At 7.30am 12 riders met opposite Yad L'Banim for our Weekly Saturday excursion. The sky was a little overcast as we set off West along Ahuza Street naking out way along a well worn route passed the Herzliya Airport. Once we hit the Tel Aviv - Haifa railway line on the Northern side of the airport we back-tracked towards the Herzliya Park. it was then that the odd few drops of rain turned into a steady heavyish drizzle and by the time we reached the Park were were somewhat wet!!! At the point some of the riders turned back, but 10 of us carried on towards the Herzliya Marina, where, on the way we passed participants in the Women's Annual triathlon whjo were taking part in the cycling leg of the event. We carried on Southwards on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean making our way back through the fields of Ramat Hasharon and back to the Park at Herzliya where we stopped for our "breakfast". By this tie the rain had disappeared and the sun was shining brightly. The service, food and atmosphere at the cafe in the Park was excellent. From there we set off towards home.It was not only a great ride, companywisew and qualitywise, but we also discovered a new very pleasant "watering hole"... Another 30+ kilometres under our belts.
Well, it felt just right to renew my participation in the weekly club rides, after a long period of absenteeism due to various family duties.
In a somewhat cool but promising Saturday morning 15 of us showed up at the usual meeting place, and took off northward under David?s direction. After crossing the pardessim of Bazra, we climbed up the Bnei-Zion hills, saw the colonial-style polo grounds and clubhouse where magnificent horses and foals trotted along, then descended and again ascended in a twisting fashion in the Great Sharon Bikegrounds. In short, we repeated the usual Udim-Yaqum-Shfayim route, with some new sidekicks known to David alone, which helped to alleviate the familiarity of the terrain.
On the way back we lost John who had to leave early, and after a short but tasty coffee stop in the very pleasant gas station in Gaash, yours truly also had to take off for the so commanded early arrival at home. I trust the remaining group members made it safely home, in what proved to be a relatively brisky ride, in excellent weather. See you all next Saturday.
What happened to everyone this morning??? Were you all scared off by an overcast sky? We two people weren't....Frederic and your's truly.
We had an enjoyable (and shorter than usual) of approximately 25 kms. stopping off for breakfast at the Service station between Gaash and Shefayim. Until then I had no opportunity of testing out my new rain suit!
As we sat down to order, the heavens opened up and it poured until 5 minutes before we were due to head for home. Then the sun came out and off we went. On the way we did get about 10 minutes of rain and I am pleased to say that my rain suit passed the test. It wasn't at all cold and there was really no wind to speak of. All in all , very nice riding conditions and a very pleasant ride.
Next time, don't be frightened off by the weather!
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
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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