Cycling Between Anemones 758A.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The opening ceremony for the single track cycling trail in the Shokeda Community Forest was one of the events at the Darom Adom Festival in the Negev and one of KKL-JNF’s TuBishvat events. The route is 18 km long, is for expert bicyclers, and passes through the breathtaking landscapes of the Western Negev—forests, green fields and groves, where an abundance of anemones adorns the forests with beautiful red carpets at this time of year and turns cycling there into a celebration of sport and nature.
The single track cycling trail was dedicated together with the local residents, who are working with KKL-JNF on developing the Shokeda Community Forest.
It is the first single track in the area of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.
“KKL-JNF is a loyal partner of ours that supports us not only in emergencies but also day to day,” said Tamir Idan, the Mayor of the Sdot Negev Regional Council. “Last summer
, Code Red came from the alarms, not from the flowers. We came here today without fear, to ride bicycles in the fields of anemones, and this is our civilian way of defeating of terror.”
The single track passes through four communities—Beeri, Alumim, Kfar Maimon and Shokeda. “This is an opportunity for residents from different backgrounds to meet, to get acquainted, to make friends,” said Ohad Hadad from Kfar Maimon. “We have a Shomer Hatzair kibbutz here, a religious kibbutz, a moshav with immigrants from Morocco and a communal town, and we are all living together in harmony. Of course, the single track attracts bicyclers and hikers from all over the country, too. There is no better way to love the land of Israel than to explore
Indeed, on the day the single track opened, hundreds of bicyclers arrived from all over Israel, from professional cyclists to families with children, and they enjoyed the perfect weather, the gorgeous scenery, the pretty anemones
and the challenges of the cycling trail.
“The trail is not easy and has many interesting obstacles,” said Ayal Goldhaber, an experienced cyclist from Ashkelon, after completing it. “The landscape is awesome, with endless anemones, so we really enjoyed it.”
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