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And They’re Off! Guest Post from Carol

Posted by rabbiart on November 11, 2008

Tuesday afternoon and this morning have been all about the ride.  We had lunch at a church about a mile away from our hotel. This was a chance to meet more riders and some of the students. I was able to talk to one of the recent graduates from the Arava Institute from Jordan about his thesis and his current job hunt. He was honest about the challenges he faces with an Israeli degree.

Later in the afternoon there was a kickoff meeting for all riders. The first part of the presentation was about the organizations supported by the ride. Hazon and the Arava Institute are both inspirational organizations. Hazon’s vision is to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community – as a step towards a healthier and more sustainable world for all. To carry out this vision, Hazon focuses on community building through outdoor physical challenge (thus the bike ride) and sustainable food. I was intrigued by Hazon’s support of Community Based Agriculture and thought that we might investigate this to see if our synagogue might be interested in starting a CSA group. The Arava Institute supports environmental education through its masters program, but also supports environmental research projects as well. Riders also participated in a text study which connected to the environmental theme. And of course we also heard about ride logistics.

Next was dinner, which consisted of an all you can eat meat buffet. Since the food was all kosher, I was in heaven. Not only could I eat every course, but I could eat all the desserts too. The riders need to calories for the long ride, but I am going to be more restrained at future meals.

This morning the riders had to bring their luggage to the assembly area, prepare their bikes, eat breakfast and prepare to leave . . . all before 5:15 AM! Israeli breakfast is very different than American breadeparture-art-on-bike1kfast – another all you can eat buffet, with salads of all kinds, fish, cheese, yogurt, egg dishes and rolls/bread. Despite the early hour, spirits were high.

So Art is on his way. The hotel is quiet. I’m looking out the window at a stunning view of Jerusalem. Later this morning, I’ll pick up my rental car and start my parallel journey by car on my own schedule.  I am going to meet the riders doing the short ride for lunch and then join them for sightseeing at Beit Govrin.  Art and I will both end up in Ashkelon but by different modes of transportation and at different times.

I’m turning the blog back to Art, but before I go I just want to let you know how deeply I support the work of Hazon and the Arava Institute. We share this world as stewards and are responsible for protecting it for future generation.



One Response to “And They’re Off! Guest Post from Carol”

  1. Warren said

    Thanks for this and all the updates. It’s Wednesday morning here so it must be nearly 7:30PM for you. Here’s hoping this first day’s ride went well.

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