Away Ride - Sat. Feb. 28, 2015

Tel Aviv Ride:
The weather forecast is on our side so twice postponed Tel Aviv ride is on!
The details are as follows:

DATE: 28th February, 2015
MEETING PLACE: The Northern side of the Ramat Gan Stadium
TIME: 7.45 am

The ride will not be a difficult one, but you need to be capable of cycling 30 kms.

Always remember to take plenty to drink.

(Please note these rides may change so check back often)

Check back here regularly in case there are changes or other details.

Always ensure that you bring 2-3 litres of water, energy snacks for the breaks, a spare tube, and that your bike is cleaned, oiled and in perfect working order

For more details:David 054-474-1424
John 050-942-2788

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Ride Report - Feb. 7, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Francis

Home Patch 7 February 2015
Here comes the sun

19 of us gathered to set off on a route that took us to Rishpon, along the coast past Sidna Ali, through Herzliya Pituach, along the waterfront and the back through the fields and along the main Herzeliya Pituach drag to Tapuz in the Herzliya park - a total of some 35 km.

We started in the cool and clouds but soon... the sun peeped out. So, with apologies to the Beatles:
Here comes the sun (zoomy zoomy)
Here comes the sun, and we say
cycle away

We actually cycled with the sea water lapping our tyres - it looks so easy, but the sand and the pebbles are not as hard as they seem - even when wet. Lots of sailboats were out and the water was a beautiful blue. After the cold days this was really a pleasant respite.

We made good time and by 11 we were almost home enjoying what Tapuz has to offer. Thanks for David for the good route that managed to avoid being bogged in sand.
Ride Report - Jan. 31, 2015 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Talia

Home Patch 31 January 2015
Participants: There was a nice turnout of about 18 people hoping to replenish their vitamin D. Route (with a lot of help from David and Rafi's Pathfinder): Leaving Ra'anana near the Ra'ananim Mall; continuing through the orchards of Batzra and the fields of Bnei Tzion and Harutzim; past the Kiryat Shlomo Hospital going north; continuing east, north and then returning westwards till the railway line south of Yakum; northwards on the eastern side of Yakum, turning slightly west and then north again towards the Wingate Institute; from there turning south and crossing the Yakum footbridge over Route 2; continuing south until a refreshment stop at Si Espresso near Ga'ash; then south again and back over Route 2 near Shefayim; through Rishpon and back into Ra'anana.

Distance: 33 KMs

Comments: It was quite an amazing ride - the weather was lovely and the route gorgeous, with very little mud or sand. It included one of my favorite singles, along the ledge overlooking the ravine in the Yakum Nature Reserve. Even the up-hills seemed less of an effort, although that may have been because someone was pushing me from behind.

Everyone was in good spirits and very enthusiastic, so enthusiastic in fact that they kept falling off their bikes. Adrian unfortunately fell twice, but that was probably because he was riding his (stunning) new Trek and wasn't used to it yet. Meryl took a nasty tumble and had to go home early as she was aching all over. I managed to fall down when we were all standing still, as I got my shoelace caught on the quick- release lever of my wheel.

Uri had a puncture that we weren't aware of, and so we unfortunately left him behind. But in the current era of mobile communication, it was a mistake easily remedied.

We encountered the usual hikers, dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists and jeep enthusiasts that are familiar on these rides. There were also some less common attractions - a circus tent in the middle of nowhere; a trance party down by the railway line; and a woman emerging out of the foliage in an animal-faced hat that made John feel like he was back in Africa. However, the main highlight was the stunning Black Iris up on the hill east of Yakum, which made David very glad that we hadn't come all that way for nothing.

It was lovely seeing Ingrid at Si Espresso, as she's missed a couple of rides due to a foot injury. Wishing her and Meryl speedy recoveries.
Ride Report - Sat. Jan 24, 2015 - Ride Report - Hadera Forest - Alexander River -  By Michal Cahn

