November 10, 2011: The Ride of our Lives

Liveblogging the Ride

Yarden is on the road riding to raise money for families in Gush Etzion who are dealing with illnesses.

6:05PM – Rav Matanya Ben Shachar, rav of Neve Daniel, spoke briefly to inaugurate the ride. Yarden’s message to Stella was “I’ll let the riding speak for me.” He did one lap, came back to find Stella in the crowd, kissed her, and was off.

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6:15PM – Yarden is off and riding.. He’s lapping the main roads in the yishuv with a few dozen kids in tow.

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8:27PM – Yarden is leaving Neve Daniel now and heading into the Gush Eztion circuit of Alon Shevut / Rosh Tzurim / Efrat.

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Efrat Darom

9:15PM – Yarden’s making a second lap into Efrat. The follow car was pulled over by the cops for blocking traffic. They had an ishur (permit).

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Alon Shevut

9:59PM – Yarden’s heading out of Alon Shevut, listening to AC/DC.

10:12PM – the follow car cracked open the popcorn.

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Gush Etzion Regional Council

10:40PM – We reached the 100km mark. Yarden’s changing his shirt and heading back up to Efrat on his fourth circuit in Gush Etzion.

11:00PM – David Bender joined Yarden for the ride. Yarden is riding at a little over 22km/h. He’s wearing a black shirt (and a reflective vest, and has tons of lights on him).

11:16PM Latitude: 31° 39′ 3.58172”, Longitude: 35° 7′ 43.7543”, Speed: 9 m/s, Bearing: 172°, Altitude: 970.4 meters. Also, a course adjustment because Alon Shevut isn’t The City That Never Sleeps… they shut the gate.

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Efrat Southern Entrance

11:32PM – Yarden’s finishing up his circuits in Gush Etzion. Stay tuned for a live video update:

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12:00AM – Heading into Yerushalayim. Reached the halfway mark for the ride.

12:12AM – Video technical malfunction. Our crack team of experts is on the case… even though it’s past their bedtime.

12:21AM We are meeting up with the bet shemesh crew [Yarden’s bike club from Beit Shemesh. Ed.]

12:45AM Midnight Madness!! Crazy awake Neve Daniel friends came out to greet Yarden and his biking crew on the road to Jerusalem. It’s a crystal clear night, cool and dry.

Speed: 12 m/s

Bearing: 36°

6 ½hr



Tunnel Road

12:55AM – Heading into the tunnels on 60 on the way to Jerusalem.

1:06AM – Just entered Jerusalem …should be at Kotel in 25 minutes or so.




Old City

1:29AM – Latitude: 31° 46′ 26.7244” Longitude: 35° 13′ 59.7021” Speed: 3 m/s Bearing: 70° – In the Old City of Jerusalem.

2:12AM – Latitude: 31° 43′ 50.5409” Longitude: 35° 12′ 19.9625” Speed: 10 m/s Bearing: 199° – heading down Derech Chevron to Kever Rachel.




Tunnel Road

2:17AM– Heading back to the Gush.




Tunnel Road

3:10AM – Back in Efrat.

Final Amount


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