Today we started our ride, from kibbutz Mashabei Sade to Mitzpe Ramon, without a shofar. We rode out of the kibbutz with American Pie blaring from my bike speakers, and got on the first road in the direction of our destination. My father and I rode with the middle group, because the highest group was off somewhere else doing a much harder ride, and we felt kind of bored because the made us stay at a slow pace for the whole beginning part of the ride. After that beginning part, which was about 15 miles of fairly flat road, we stopped for breakfast at Sde Boker, overlooking a huge canyon.
We saw two ibex roaming around on the mountain, and we basked in the glory of the huge plateus and mountains making up the scenery. After breakfast we went on a 9 mile off-road out-and-back route. We got mountain bikes to use instead of our flimsy road bikes, and were on our way. I enjoyed the rolling ups and downs of the trail, but when we were just on flats, the rugged trail made the riding bumpy and uncomfortable. When we got out 4.5 miles, we got off of our mountain bikes and walked to a natural spring situated in the middle of the rocky canyon to swim.
It was very very cold, but I stayed in because it was so refreshing after the dry oven-like heat. After that, we changed and walked back to our mountain bikes. I stuck my wet bathing suit on top of my helmet for a little extra shade and cold, but I only succeeded in looking like a complete idiot (refer to P.S. at the end).
Yitzhak Goldstein (the other bar mitzvah boy) and I were one of the few people who went back up the huge looming (at least paved) hill that brought us back up to Sde Boker (not to mention on our mountain bikes), but sadly my father chickened out after about ten feet of hill, and snuck back down the hill to get on the air-conditioned bus taking people back up while we weren’t looking. When we got back up to Sde boker again we ate lunch, and got ready to continue on our way. There was about another 20 miles of riding to get to Mitzpe Ramon. I put my iPod on shuffle, turned the speaker all the way up, and rode. You probably don’t know this, but my dad and I(just me) always sing Bohemian Rhapsody when we are going up big hills, and just as we were starting the big hill that everybody said was 5 miles long(it wasn’t), that song came on(it was awesome). My iPod was on shuffle, and it chose that out of like 800 songs(it was awesome)!?!?!? WHAT(it was awesome)?! I thought it was awesome. We arrived at our hotel in Mitzpe Ramon at about three(it was awesome), and met up with the rest of our family: my mom, sister, cousins Sam, Amy, and Michelle, and grandparents Aaron and Thelma(it was awesome). Tomorrow we will celebrate Shabbat with a lot of not-riding with our family, and a lot of not-being-awake with our beds, but most importantly, taking a lot of pictures and notes so I can share my experience with you.
P.S. Because I am a complete idiot (refer to my reference to this), I managed to leave my camera on my bike on Friday, and I won’t get it back until Sunday, so expect more pictures from today on Sunday. Peace(shalom).