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Old 09-28-2013, 03:17 AM   #1
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First desert trip of the season - Negev, Israel

This time we went down to the area which borders with Egypt. The border demarcates two distinct deserts: On the Israeli side, the Negev desert and on the Egyptian side the Sinai. The plan was two full days and the night in between, which was a on the full moon. Desert riding on a full moon should definitely be on your bucket list...
On the first day the temperatures were still scorching, just over 100 F, so we made a slight change of plan and started at 6 pm for a 40 mile ride that went well into the night. There was a full moon and the area is mostly dunes so visibility is good and the falls aren't painful...
Here's a short video of the daylight part of the ride:


Day 2 was in completely different terrain. One of the cool things about the Negev desert is that in an area of only 30 by 30 km's you have a very wide variety of terrain and scenery. Rocks, dunes, single track, fast trails on dry riverbeds... the works. The last scene is a on a hard pack trail on the ridge of Kadesh Barnea, overlooking the Sinai desert. Beautiful, though the scene is much too short to capture the quality of the vista.

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Old 09-28-2013, 05:23 AM   #2
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Very cool
So far away from here.
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That looks like fun. Nice videos.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Too cool

Can you rent bikes there?
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:34 PM   #5
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Can you rent bikes there?
You can rent scooters, and occasionally the rentals have full sized bikes, but not something you can rely on.
There are a couple of advanced riding schools where you could probably get a one day guided course with an offroad bike and maybe you could convince them to do a guided tour. If you're interested I could give you a contact mail or phone number for inquiries but there's nothing like what's available in Europe or Costa Rica for example.
I know that there are a couple of European operators who rent bikes in Morocco. That's a great desert destination and they rent a variety of bikes including GS1200 Adventures.
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