Road to Hana Pitstops
There is a drive in Hawaii that some of you who have traveled there have no doubt done. The famous Road to Hana is a day long drive along coastal Maui that takes you along the curving, canopied Hana Highway. Along the way, there are many pull-offs and side trips one can make, ranging from waterfalls, short rain forest hikes, state beaches, gardens, swimming holes, and more. It’s truly breathtaking. Every one of these pit stops would compete for the most beautiful thing most people have seen in their life, yet on this highway, it’s like an assembly line of bucket lists.
As wonderful as this sounds if you have never done it, believe it or not, for some the Road to Hana is a frustrating, “all day” endeavor that ultimately leaves them disappointed. After all, the town of Hana is very nice, but nothing spectacular and certainly not worth a six hour drive. Not unless you value roadside Hawaiian food huts in which case it absolutely is, but I digress. The point is, your level of fulfillment on the Road to Hana sightsee depends entirely on your mentality heading into it.
If you embark with a hustle and bustle “get there” mindset, you will feel mislead and disappointed because the Road to Hana is always going to be slow. You will resent the slow speed limits, care free drivers, traffic jams for popular spots, and overall time inefficiency and insist on inflicting your will upon speeding it up. However, if you embark on the drive with a journey mentality, one that is less concerned with achieving the final objective and more concerned with how you appreciate it along the way, you will be rewarded greatly.
With your fitness goals, you can be destination obsessed or journey focused. You can appreciate the little progress markers along the way, or you can blow past them in a hurried attempt to “arrive.”