day 5: 22 miles
Waking up behind an already-open Pearl’s Bakery, we weren’t surprised to see that the rain hadn’t stopped all night. Luckily, the tent’s insides remained dry. We popped out of sleeping bags and stated packing up, wet before the day had even started. The owners came around back to see our pathetic selves running around in the rain, and quickly we found our pathetic selves instead running around in the dry cover of the baking establishment’s awning, drying the tent fly, making breakfast, and packing equipment.
Without as much as a hint, the great family brought us some delicious coffee cake and tea as we waited for our stuff to dry. We talked for a long time, hoping the rain would subside. When we finally decided that the day was going to be a wet one, we packed up, said good-bye, and resumed our climb toward Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
As soon as we’d escaped the traffic and steeper hills, the rain simply highlighted the lush terrain of which we became part.
We biked a bit further, and entered the park in the continued downpour.
We walked around the visitor center and figured out what we needed to do next. We biked the 5ish miles to the Jaggar Museum. From there, we saw some pretty cool junk.
There was even some Class-A Tourists present, making their Class-A Tourist actions. As entertaining as ever.
After having fun at the expense of tourist-twins apparently oblivious to a volcano, we biked out of the loop road, past the visitor center, and a few miles down the highway to our campground–Namakanipio Campground. On the way, I even managed to get yelled at by a Texas father, driving a rental hummer filled with children, for biking safely and properly on a National Park road. People are always surprisingly friendly to those of us that travel in more responsible ways.
Around this time the rain came to a screeching halt. As our luck would have it, the sun came out, drying the last of our wet items. We made a delicious dinner and headed to bed early, ready for some time away from our bikes.