|View from Rosh Hanikra border crossing south towards Akko|
|View east, the hills of Galilee in the distance|
|At the border crossing|
From there we went to the small village where we were to be staying the night. It was a beautiful drive the the Upper Galilee, past villages of all denominations: Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze. Through wine country, past vineyard after vineyard, some wineries and many graves of Rabbis from the Talmudic period. You could almost smell the history. We past the famous Mt Meron site of the grave of the mystical Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the town of Sefad, home to the Kabbalists of the 16th century. The village we were staying in was in the middle of a forest on the side of a hill looking north over the Galilee and the Golan heights.
|View west standing on top of Maarat Keshet|
As we arrived and were being shown around by the owner it came up that I was planning a bike ride.
"I know someone here that likes to ride too"
"OK" I responded
"But he gets up really early to do it"
"That's fine by me, its what I was going to do anyway"
10 minutes later he comes back with Barak and introduces us. Barak and I chatted for a couple of minutes and just like that it was decided that I was going to ride with him, and he would pick me up in the morning at 6. Later that evening he called to make sure I was still up for it and to confirm the time. Avraham the owner of the B & B where we stayed directed us to a restaurant in the Maronite Christian town of Jish. We had a simple dinner of salads, pita bread, humous and shishkebabs. We also witnessed a Druze wedding party which was explained to us by our waiter.
|Team members refueling before attempting the short climb|
|The bottom of the Har Adir climb|
|Coming back round for another go|
While the stronger guys were on their last set a few of us started to make our way back. The way back was much easier. We formed a nice group and took it easy. I was feeling good and my blood sugar was fine. As I was heading back to the car with Barak I had to let the group go and wait for Barak who wasn't far behind. He was ahead of the rest of his group with one other guy. We then climbed back up to wear we left the car. This was another short but very steep climb. Not the easiest thing after almost 90KM of riding. I finished strong and we headed back to where I was staying.
|Barak catching up with me|
Here are my blood sugars (all readings in mg/dl)
2304 - 243
0548 - 190 2 units insulin and a sandwich (30g carbs)
0510 - 201 granola bar (15g carbs)
0630 - start riding to meet group, mainly downhill
0654 - 283 beginning of bike ride
0700 - granola bar while riding
0824 - 141 powerbar gel (27g carbs)
0857 - 186 1/3 of sandwich (10g)
0900 - short all out hill climb
0943 - 212 1/3 of sandwich
1010 - 250 waiting for Barak
1025 - final tough hill climb
1112 - 145 6 units insulin and breakfast
1202 - 137
1243 - 122
1417 - 127
On the whole I need to reduce the amount of times I spike above 200. I think it affects my performance as well as the potential long term hazards. I am currently on 24 units of long term at night. I think reducing the long term insulin and increasing the short term insulin slightly might work. I tend to keep myself too high for fear of having low blood sugar, but I would rather hold myself in the 150 - 190 range than spike up to 250.