Riding on the Home Patch after so many years can be boring but when ridden after the first rains each year it takes on a new dimension. The air is crisp with little or no little haze. The clouds are distinct and greyish fluff-like and the sky is a true sky blue. The plants are vibrant greens and colourful with the copious quantity of falling rain and the trails are packed hard (some were not!). The mud was there but we were able to circumnavigate the pools and muddy patches. A fresh SW breeze made the ride painful at times but the otherwise ideal conditions with perfect temperatures made up for the disagreeable wind. We were reduced in numbers as some of the riders were on the Kinneret ride but we managed quite nicely all 10 of us. Uri left early for his 60th birthday party thinking he had seen the last of us. His wife Etti made sure that we would shortly follow him (after a drink at Gaash) so we gladly rode to Uri's home and joined in the celebration. It was a heart- warming event and apart from David's nuisance flat tyre we can honestly state that it was a great ride. Mazal Tov again to Uri and his tribe.
Perfect cycling weather greeted 5 oif us the our usual starting point for what turned out to be a great ride. The ride started at 8am and that extra hour's sleep did us the world of good!
Weclome to Irit who had her first ride with the group. We hoipe to see you often on out future rides.
The route took us to the top of the Ra'anana "Rubbish Dump" and after surveying the magnificient view of the surrounding areas we descended and headed off to Yakum, the Gaash Si Service station where we stopped for breakfast and then home. The comapny, food and weather all helped make this a perfect 32 km ride.
Participants: Nine Cyclenix members participated in this Spokes organized ride to close the Gilat Shalit circle of biking events during the years of Gilat's captivity.
"Tekes": During the course of the ride near Mitzpe Hila we all "formally" removed the yellow ribbons on our bikes following Nurit's appropriate words of closureof this Saga
Route: For GPS details of the ride go to: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/125000376 Bottom Line: Great ride, perfect weather, excellent company amid superb biking country.
At 7 a.m. and half asleep, I joined twelve cheerful morning people at the regular spot opposite Yad Le'Banim. We cycled along Ahuza Street and through the fields beyond Lev Ha'Park, crossing the railway track at Kfar Shmaryahu. From there we turned north, continuing through Yakum and on to Udim. We returned along a different route east of Yakum, and made our way to the coffee shop at the Ga'ash service station. Rested and replenished, we headed home.
The highlights of the ride were Gabi's various punctures (apparently due the poor quality of the slime around the inner tubes), the picturesque Yakum Nature Reserve on the way up, the pleasant "singlim" near Yakum on the way back, some challenging uphill sprints, and breakfast.
To summarize, it was an enjoyable 34 km with good weather and great company. And many thanks to David, who filled me in on the route after our return, for the purpose of this report!
Sometime after we finished the ride David remarked that each time we ride this route in its variations it's like a test to see how age is taking its toll. Rest assured...if we have aged our stamina has not!!
Now you know the end so what about the beginning? We set out all seven of us from the car park and commenced the long climb to Tzuba on a bright and breezy morning with the smell of pine to add to the already great morning setting. To our surprise we found the first section to Martyr's Forest Monument is now blacktopped (tarred!) so we breezed up. Naturally the next section was hard going, a long and steep climb that seems to last forever.
The lungs worked and the heart beat as we chugged up, envying the occasional rider coming opposite racing downhill. But it was not long that Tzuba was in our reach and within seconds we faced that second challenge of the day...the downhill to Ein Limon.
We rode down cautiously avoiding the loose stones, seats down and brakes firm but flexible and in no time we were having a snack by the pool at Ein Limon. The last stage was a mad rush downhill at times over large stones (even a Jeep would find hard going) but we made it down in one piece. David recorded a top speed of over 30KPH but he was not the fastest. We had breakfast at a nearby Market complex and headed for home. Perfect ride that left us all smiling if not a little weary. See the GPS report...total elevation gained 553M. Thanks David!!
Where we rode: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/121651860#
Here it is, short and sweet. For the first ride of the year 14 of our regulars set out from our usual starting point a wee bit later than the appointed time (not unusual) and we made our way along a well worn route through the Industrial area of Ra'anana, on to Bazra , then Bnei Tzion, Udim, Yaqum with a stop at the Gaash Service station for breakfast and then home.
I hope you all had an enjoyable New Year and that we'll have many more happy and interesting rides during the rest of this year.
