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!
Participants: 16, but reduced to 14 quite early on in the ride.
Route: From Ra’anana southwards through Givat Chen and into Hod HaSharon down to the Yarkon, then eastwards along 8 km of the Shvil Israel, then further east to the Kessem Interchange and back north to Ra’anana via Neve Yarak with a stop at Mawe Bar and Coffee House in Hod HaSharon for some welcome personal refueling!. Total distance 36 km
Riding Conditions: Cool and overcast conditions enabled us to maintain a good pace throughout. So with the rainy season still awaited, we could take full advantage a cooler ride on a still firm summer riding surface - before Yarkon rides inevitably become a rather muddy winter affair.
Bottom Line: Riding along that stretch on the banks of the Yarkon, with its twists and turns, ups and downs, shade and bright (and not least the many bamboo reed tunnels along the way), is always a fun experience. I wonder how river bank rides in our Land can match this natural beauty. We are indeed lucky to have such rides on our doorstep!
Participants: 15. To some of you who may think a 7.00 am start is still too early, well the good news is that from November we revert to our regular 7.30 starts, and on Sunday 27/10 we get back that extra hour of sleep that we lost in March!
Route: Northwards to just south of the Dror junction, westwards up to Tel Itzhak then on to Udim’s mini-lake for a “snack-stop” under the trees and back to Ra’anana via Yakum and Ronit Farm . Total distance 32 km. See route and gps data at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31333671
Riding Conditions: Excellent riding weather, even slightly chilly at the start (a sign of more of the same to come!) and far less sand that I had expected, having regard to the time of year and dry conditions. The sand we did encounter was mostly rideable.
Bottom Line: An enjoyable ride and as always, great company! Chag Sameach to all
It's always refreshing to be led on new routes albeit, variations on a theme, of old routes. Talia is an excellent exponent of the opportunities that our local ride can offer and yesterday she did take up on the challenge. A Paganini ride it was. Variations. We did ride along 531 on leaving Ra'anana westwards but we reached the recently developed "nature" reserve hill created by the many tons of earth excavated when building 531. New to me! In years to come it will be loads better with the greenery that is in now early growth. We continued towards Rishpon along newly created roads and eventually reached Nof Yam where we rode an old path, now newly paved, that hangs high above the shore just south of Appolonia where we were refused free entry! Ingrid did run off for a short gig looking for archaeological artifacts but returned empty handed. We then rode Northwards from Nof Yam along "Dina's* route, still sandy in parts. On hitting the road we took the eastwards directions and then disaster struck when we arrived at Route 2 and started to ride along the culvert towards Rishpon bridge. We valiantly fought demons and Lantella and other creepies and crawlies. The tunnels and drainage pipes reminded us that we were lucky the rains were still to come. Getting caught there in a heavy downpour would be deadly. Succot is infamous for the "Yoreh" but we were spared. We eventually made it out and set off back to Ra'anana where we breakfasted at Arcafe. Great ride Talia. Keep on challenging us with your innovative path finding. Good weather also contributes to enjoyable rides but even Talia can't take credit for yesterday's fine conditions. Hag Sameach!!!!!!!!!!!
New Year Cycly no. 1!
20 of us set off on the same lovely ride of 32 km that we did under the leadership of Talia F. We set off at a good pace, enjoying the cool morning air while it lasted.
We went via Rishopon, Shefaim, Ga'ash, Yakum to our most northerly point, Udim. This time there was no Yair Lapid to be seen, but the usual motor biking lot. A few left us to make their way home (but like the proverbial bad pennies turned up again at Arcaffe).
We opted out of doing the singles at Udim - but we did stop by the lovely lake with its bird watching hut. Very peaceful and time to enjoy what nature has to offer
We stopped off at Arcaffe for refreshments. A lovely ride - may our cycling year continue in the same vein!
There was a nice turnout of 20 people for the last ride of the year. However, we hadn't ridden very far when something unfortunate happened. Turning into the parking lot of Kenyon Ha'Park, Kobi hadn't noticed the partition on the ground between two lanes. He went flying and hit his face on the ground, hurting his nose and upper lip. A few riders administered first aid, and then Talia F. kindly accompanied him back to the meeting point in Ra'anana, from which he drove himself to the hospital.
The rest of us continued west through Kfar Shmariyahu to Herzliya Pituach, and then along the coast. We started turning back slightly south of Herzliya Pituach, stopping at 'Tzuk Herzlia' to look at the ocean and to give Talia F. time to catch up with us again. David extracted a bottle of wine from his bag, while Michal took out a cake, and we all raised a toast for the new year.
The conversation turned to all things maritime. Ingrid told me of a sailing race in which David had participated, where the ocean was so rough that not one vessel returned undamaged, and all this in shark-ridden waters. David, you have my respect!
Apart from that there were bridges to cross, boats to admire, and a stunning vintage car to drool over. Back in Ra'anana we stopped at Arcafe for refreshments. Kobi texted to say that he had dry wounds only and no major damage, so that was a relief. On the whole, though, it was a lovely ride of over thirty kilometers, with good weather and great company. On that note, I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful new year.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: