Participants: 8 optimists who had faith in the weatherman's latest forecast of NO RAIN, and contrary to what had been consistently predicted throughout the week!
Route: See my screenshot map from the "Ridewithgps" app data. Total distance 25.5 km
Riding Conditions: A rather chilly early morning, warming up as the ride progressed, and no sign of rain!. Much of the ride on paved/semi-paved surfaces in view of the wet conditions in the area over the past few days. On the offroad sections - no serious mud (somewhat surprisingly).
Bottom Line: Thanks Haim for leading us on the ride - enjoyable, and above all, the right route for the conditions! Arcafe was the refreshment destination for us all- great company as always!
| הרכיבה הפעם הייתה מקומית. נטלו בה חלק 17 רוכבים. דיינה הופיעה עם אופניים חשמליים חדשים שעוררו קינאה בחלק מהרוכבים, ועכשיו כוללת הקבוצה שני רוכבים על אופניים כאלה (כן ירבו).
את הרכיבה הוביל מאיר גלבלום מערבה כאשר אברהם וינגרטן זיכה אותנו בהפסקת תיקון פנצ'ר. משם המשכנו לכיוון מצוק געש בקטע מסלול חדש שלא ביקרנו בו בעבר וצפינו בשלולית חורף מרהיבה. בהמשך רכבנו ליקום והביתה (כמעט). נאלצנו לוותר על החלק הגסטרונומי לראשונה בגלל חוסר מקום בארקפה. פרט לאכזבה הקטנה הזו, חווינו מזג אוויר מושלם, חברה נעימה, והודות למאיר המוביל גם לנוף מקסים.
This morning seventeen of us met in Netanya for an away ride led by Uri Nativ. We were a bit concerned about the weather, as there were black clouds overhead and a few raindrops on our helmets. Very soon, however, the sky cleared.
Uri took us on a beautiful route through the country lanes and villages of Emek Hefer. Leaving Netanya, we rode north through Avichail, Beit Herut and Kfar Vitkin. There was a tricky downhill soon after we had started, one or two up-hills, and a slight technical issue which led to a short stop.
Reaching Nachal Alexander, we took a snack break on Turtle Bridge. From there we watched a couple of ducks quarrelling bitterly over a third duck, who looked on with interest and then swam off with the victor. We heard some nice mellow music coming from, well, somewhere, and took a few photos.
The group then continued in a south-easterly direction, riding through Ma’abarot, Mishmar Hasharon, Kfar Haim, Kfar Yedidia, and Avichail (and sorry if this sounds like a shopping list). We had a couple more climbs in Avichail, and from there it was back to Netanya.
It was a pretty ride of 23 kilometers, with perfect weather and picturesque villages. We passed the Shalgi Plant Nursery, the Don’t Panic It’s Organic store, the three somewhat dilapidated statues of Avichail, and an enclosure containing beautiful Shetland ponies.
The only down-side to the morning was the involuntary absence of David and Ingrid. David, we all send you our best regards, and wish you a very fast recovery.
(Editors' Note: Image link was incorrect, all fixed now - Joe)
A large crowd gathered at the Petach Tikveh stadium to head off into the blue yonder led by Shaike. The end result was 27 km of whizzing around the Yarkon area - some familiar sites and others new ones.
We avoided wetting our feet and circumnavigated the water. As Sami said, he has had his shower already...
We stopped off to admire the giant water lilies in the vicinity of Tel Afek - usually closed to the public. Haganat Hateva were out in force - lovely to see young children enjoying nature.
Like all good magic carpets, we unraveled a bit towards the end - but all got home safely.
Weather was perfect, company was good and refreshments were consumed. So thank you to Shaike!
They rode somewhere in the area north of Ra'anana and all went well. They came back with smiles on their faces and they were dry which is another reason for having a smile on their faces. I didn't ride so how do I know so much. Because they told me !!! Honestly. i didn't make this up.
When did they tell me all about this great ride? When they invited me to join them at Arcafe so that I could have my regular Saturday beer. They told me about the ride in about 15 seconds and then I downed by beer regretting that I didn't ride. Wow....what a ride in perfect weather. Just look at those photos all of you who played chicken.....and like me, didn't ride!!!!! But I still had my beer,
I can disclose to you in confidence however that it was not a long ride.
When the cat David is away
The mice will play.
The lesson to be learned..........weathermen can't be trusted. Well, almost !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
בשבת זו יצאנו 16 רוכבים אמיצים לכבוש את יער מנשה בהובלת עוזי נתיב.
הרכיבה המאתגרת החלה במעבר דרך שער ברזל מסתובב, המשיך בעליות (כמעט) אינסופיות עד לפסגה המיוחלת, וכלה בירידה מהירה עד לנקודת המפגש.
העליות היותר קשות שאת חלקן נאלצתי לצעוד רגלית בחברת כמה שותפים ( שהצטרפו אלי רק כדי לעודד) נתנו לנו סיבות לקטר ולהתלונן.
שתי הפעולות האחרונות נתגלו במפתיע כמאוד מועילות – עובדה! הודות להן הצלחנו לסיים את המסלול.
כהרגלינו בקודש אין רכיבה ללא סיום בארוחה בחברה נעימה, וזו אכן התממשה בסעודה מעולה במסעדת אל עדווי בכניסה לקיבוץ הזורע.
I didn't count us today - so a large group...
A large group gathered at the start - with David taking us on a mostly urban ride. Just to keep us guessing, we headed towards Hod Hasharon, but doubled back on the road parallel to the 531 and headed off towards Herzliya. Rolling hills and a bit of gravel to get the heart-rate going....
We skirted Herzliya and came upon a lovely park in Ramat Hasharon - just opposite the Maccabi building. A beautiful playground for the young and not-so-young.
We headed west then up to Kfar Shmaryahu and home. David tried to get us to go on a bit more, but once your nose is pointing towards home and coffee....
23 kms in perfect cycling weather. Some of us had to get back to see THE GAME. Yes, the SA rugby team doing its stuff in Tokyo against the British. May the best team win!
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