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Cancer survivor conquers 37-mile bike ride up Maui volcano
Cancer survivor conquers 37-mile bike ride up Maui volcano

HALEAKALA, Hawaii — It's not getting any closer, I thought to myself, gazing at the 30-mile-wide mound of ancient lava in the distance. Nearly an hour into my ride I was pounding the pedals heading up the north slope of Maui's Haleakala, one of the world's largest dormant volcanoes. For the record, geologists say the crater is actually an "erosional depression" caused by two valleys merging together. No matter, this was no molehill, and my destination was as elusive as ever. Two miles high, with a cavity big enough to accommodate Manhattan, Haleakala is so vast it's easy to lose perspective. The summit was still almost 30 miles away. It was on my...

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