(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Resh Lakish and Hoshaya cycle paths in northern Israel were inaugurated at an event attended by cyclists from all over the country. Some 200 people turned up early in the morning to set out along the attractive route through Tzippori Forest and cycle through natural woodland amidst pine forests, olive groves and magnificent oak trees. These new trails are a welcome addition to the network of cycle paths that KKL-JNF is developing throughout the length and breadth of Israel, with the help of its Friends worldwide.
The Resh Lakish single trail, which is some twenty kilometers long, links together the numerous cycle paths that KKL-JNF has already created in the area. It is named after the Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish, who lived in the Zippori region. The Hoshaya single, around eight kilometers in length, encircles the community of Mitzpe Hoshaya.
After a morning cup of coffee, an exchange of cycling anecdotes, a short pre-expedition briefing and a last-minute equipment check, everyone set out. “It’s a great route with wonderful views, it’s challenging and lots of fun, too,” said Haim Zino of Yodfat, who had come to cycle with a group of friends. “The last section is pure rollercoaster, a cyclist’s paradise, with jumps and natural bumps.”
“It’s a KKL-JNF masterpiece,” declared veteran cyclist Eduardo Ochsman of Haifa, when asked his opinion of the trail. “I can see how all the riders are smiling,” he continued, “and I know exactly why. Along the way we discovered that we’ve got Europe here right under our noses. The truth is I’m really mad at KKL-JNF, because no matter how hard I try, I can’t get around to riding all the singles they keep developing. KKL-JNF has turned Israel into a major cycling power with thousands of kilometers of routes.”
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