We started the day in a beautiful pastoral setting, nestled in the hills of the Golan. It seemed sad to leave such a nice spot but by 8 AM we were on our bikes. The terrain was challenging to a certain extent, with windy stretches of rolling hills through Golan farm land. Cows were grazing on both sides of the road, occasionally crossing the road in front of us. Impressively, Aba managed to tell a joke that Orly had never heard before. It was: Why did the cow go to shul? To say Moo-saf (hahaha). We biked with the Bogrim group again but we were somewhat dispirited by the great distances between us and them. We stopped at a large natural lake call Birkat Ram in the base of an old volcano, just outside the Druze village of Masadeh
. At this point we decided to leave the Bogrim group as they started the climb up to Mount Hermon, Israel’s largest mountain. We were conflicted by our decision to join the half of the group that took the bus up the mountain. However, as our bus climbed a never-ending, impossibly long road, Orly accurately stated, “best decision ever!” At the top of the mountain (actually the bottom of the ski slope) we awaited the riders. Much to everyones amazement, the first up was the13 year old kid on the ride who just celebrated his bar-mitzvah last week. He was a small, slight kid, described by others as “half a chicken wing” but somehow, his physiology does not include lactic acid production or muscle fatigue. Kol Hakavod. Our treat began as we began to cycle down the Hermon and we enjoyed an 18 mile down hill!! We stopped at lunch at Horsat Tal. The last two hours of riding was flat but fast and took us to the Hula Nature Reserve. Our bikes allowed us to take a tour of this beautiful site and we had a wonderful explanation of something quite positive about Israeli ecology. As the day was nearing an end, we boarded the buses and headed towards Kibbutz Kefar Giladi, our night’s destination, all the way up on the border between Israel and Lebanon. At the end of the day we had traveled a total of 51 miles.
By the way, please feel check out the website for the ride ramahbikeride.org to check out the blog and pictures. You will see Aba being quoted and pictures of us.