Twelve riders set off from Ra’anana at 7am at a brisk pace with Uri at the helm. The route was a circular one – north through Batzra, west through Tel Itzhak, south along the railway line to Rishpon and Kfar Shmeriyahu, and then east again back into Ra’ananana.
The ride took us past the boutique shops of Rishpon and the Holocaust Research Center (Masua) in Tel Yitzhak. We also rode past the picturesque lake of ‘Maa’gan Shira’, as well as ‘Horshat Ha Nun Mem (Ha’Ekaliptus)’, which in English means Grove of the N.M. (or Eucalyptus Grove). This historical site once housed the N.M. army base, which had been built unnoticed amongst the densely growing Eucalyptus trees and used to secretly store ammunition during Israel’s War of Independence.
A detour was necessary due to an unexpected pond in a tunnel that we had planned to ride through. Uri had gallantly volunteered to test the waters, but after coming to a halt half-way across and wading back through knee-high water, he led us elsewhere. There were also a few sandy patches, which were mainly rideable but left us as breathless as deflated balloons. On the positive side, there were lots of downhills and no really tough climbs.
The goal of the ride was to beat the heat, which we did commendably, getting home before the ‘sharav’ started. There was no granola break, but I soon discovered that a snack tastes as good in the car as it does in the forest, and you don’t have to share it with the flies.
To conclude, it was a fast and extremely enjoyable ride of approximately 28 kilometers, with lovely scenery and great company as usual.
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