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Talking Story with Lucy Clark – Saddle Road on the Big Island

"Straddle road"

Recently I took a drive from Hilo to Waimea via Saddle Road. For those of you who have traveled this way in the past, you will remember the winding roads with large pot holes. The lanes being so thin in comparison to the new vehicles that you were either in danger of side swiping an oncoming car or falling off into the a’a lava fields. Locals called it “straddle road” because those in the know would often drive right down the middle of the road for the smoothest drive.

What a surprise to find that the entire road has been revamped. The road is straighter,newly paved and runs behind the Pohakuloa training camp. No more pot holes. No more near misses as others try to pass, straddle, or take a turn too close to the solid line. It is a beautiful drive now. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa flank each side.

New, smooth ride for Saddle Road

Hidden between these awesome mountains is the subdivision of Waiki’i Ranch. A private gated community with rolling hills, large pastures and beautiful homes with 180 degree ocean views.  Once you are on the Kona side of Saddle Road, Hualalai, Haleakala and the Kohala Mountains reveal their majestic selves. Come take a ride on Saddle Road. If you see an old woman asking for a ride, let her in. It may just be Pele coming to say hi and make sure you are safe. Come view the mountains, the terrain and of course, Waiki’i Ranch.  See you there!

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