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We met in the new SPOKES meeting place (our part was closed off for some event). 15 riders came of which 4 were SPOKES newcomers.
We started off at a fast pace which unfortunately was too fast for some and very quickly we separated from Mina and Yakov and friends, who decided to ride at a more sedate pace, and we continued east towards Einat.
Dennis led us on paths which we had ridden on before and on paths which were new to all of us. We rode along the railway tracks, over bridges and other obstacles and we went past plenty of rubbish heaps on the way.
By the way did I tell you about Martin's forth puncture ??
Well this time it was not really a puncture, just a matter of adding some air, so we pumped and then continued. On the way to Antipatrus we met Itai, Gaby and Mr. X who were not riding with us because they had not received a long enough "pass" for this ride. Shame….
Not much later we said fond farewells to Martin and Michelle and can't wait for Michelle to get back to a good fitness level. (Go find some good hills and practice.).
From here we continued south and rode all along the railway down to Moshav Bnei Atarot, a German Templar village now going through a big expansion program. Then we rode West adjacent to the airport perimeter (not too many planes on Shabbat), along the South edge of Or Yehuda and then along Nahal Ayalon. For those who don't know, this area is going through an extensive cleanup and is now part of the Ayalon Park (and Park Darom).
We arrived at the Hiryia and by a vote of the 2 women and Dov it was decided by majority Not to climb up the rubbish hill. I actually still don't understand a minority vote of 3 to 6 becoming the majority…….but still, next time……
At some stage we found a great steep descent and we stood on top debating if to ride down, slide down or just wait for Autumn. Well Nurit took the first decision and slid / walked down, then Max rode down followed by half of the group. Good fun….. Then we found a set of lounge furniture, kindly donated by the environmentally conscious Hiryia , made out of recycled Rubbish……………..and here Dennis had chosen to allow us our break. OK so sandwiches devoured we sped off West along the banks of the Ayalon, where we passed several points of beauty. Here you can see the birds and ducks coming back into residence in the area. (property prices really are dropping). Then along through Shikun HaTikva and on to Yaffo and to the Tel Aviv Tyelet.
Some of us stopped for coffee along the way , some carried on and soon we were back at the cars eating D.T.'s cake…………again. Well done D.T.
A big thank you to Dennis who checked out the route for us and a great, well paced ride of 57 km's tucked under our belts, we sped off for home and a well deserved shloof.