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A Day by the Sea
Despite the threateningly dark sky, 17 of us set off from the Tennis Court Center in Netanya, going northwards to Nahal Alexander and returning along the Netanya Tayelet. (For details of the route together with other GPS data go to http://connect.garmin.com/activity/116611409# - and to see the route on Google Earth click on "Export" then "Google Earth").
Welcome to some new faces: Vered, Mike and Brian, all local to the Netanya area. Vered deserves a gold star as she has only been cycling for about 2 months and despite feeling ill, soldiered on to finish the close on 40 km ride without a complaint - well done! Brian spends part of the year in tranquil Cornwall and we look forward to seeing him again when returns.
Avi lead us along the labyrinth of roads in Netanya and through the fields to Nahal Alexander. Here we saw huge turtles and a rodent-like creature and, of course, many other cyclists. We returned (after a few going astray) along the tayelet. The clouds must have scared most of the walkers away, as we didn't have to dodge too many people. We stopped off at a cafe to refuel. I can only say that I will not be darkening its door again. It provided a wonderful sea view, but not much else....! The rain stayed away until we reached the cars and then the heavens opened to give us and our bikes a good wash.
A nice sunny day, but not to hot, greeted the 11 riders who met at our usual starting point. One of those riders was Ariel, who we haven't see for some time. Welcome back! Ariel was asked to lead us on a "different" ride and he did this extremely well.
We started off riding West along Ahuza Street and when we reached the intersection of Ahuza and Yerushalaim our numbers grew by one when Talia joined us. We rode through Lev HaPark and on through Rishpon where we crossed the Coastal Road and made our way towards the coast turning South towards the Herzliya Marina and then along the coastline. Heading for Ramat Hasharon we crossed the Coastal Road once again and Ariel showed us areas of Ramat Hasharon that we hadn't experienced before. I am ashamed to say that for the first time ever on a ride, on our way towards the areas of Ramat Hasharon that were new to us I stopped to take a few photos and "lost" the group!!! After a few calls back and forth I persuaded the group to carry on with out me and I made my way back to Ra'anana.
Anyway, all's well that ends well. I did meet up with the others at Arcafe in Ra'anana where we made our "breakfast stop. We had a great ride, saw some lovely views, experienced a wee bit of sand now and then (not too bad, see the photos) and everyone enjoyed themselves (including me!). Thank you Ariel for a great ride
Well, first of all, before I begin to describe our ride I have to say what a pleasant surprise we had to see Dennis Rappaport at the starting point. Welcome back after a too long an absence. Look after your knees and take it easy. It was great having you with us and I hope we will see you often in the future. Beverley (Frances' friend also returned after a long absence and it was good seeing Felix again. Hope to see you all regularly in the future.
And now, the ride! First of all, we started at the Hadera Railway station and travelled South through the Hadera forest and then east to Road 4. From there, we travelled South through Geulei Teiman to Nahal Alexander riding along its banks right down to the mouth of the river and the beach. At one of the bridges that crosses the Alexander we stopped to watch a couple of coypus swimming in the water, one even climbed out onto the bank to visit a duck!
At the beach some of the riders cooled off by taking a dip in the Mediterranean, Megan, even surfed. All good things come to an end and the swimmers dried of (partially) and we started our return trip, this time, via Mihmoret, through Ein Hayam and Givat Olga and the over the foot bridge that traverses the coastal road and back to the station.Until we hit the coast we enountered more then a wee bit of sand which had some of us pushing our bikes instead of riding them! If we had thought that the sand was a bit excessive during the first part of the ride, I can assure you that on the return trip it was worse!
But, we all made it back to the Station and I think that despite the sand and the heat, we all enjoyed the 27 kilometre ride. We will do this ride again in the winter and then , hopefully, it will be a case of "welcome back" to the mud and a cooler ride.
Thank you David for planning the ride and so ably leading us. You're a star!
15 of us gathered at Yad Labanim with a couple of new faces in the group. Welcome and do join us again!
We set off on one of our regular routes with very few sandy patches and enjoyed a 27 km ride with only one mishap - a puncture for Avraham. We refuelled at our our Ga'ash stop and, despite the predictions, it wasn't too hot as we had some wind to help us a long.
Avi and David were in constant contact - Avi wanted to hook up with us, and eventually did, after he had ridden 35 km in a round-about route to get to us. It reminded me of David Bowie's Space Oddity: Ground control (David) to Major Tom (Avi).... What is even more appropriate: Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. Now that is advice that we can all take.
It is the end of the Passiflora season - so it was slim picking for our regular long-fingered friends.
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