Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ride Recap

I’ve just completed the most amazing

315-mile journey!

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There’s so much I could tell, but that may bore you. So here’s my takeaway:

  • Luckily my first adventure was not indicative of the entire experience…When I stepped onto Bus 394 at 1:45am in front of Ketura, the driver did not have my preordered ticket. So, I was forced to pay again AND sit/lay on the floor for the 5-hour ride. I did not sleep as planned and arrived in rainy Tel Aviv at 6am, very tired.

  • I mentioned a bunch about the basics in the last two posts. But just to reiterate, we ate and slept VERY WELL. They really took good care of us!

  • Here’s something impressive…Two of the lead riders included:
    • Israel’s #1 Cyclist - Ayal Rahat
    • The Chair of the Chemistry Department at Hebrew University - Gil Shoham

  • I became friendly with them and the entire crew. In fact, I spent a lot of time with the Crew, who are Arava alums, during breaks, because I am closer in age with them then most of the other riders.

  • Nonetheless, I think I had a conversation with every participant.

  • The CREW deserves a huge round of applause. They did a spectacular job. There was not one time when I felt confused or stressed during this week. (Honestly, it felt nice to not be in charge or give directions for once. This week I was able to sit back and just participate. Though, I did “crew” at times for fun.)

  • Moreover, I believe the Ride was very well done, because no matter if you cycled the whole way or rode the bus for half the time, everyone left feeling accomplished.

  • On our way to Ketura on the second to last day, we hit a WIND STORM. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried this, but cycling in a headwind that is moving faster than you is much harder than biking up a mountain.

  • I was really impressed by many of the cyclists. I hope when I am three times my age I can beat a youngster up steep hills. But, as Ed Loebl (Rachel’s dad) put it, “When you ride five times a week, it’s not so bad.” (Not to mention, I didn’t really train for this.)

  • Finally, this Ride provided a very unique vantage point of Israel. I’ve seen most of Israel in many different ways (small groups, large groups, hiking, busing, driving), but rolling through the country on a bicycle in an extraordinary experience. To physically move yourself, at your own speed, through the land, allows for a whole new perspective. You better appreciate the height of mountains, the geographic and climatic diversity of the small area, surrounding nature, and even the people within. I strongly encourage everyone to do this at some point in your life. Speaking of which, SIGN UP NOW FOR NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM - October 19th - 26th, 2010!

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And, tomorrow we celebrate Ketura's birthday!


Biking Befuddlements

  • In the last post when I discussed my fear of the downhill, I forgot to mention that another risky factor is that I am attached to my pedals. This does not make for an easy fall!

  • However, I’ve also learned to love the downhill, because after a climb, the ONLY thing you want is a nice, long, steep, descent. OY!

  • You know you’re working hard when you take off your sunglasses and can wipe off actual salt crystals.

  • In case you don’t know, THIS COUNTRY HAS A LOT OF HILLS!

  • I’ve decided I should not be so hard on myself when the #1 Israeli cyclist beats me in a sprint… even if he’s only using ONE foot!

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