I volunteered to myself to do this report as I have done in the past....except that in the past I was volunteered by others!!!!!!!! No joke!!!!!!!!
So we 16 met on time at Arugot but unforeseen circumstances led to a delayed departure. But the contribution of several riders including Uri and Rafi to solving a problem with one of Dina's tyres by imaginative improvisation, both cut the delay time and also enabled Dina to ride with a bandaged -up tyre using cardboard and and an inner tube. We set off eastwards thru the varied growing crops and plantations on the flat ground which surrounds Arugot and eventually passed el Azi, a Bedouin village smack bang in the middle of Israel. It is remote from other Arab locations by many Kilometres. Its inhabitants farm crops and shepherd sheep and goats. They are a respected community and interact well with their Jewish neighbours.
We eventually stated the climb towards the Tuscan- like lookout on the path that runs parallel to Road 6 south. The pleasant weather added to the atmosphere of a casual ride with Uri Nativ at the helm. We reached the Lookout point and repast while resting. with a cool breeze from the North. The ride back was a constant downhill and we only stopped to enjoy and photograph the delightful colourful Sunflower fields. Several also again mentioned that it's time we rode up tel Safi. At one point I had to remind the group that passing the lead rider is a NO-NO!! Shaikes water bag was leaking but he carried on regardless.
Talya decide to ride with her mask on but otherwise I can testify that social distancing was not on the agenda. We must not be lulled into a false sense of security. Stick to the rules please!!!!! Consult the site for details!!!!
Thanks to all who made this another great 30Kl ride and in particular the weather man or is it persons???
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