Weather is as unpredictable as the Bureau that is supposed to predict the weather. The radar said no rain so we got rain...well, sort of if light to drizzle is "rain". It dogged us on and off for almost two hours but in between we dried out so it in fact was a coolant.
Not that we needed cooling as the temp was just perfect. The sun shone in between those showers so what more could we ask for.
To start with, a great route "hilly" which is what we got going north to B.Zion, the Reserve , Udim, Yaqum and Ga'ash where we breakfasted in two groups. One indoor who had no faith in the rain and those who sided with the Bureau and guess who won out. We were eleven to begin with until Shmuel joined us at Udim. We were also privileged that Shaul our good friend came along. He had the right stuff and we hope to see him again in our ranks as he qualifies...see the following definition when Geva and Yossi joined.
But first, let's examine what were the criteria that made our two latest riders come away knowing that they are "Cyclenixable"!!
Go to "Gallery" to see the photos of the ride and the link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/82453576 to see my GPS data
The combination of the two says it all - great ride, great company, ideal weather.
Well, Spring is definitely here. I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday. Eight of us (somewhat less than usual, because quite a few of our "regulars" were away on holiday) set off on our excursion at a wee bit after 7.30. The weather was almost perfect. I say "almost" because the was a bit of a wing against us on the homeward stretch. At one time the clouds looked rather threatening (see the photos) but no rain materialised and there was lots of sunshine. Our route was one that we have travelled many times....Along Ahuza street, through the fields opposite the Ra'anana Lake , South to the border of Kfar Shmaryahu along the Tel Aviv/Haifa Railway line, through Rishpon and across the bridge over the Coastal Road and then onto one of my favourite viewing points in the Hasharon Coast Nature Reserve.
There was lots of colour in the fields. We carried on to Spingo where we made a short stop and were joined my Jules who arrived by Jeep. Pleased to see that he's making good progress after his nasty accident (not a bike accident!) the day before the Cape Argus Race. Hope it wont be long before we see him back the saddle.
Thereafter it was back home after a most enjoyable +/-35 km. ride.
Here it is, short and sweet.
13 riders (lucky number) met at our usual "Home Patch" meeting place for a ride that was a wee bit more than a home patch ride.
We rode West along Ahuza street and made our way through the Herzliya Pituach Industrial area to the Marina and then turned South hugging the coast line. We passed Tel Baruch and Reading carrying on to the Tel Aviv port.
From there we travelled along the banks of the Yarkon River, where I noticed the the level of the water was the lowest that I have seen in a long, long time. Attidim and Ramat Hahayal were next on our route, with a refreshment stop at Aroma. Then it was on to Ramat Hasharon, crossing over the the bridge over Highway 5 at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Centre and back to Ra'anana via Herzliya.
The weather was perfect for riding and we must have covered at least 45 kilometres. All in all, it was an enjoyable ride and good exercise.
Round and around we go.
11 of us set off, conscious that we needed to beat the heat. All the predictions were for a scorcher. Well, luckily for us, the mist stayed and we had a cool 30 km ride on one of our usual routes.
Our route included some nature reserves, Tel Yitchak being one. Since I am challenged with routes and directions, I am like a sheep and just follow. Most of the time I have no idea where we are - although it all looks so familiar. Well, the scenery was glorious. We passed carpets of yellow and purple flowers - a real feeling of spring. That made me think of the poem:
Spring is sprung
Da grass is riz
I wonder where dem boidies iz
Da little boids is on da wing
Ain't dat absoid
Da little wings is on da boid
We tanked up at the gas station near Ga'ash. Only then did the sun start to break through and we could feel the heat. From there it was a quick ride home - a perfect day for riding.
Well, today the 26th of March I have decided to name "Mudder's day" so Happy Mudder's day to all the mudders out there!
We started off at the entrance of Elishema,only 7 of us, David, our leader, Ingrid, Anna, Frederic who is back from France but leaving us once again next week, Uri, Merill and myself.
We rode our regular Elishema route with our regular little addition...all in all, over 40 km. David lead us through water up to our knees. We successfully crossed without falling into the water; Ingrid started with the first injury,her new pedals are definitly grip friendly but they are not flesh friendly and they dug into our actress' leg. I must inform you all that she coped with this injury amazingly and didn't even cry! We are proud of you Ingrid. Frederic was second with his fall or should I say slide. Just like James Taylor, he too was Mud sliding. He landed up with a few scratches on his left leg, so he still has a leg to stand on.
Merril had the most painful of all the falls when she fell and couldn't unclip her foot.She received a bad hit on her shin from a rock .....just the thought of it has me cringing. We stopped to rest a few seconds at the scene of Merril's fall where Ingrid told David she needed him closer because she needed his nuts! Generous as always, he shared them with us all. Then off again......towards the coffee break, and another small slide and fall from Merril. Then we arrived safely at our coffee spot - a little math at the end......the tills weren't working .....and back to the cars. We all finished with great smiles on our faces ,as happy as pigs in Mud! Happy Mudder's day to us all.
Route: From Ra'anana down to Kfar Shmeryahu, north through Arsouf, the Sharon Beach Nature Reserve, Ga'ash to Yakum (for a disappointing
refreshment stop at Café Bueno) then back via Rishpon to Ra'anana.
South of Arsouf discovered a new (for us) cliff-top sea view and the kayak
community out for a paddle on a near calm sea
Distance: 33 km
Participants: At the start 12, with Gadi joining at Yakum (good to see both Raanan and Gabi after some absence!)
Conditions: Cloudy at first, then partly cloudy and warm - wind light southerly up to Yakum and northerly back (what more could one want!) all adding up to perfect riding conditions
Bottom Line: Good company - Enjoyable ride
In perfect riding weather 5 Cyclenix stalwarts, Barbara, David, Dina, Ted and me, met at our usual meeting place and set off a wee bit later than usual. This was a "semi" home patch ride because we actually ventured out of our usual home patch area.
Our route was: Raanana - Herzliya Pituach - Tel Baruch - Old T.A. Port - Yarkon River - Wallenburg Blvd (refreshment stop) - Kiryat Atidim - Tzhala - Tennis Centre - Ramat HaSharon - Herzliya - Raanana, a total of +/- 41 kilometres.
It really was a great ride and the new found refreshment stop was great too....good food and good service. To those of you who missed the ride, all I can say is "you missed out!"
Wow, what a beautiful ride. We began at Alonim Junction, ate some young peapods, rode uphill to Kiryat Tivon and then went off-road. We had a very long, steep incline on rocky soil to climb up to the top of whatever mountain that was. Only a few managed to ride the entire way up. Some of the wiser riders decided to save a little lung power for the rest of the ride. Twelve of us were lucky enough to be riding in this gorgeous area with the best riding weather you could wish for. We descended into Nachal Tzipori and rode through mud and puddles along the "raging" current of this grand river. Listen, we Israelis know how to be thankful for every little stream we have in our arid country and we all enjoyed the muddy stream that is referred to as a river.
There were no mud falls, but the water and mud splattered up to make us all look like Pig Pen's Gang in Peanuts. We passed the Christian's Flour Mill and were happy to see a few rakefot, kalaniot and even some irises along the way. We shared the paths with some horses, a few traktoronim and some early morning hikers.
From Nahal Tzipori, we made our way back up to Beit Lechem Haglilit, where we popped into the Dairy Festival for a quick walk around. We then managed to do a few more uphill climbs, before tunneling under the road to return to our cars and civilization.
Avi, Uri, Hylton, Steven, Megan,Ted, Dina, David, Ingride, Anna, Frances and Myself had a great ride in a lovely area. Most of us then refilled our batteries a bit at Arcafe and then began the leisurely drive home. Twenty eight kilometers of challenging, yet not technically difficult, riding under the keen leadership of David, whom we thank for his time and efforts.
Our fabulously fantastic fun friend Frederic from France was fortuitously found far from us - too bad - we missed him.
This is David's GPS link to see details of the ride: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/71320877
Over time was involved in a variety of sports :
The Cyclenix Group
My Away-Away biking history:
My bikes history:
My Happy hobby:
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