Participants: Ingride was outnumbered 9 to 1 by the men, so for those mathematically smart
among us, we were 10 in all. As it subsequently transpired, and by contrast, a (mostly ladies)
ride was concurrently also underway for those who opted for the excitement of "home patch"
riding from Ra'anana.
Route: From Ein Carmel southwards, passing en route the remains of the ancient Roman reservoir which supplied the irrigation needs of the Carmel Plain (thanks Ted for your explanation), continuing on to HaBonim, with a visit to the ruins of the 13th Fortress (thanks Adrian for the historical background), then down to the coast at Nachsholim / Dor, an area steeped in antiquity which includes the site of the ancient Phoenician port of Dor (thanks again Adrian for all the interesting info on this), then back northwards to Ein Carmel, passing on the way the sky diving airfield where we were just in time to see the last few of "a batch" (or is it "a flock") of parachutists descending (thankfully successfully!!) back to terra firma. Total distance 27 km.
Glitch: On our previous rides in the area our entrance to Kibbutz Nachsholim had been smooth and uneventful. But today was different - today we were confronted by closed gates, an equally "closed" security guard, effectively saying that Nachsholim is closed to the public (legally questionable?). Also, our efforts to change the guard's mind by a phone call to the supposed "person-in-charge" merely reminded us just how unpleasant people can be, given a little so-called "authority"... So we went on our way, made a detour and reached our intended objectives nonetheless. Ironically we could have EXITED from Nachsholim through the very same closed entrance grates just to prove a point! But we had better things to do and other places to ride!!
Bottom Line: See the pictures - worth much more than the proverbial thousand words. They tell the whole story, well almost - also great riding weather, great company.
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