Finally I can honestly say I am starting to feel at ease riding hard in all terrain. l may still feel my training needs a few last touches: Length of climbs and staying of the saddle for over 4 hours several days in a row. But I can see I am really near the peak I sought out when i began the preparation and this blog. The fundraising too has proceeded successfully. I am getting pretty close to the 10000 mark that is the goal set for me.. I am grateful to all who have given and once again reach out to others well wishers out there who will want to join the effort as we near October and the depart for Israel.