Sixteen of us courageous cyclists decided to brave the hot and humid weather conditions and turned up in Ra'anana at 7 AM to begin our sojourn. I must say, I was quite surprised that so many people showed up. It just shows how we have acclimated to Israel over the years and are more willing to put up with the ferocious sun than a few drops of rain in the winter (myself included). It was a boring ride - the avocados are not yet ripe, the corn was not yet ripe, the passiflora was not yet ripe.... You would think someone knew I was coming.
Actually, the ride was quite nice - we kept up a steady pace, hoping to beat the heat. We rode along one of our usual routes (Rishpon, Yakum, Udim, Rishpon). There was a bit of sand along the way, but it was rideable.We were able to ride across the gorge in Udim for the first time in more than a year!! We even managed to find a little mud and it mucked up our shoes and bikes - you know the kind that weighs a ton and just does not want to come off.
No punctures, but France's tire tried to escape. The little bugger was quickly caught and returned to his rim.
Half the group got lost at one point, but we met up again about 20 minutes down the line.
Refreshments at our filling station at Ga'ash, where we drove the waiters and waitresses crazy by NOT LISTENING when they brought our orders. Ted led a toast in honor of our esteemed leader's birthday - CONGRATULATIONS to David! It was then a quick ride home from there and into a nice cool shower.
About 36 km of pretty easy riding (except for the heat) and it was actually a lot cooler when we were riding than when we stopped.
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