Eleven stalwarts gathered under grey skies to try our luck at beating the rain in a short ride. We avoided mud, found a magnificent view of green sea and grey sky and then had to sing in the rain all the way home ... to Arcaffe, where we dripped and drank.
We rode mostly along the road but ventured into a little bit of mud along the Herzeliya airport but luckily it was a short stretch. We headed past Appolonia and admired the view at Sidna Ali. The grey was coming and while standing there the clouds spat out a few drops. We cycled with renewed vigour - some stopped off at the Sharona hotel and waited it out while the rest made our way home. Four of us stopped at Arcaffe and enjoyed some very warming coffee and the like....
20.73 km in 1 hour and 55 minutes. It was a great, invigorating ride despite singing in the rain....
We're singin' in the rain
Just singin' in the rain
What a glorious feeling
We're cycling again
(Editors' Note: this will be the 400th ride report added to this site. Well done everyone!)
It was freezing when we arrived at the launch pad at Dorot... a mere 9deg but the sun was caressing us with warmth and by the time we set off with a slight delay our cockles and other parts were tending to hot. We were apprx 15 (I did not count) riders led by Uri with David happily settled mid -way with the group stretching for almost a kilometer at times. Some of the meeker riders were phased out by the long and winding narrow singles so the pace was slower than usual. Massive quantities of spring flowering by a multitude of colourful varieties blanketed the area and many species of tress frowned down as we veered in and out and up and down the narrow treks. At times the trail was a minute 20 cms wide with undergrowth on either side reaching almost two meters. Rolling hills and dried wadis, open lands and bushy forests provided a potpourri of landscapes. Warm air and slight patchy clouds... what more could we ask for?
After Lucia's fall we nursed her along and she finished the ride (as did we all) despite pains and aches. Well done Lucia!! Hope you are better too.
A token of gratitude to Uri who guided us perfectly with directions provided by David . Uri is slowly taking over David's mantle. Good for you both.
Participants: 18 riders braved a cold morning (but with the promise of warming and lots of sunshine later)
Route: Anna led us down to the coast and southwards. See the Google Earth image in our Google Photos Album of the ride. Although we have done this route so many times Anna managed to produce a “first” by taking us from the cliffs overlooking the sea south of Herzliya right down to the beach for a 1 km ride along the water’s edge, and then back up again to the cliffs. Well done!
Riding Conditions: The weatherman kept his promise of a sunny day - in fact perfect riding conditions - with an extra “no mud” bonus.
Reminder: Some of us seem to have forgotten the principle of “follow your leader”. Its worthwhile, unless you want to end up spread out across the length and breath of Central Israel (a slight exaggeration, for the sake of emphasis!!!). There’s an inconvenience element as well - for those who do follow...
Bottom Line: A most enjoyable ride - thank you Anna!
The day started for me at ten to seven when my bike was packed into Rafi's car and we were off to Uria.
At Uria we met up with another seven bold rides ready for the adventure (Burma Road and Trail of sculptures)
The nine of us were Uri, Yael, Sheike, Arie, Richard, Sami, Leon, Rafi and I. Our appointed leader, Uri, was armed with the map from David. Just in case Rafi put the map on his phone as well.
The weather was great for riding with clear view. We started with a climb that never ended. Even though at some parts we descended, but it meant more climbing afterwards that some of us did on foot. The scenery was beautiful, very green, with spots of yellow, red and purple flowers. We didn't miss any turns as we had "corner people" to guide the "late comers". I'm sure Leon hade a great time though sometimes he asked wondering if we know where we are. Collectively we climbed about 500m, did 23km and went home tired but very happy with what we achieved.
At one point I almost lost my back wheel, so I better visit Asher to deal with it that it shouldn't happen again.
I must tell that it was a wonderful feeling that David called, thinking of us, "the lost children" riding in the wilderness.
Many thanks to Uri for guiding us on this ride, Well done!
|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
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