Hadera Forest - Alexander River
The reunion ride- after a month of not riding (excluding three crazy people who felt 1 degree weather is normal riding weather, we reunited at the Hadera train station. 21 riders decided to embrace the warm sun and amazing scenery. The repetitive question: "aren't you cold?" hinted to the morning chill but due to the lion king soundtrack that was stuck in my head from the drive to our meeting point, it was HAKUNA MATATA...
We started off at what seemed quite promising, into Hadera forrest with horses roaming the fields freely and all of us roaming the paths. After about 4 kilometres we were out of the woods physically but deep in the woods metaphorically. We reached road no.4 and could not find a way to where we intended on getting. Crossing roads, a few according to the law and some well not so much... we were now back on the western side of the road which lead us to Geulei Teman. We didn't let the uncertainty bring us down! That could be because we have our fierce leader and some other helpers and it is easier just following the pack in these situations. I mean what else can you really do?
Up a path and back down it, once here, once there and another time just for fun...
in the end David found a way... because when there is a will there's a way!
The ride was brought to a halt with Merrill yelling to tell us to stop. Frances is a bit behind with a puncture! So a bunch of our chivalrous men and Merrill rode back to save our damsel in distress! (I googled it and cannot change it to madam! Frances you are unwed for my ride report). In the mean while, the waiters enjoyed a snack, some small talk and our mixed feelings on the time and only 10 KM's done so far... but it wouldn't be a cyclenix ride without the constant excitement!
When they returned, we all continued pedalling, wondering, will we ever reach the promised land of Alexander River?
YEP! We made it! We got to the river! Whooshing quite fast through the paths, packed with people enjoying the sunny Shabbat we rode all the way to the beach! From far you could see Stuart, Matty and Merrill lifting their bikes in the air to show off how light they are or for the rest of us to open in song with the circle of life "Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama"

A too great of a photo op made me check how deep the water was. The water was quite cold with a strong stream but I conquered the island! Got wet all the way to my waist but it was worth it! Back on our bikes riding the sandy beach we really wanted to hurry up becauseit was getting late. The sandy paths, the wind and our appreciation for nature's beauty had other intentions for us.It took a little longer than planned. When we succeeded in getting away from the sand, the ride was smooth all the way back to our cars.,
Some went home, some had a nice breakfast at Aroma but all had fun today!
We did 28+ KM's according to my endomondo but most important got to ride our bikes and enjoy the sunny Shabbat!
Those who did not join today your absence was felt...
I personally did not have someone to sing the lion king songs with and go in the water with.
A shout out HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To Yvette!!
Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 27, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Richard Mumm

Home Patch 27 December 2014
Well, after being gone for the last several weeks I was finally able to make it to a ride. There were 9 of us, a small group but a good group. Word of the day, avocado! Merrill started us on the ride, going "back word". Riding, I am directionally challanged, so I'm not sure exactly where we all went other than we were all on bikes and rode on trails. The weather stayed nice, a little cool at the begining but it did warm up as we continued the ride. Merrill did have a fall in the "bamboo tunnel" up north near Natanyya. She was not hurt and the bike was uninjured as well. Remember the important stuff! There was a lot of trees ripe with fruit, oranges, nectarines, and avocados. The ride was good with good company and conversations. We ended the ride with the ever important coffee. I look forward to seeing everyone back next Saturday. Have a great week.
Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 - Home Patch Ride Report -  By Uzi

Ride Report - Sat. Dec 13, 2014 - The Green Green Grass Of... -  By Frances

Home Patch 13 December 2014
19 of us gathered to set of on a chilly but sunny day - welcome to Jose, who originally hails from Costa Rica and now Hod HaSharon. I trust we will be seeing more of Jose....

We set off northwards, going through Beni Zion and eventually ending up near Tel Mond and Tel Yithak, from where we headed home. Since I never know exactly where I am... I can at least describe what we saw: lovely greenery (made me think of Tom Jones singing the Green green grass of home....), lakes of water with ducks paddling, the sun shining and avenues of trees. Not to forget the black 2014 Ferrari with equally smart-looking owner (spotted at our coffee stop at Ga'ash).

The route was lovely and picturesque (thanks to David) and we whizzed along in the cold, with Michal singing Daisy Daisy - so, with apologies to the original Daisy:

David, David, give us your answer do,
We're half crazy, don't know where to gooooo [to rhyme with do....]
Slow or fast or faster
You lead, we'll follow after
The path flies by as we
Ride our bicycles following you!

We covered around 35 km with a strong headwind on the way back. We had a break at Ga'ash where we refuelled and then rode the last way home.
Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 - Park Britannia Ride Report -  By Rafi

CLICK HERE for the photo album for this ride

Post Script: Special thanks to Haim who looked after our bikes while we climbed up to the top of Tel Azeka to enjoy the magnificent view - David

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 - Rolling in the deep! -  By Michal

Home Patch 6 December 2014
Mud on your face, big disgrace! all of us laughing all over the place!
A bunch of laid back easy goers who didn't feel like a long drive and a hard ride, pitched up for a couple hours of fun! None of us had expectations for what was to happen...

