|Gvar'am Jan 12, 2019|
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|Home Patch Jan 12, 2019|
היום השתתפתי ביחד עם עוד 7 חברים באתר הסינגלים הכי נחמדים שעשיתי.
נפגשנו ליד יער האקליפטוסים סמוך לקיבוץ גברעם ,יחד עם מספר די גדול של רוכבים, כאשר כל קבוצה בחרה את המסלול שלה.
הרכיבה בוצעה בשבילים צרים ומפותלים עם עליות וירידות צמודות שחייבו את הרוכבים לשנות הילוכים כל רגע בכדי לעלות ולרדת לפי צורת הדרך.
יש לציין שהשביל היה מסומן באדום-סימן המראה את דרגת קושי המסלול.
הרכיבה בוצעה בתוך היער וגם בנוף פתוח ירוק שבו כלניות בצבצו במספר מקומות אשר יחד יצרו נוף פסטורלי יפה.
סיימנו את הרכיבה במסעדת נחמדה ליד שדרות.
I cycle the winter paths again,These lines entitled "Muditations on a January Ride" composed by the Romantic lake poet William Mudsworth aptly describe our first (home patch) ride of the good year (we hope!) 2019.
The sand, the water, the mud,
Wherever I doth wend, my ways do end,
Completely covered in crud.
Mud mud no glorious mud
no mud to stick to our wheels
So follow me down the road
And avoid that glorious mud
Hello my fellow Cyclenix bike riders,
After all these years of managing to get out of writing the write up (usually because I was working weekends writing), I have finally been roped into it.
I am sitting at Landwer Coffee and have just heard that the other half of the group are at ArcCaffe.
Guys, we really have to work on sticking together. It is much more fun when we're all together.
Here we have John, Rafi, Haim, Arik, Beni, me and a new rider with us from Modiin named Leora initially from Canada. Welcome to Cyclenix.
Can't name the people at the other restaurant because I’m not there, but I know that Talia is there, with Leonardo and two new Venezuelan guys. Leonardo's wife was here with us looking for him.
Very noticeably missing were David, Ingrid, Ted and Michal. John is with us but without his breakfast buddy. We all wish them the best
So we were missing our two ends, the leader David and the sweep Ted.
We rode our normal route and went around Udim. About 32 km
Special thanks to Merril for leading us and showing us some new detours.
Today 23 of us congregated at 7:30am in the parking lot of the Herzog High School in Kfar Saba, for a ride planned by Arye.
We set out along Ben Yehuda Street, turning left at the Derech Ha’Poel junction onto Zamir Street. We then rode out into the fields through Derech Ha’Movil Ha’Artzi, or National Carrier path, so called because underneath this unassuming dirt road runs the biggest water pipe in the country, responsible for channeling water from the Sea of Galilee to the center of Israel.
Continuing through the fields along Highway 5503, we bypassed Kibbutz Nir Eliyahu and crossed Highway 5504 next to the Camille Restaurant (where we didn’t stop). We cycled by some fascinating excavations recently discovered during construction work for a railway line, and after that, passed the domed tomb of Shimon Ben Ya’akov. We rode through Kibbutz Eyal and along the southern edge of Tzur Yigal, coming across a plaque among the trees called ‘Meeting Place of Friends’, erected in memory of two young friends from Tzur Yigal. We made a U-turn around Kochav Yair and returned on our tracks in a south-westerly direction adjacent to Highway 6, until we had again reached Nir Eliyahu and Kfar Saba.
The ride was interesting from a historical point of view, and we stopped to inspect the various relics. It was also quite challenging, with a few tough up-hills, one very steep down-hill, and some rocky patches. There was one puncture (mine), a negligible amount of sand, two very unfriendly dogs, and lots of chatting and laughing. Arye did a great job of taking the lead for the first time, with backup from Shaike who made sure that the front of the group didn’t actually succeed in shaking off the back!
To summarize, it was a great ride of 33 kilometers, in a varied and unfamiliar environment, with the usual good company.
Participants: 30 (which approaches our record number) which included Leo's son Phillipe, and Gil and his son Misha who joined us for the first time. Welcome to the three of you and we look forward to your riding with us again soon
Route: The rainy conditions earlier in the week made it possible to ride two sections which we need to avoid in the summer, which made a welcome variation. See our route in Google Photos Album of today's ride (note: includes to and from Kfar Saba)
Ride Conditions: Near perfect weather for riding, hardly any sandy or muddy sections. Overall distance 34 km.
Bottom Line: An enjoyable ride - great company!
A fresh and early start
for all the brave of heart;
Cyclists, geared and ready
upon their bicycles steady.
And off we set
Through fields decidedly wet,
Along the Nahal Ra'anana canal
encircling Basra and Tel Izhak in high morale.
Past Agam Udim and a new watery ditch
Gentle meanders via Nahal Poleg's bamboo pathways
With nary a delay, we stopped for a snack and kibbitz
Onwards through Yakum Park, via some well inspected avocado groves
Finally heading back towards coffee at Landwer in our droves.
It should be noted, young John, managed to climb
An extra hill in his excitement to reach Landwer in record time!
He blamed another for his little navigation rumpus
I say in response: time for a compass?
Upon our arrival we did somehow chase away
A nearby table of genteel walkers
(Was it our smell that rid us of gawkers?)
So with swathes of space we were then spoilt with many sweet delights in honour of Anna's birthday.
So many happy returns to Anna on your special day!
And please, next week would all Cyclnixers remember to include a tip when they pay!
Over time was involved in a variety of sports :
The Cyclenix Group
My Away-Away biking history:
My bikes history:
My Happy hobby:
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: