The National Park Service has suspended popular bike tours from the 10,000-foot summit of the Haleakala volcano on Maui after three deaths in less than a year. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has the story.
Some tour companies that start their trips around 6,500 feet of elevation, outside the national park, will be able to continue operations.
These bike rides have become one of the signature tourist attractions of Maui, just as helicopter rides above the mountains and canyons of Kauai have become the thing to do on that island.
I did the helicopter thing on Kauai in 2004, after much lobbying by the kid and the husband. And I’ve always wanted to do one of these bike rides down the volcano, even though my timidity about downhill speed on my own mountain bike prompted the kid to call me "brake girl."
I guess we’ll find out when we get to Maui someday whether brake girl has the guts – or the opportunity – to do the volcano bike thing.