented Del, who impressed the group by lofting extended wheelies while climbing quiet stretches of road.

The riders were stoked to be out on the roads with company. 

Here's Pat with her typical big smile as she approached the Marriot's Kalapaki parking lot at the end of the day's ride.

Check the calendar at Kauai Path's home page for postings of upcoming group ride oportunities. Rides organized by Kauai Path are typically free, and riders of all endurance levels are encouraged to participate. Helmets and bikes in good working order are required, and riders should be prepared to fix their own flat tires.

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