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where we rode. I only know we went towards Tel Yitzhak, you can check my endomondo for the map.

All jolly riding through the fields some damp, some a bit muddy, we came across horses and goats and a $?#?1T load of mud!

Our ride came to a halt as we approached deep mud with a ditch on its side and a narrow muddy path that Merrill and I believed was possible to walk through slowly and steadily. The safe riders wanted to take the short detour through the field like the previous riders before us.

John on the other hand is special! He decided to go ahead before all with so little thought put into his action...

I don't think I have the words to describe these next few moments!

Stupid is as stupid does

one step, two step, three step, DUNK!


I don't think Mel Brooks could have written a scene as funny as this one, it took us a while to get over it and pull John out of the mud.

When I mentioned before "a $#1T load of mud"(ibid) John being the one who went for a mud slide slim dip will verify that the mud had a oh so slight smell of kak...

We all got through it as we planned and wanted to continue but was a bit harder now for John being a dipped flake. All for one and one for all, except one who wanted to continue but reluctantly came along with us to head home. Somewhere on the side of the orchids we found a hose to hose John and his bike down. I kind of had a sense that Ilan was enjoying the job a bit too much but on the other hand so was the crowd while continuously joking about the situation.

Now being mud free but "farting bubbles" (his term not mine) we continued our ride. Another stop for John to change his attire and feel a bit better, thanks to Merrill and her multiple layers who saved the day. Though after the amount of jokes she made, she needed the mitzvah.

Still farting bubbles, laughing and enjoying the ride we rode off to our favorite Landwer where Megan and Kim joined in for breakfast and more laughing (still at John).

We only did about 20 km's but where funniest 20 km's ever!
Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 29, 2014 - Home patch Ride report -  By John

Home Patch 29 November 2014
The rains have stopped (for the time being) and a sunny, cool and windless day welcomed 19 of us to our usual meeting place. Whatever our determined leader had planned was not to be, because, the road building works going on in our area have drastically altered in one way or another the usual paths taken by us in this area and on more than one occasion we had to turn back because of mud, or new canals filled with rainwater or simply piles of sand that blocked the way.

The highlight of our ride was the magnificient view from the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea at Arsuf

We had a lot of fun and although we cut the "UDIM" section off our usual route, because of the riding back and forth due to man-made and nature-made obstructions we did end up covering well over 30kms.

After a long absence we returned to an old "watering hole", the Si Service Station at Gaash for a welcome breakfast stop and then made our way back home.

I am certain that all enjoyed the ride and am equally certain that everyone's bike was in need of a good cleaning.
Ride Report - Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 - (WINDY) Home Patch Ride Report -  By John

Home Patch 22 November 2014
The day started with an SMS from our David (today he was "Lazy David") to inform me that he'd give the wind a miss and sleep in. How wise he was! I looked out the window, saw the swaying trees and the wet roads and seriously thought about following our David's example. However, foolhardiness persuaded me to get dressed and face the consequences. Six of us, Dina, Talia, Chaim, Uri, Ted and yours truly met at the windy starting point and, on Ted's wise advice, decided to ride to the Herzliya and avoid off-road routs which were sure to be muddy.

The first 100 metres told me that I should have stayed in bed. A strong head wind tried to stop us riding West along along Ahuza but we battled on, Dina in the lead on her feather light new bike and me in the rear cursing the wind!!!! Anyway, the other weather conditions were great... not too hot, sunny and clear skies.

We rode through the Herzliya Park and on the way discovered a rain-made lake, complete with ducks (see photo) that had not been there a few days previously

We eventually made it to the Marina, to find that the pier along which we usually ride had been closed off (Read the notice in the pics from today) The photos of the sea will show you just how windy it was! Lots of crazy surfers were out taking advantage of waves rarely seen in the Mediterranean and there were also some crazies on surfboards being towed by giant kites!

As we changed direction and headed for home the enjoyment level of the ride rose considerably as we were now being pushed home by that same terrible head wind that was now a friendly tail wind! Whew! What a pleasure!

The six of us made a breatfast stop at Tapuzim, Herzliya where the food and service was great and having satisfies our thirsts and hunger we headed for home.

Another 27 kms (shorter than usual) under our belts in very good company, was behind us!
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