Fun ride to Lanikai this morning after a false start due to water bottles left on the kitchen counter. 80s, hazy sunshine, light winds, a bit of vog; kinda humid. Whales off Makapuu; kolea still hanging around, but it seems like quite a few of them took advantage of the light southeasterly winds and took off for Alaska a couple of days ahead of their traditional April 25 departure date. Rode by a roadside memorial in Waimanalo where recently, a distracted, texting driver ran off the road into a utility pole, ejecting amd killing a passenger. Today, however, everyone on the road, from cyclists to sightseers in rental cars, tour vans to buses, pickups and dump trucks, was playing nice. Kailua road into Lanikai was crowded with the mainstays of our economy on rental cruisers, quite a few with electric assist - unclear whether throttle or pedal activated - on the road, on the sidewalks and side paths, riding both with and against traffic. A few of them wore helmets. On the return trip through Waimanalo, the I was feeling the heat and humidity a bit, but a root beer shave ice with ice cream from the truck across from Makapuu beach park revived me for the climb back through Makupuu Gap and the familiar run towards Sandy Beach, through Hawaii Kai, into the valleys at Niu and Aina Haina, then Kahala, Diamond Head and home. Packet stuffing and pizza tonight at HBL in preparation for the Haleiwa Metric Century, so I'm off the hook for dinner. A good day.