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I'm glad we took things easy yesterday because we had to wake up at 1:15 this morning for a 2 a.m. pickup by Mountain Riders to go for a sunrise bicycle ride down Haleakala (a volcano on the eastern half of the island). Getting up was hell. However, once we got up to the top of the crater (9780 feet above sea level), we saw the most amazing star show in the world. I don't think I've ever seen this many stars in my entire life. Then we got to watch the sunrise over the crater and create some really incredible colors across the sky. Well worth it even if Katie was freezing the entire time. The bike ride itself was 38 miles downhill covering over 200 switchbacks (sudden U and S-shaped turns) and ended at the Pacific Ocean in Paia Town (a renowned stoner hangout - our driver said if we were old enough to know of anyone who "disappeared" during the 60s, they could probably be found in Paia Town). Out of the four groups that went out with our company, we were the only group that had no injuries. Each of the other three groups had at least one person fly over their handlebars or wipeout. We were also the fastest group having started down the mountain as number three and finishing first.

After we got back, we slept. Can you blame us? However, we soon woke up and drove to Lahaina (another town just east of us) and went shopping and dined at Bubba Gumps. I know when you're on vacation, you're supposed to try new things. And with a Bubba Gumps in Navy Pier in Chicago and the fact that we've gone to two other Bubba Gumps on the west coast, I know this doesn't seem too original. However, the food here was totally different. The "Bucket of Boat Trash" normally contains two or three different types of shrimp with fries. In Lahaina, it was fried shrimp, lobster and mahi-mahi (a type of Pacific fish). Plus, the drink selection was totally different. You can't knock it. It was good.

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