Participants: 21 riders, which validates loud and clear our decision to start our rides at (for some) the unearthly hour of 6.30 am –we could even start earlier but that might be pushing it a bit ☺.
Route: We started “near” Hod HaSharon Park parking area - the gate was still closed at 6.30 – maybe the guy who opens up overslept! But very inconvenient for those of us trying to find a place to park! Then down to the Yarkon, east for a short distance until the steel bridge and then onto the southern bank westwards to the Maccabi Bridge at the Ramat Gan stadium. Then back east on the northern side of the river. Total distance about 27 km.
Riding Conditions: Some cloudiness helped to keep temperatures down to reasonable levels. The route westwards was almost completely sand free, but the same cannot be said for the return route with some “heavy” patches – kol hakavod to some of our rides who made it/almost made it through the sand!!
Bottom Line: This is always an enjoyable ride and the early “beat the heat” start contributed greatly. Although this route isn’t exactly a test of one’s climbing skills (the total ascent on my GPS registered a mere 92 meters!) nevertheless what may be an absence of “challenge” is more than compensated for by the natural beauty of the area (river bank riding is, for me, always special). And no room for boredom on this ride - the winding paths along the river demand 100% concentration. All in all, a super ride, super company!
If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John: