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Old 04-19-2009, 08:45 AM   #16
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One of the problems of riding to Israel, would be the stamp in the passport and what this means in all of the surrounding countries. Also what a stamp from one of the surrounding countries means in terms of ability in getting to Israel easily.
Other than that I guess it would be like riding in Iraq. Patrols, checkpoints all over the place, tanks, you never know whether a stray bullet/rocket will hit you or the bike, or a hummer/tank will ride all over you, if the hotel will still be in place the next day either due to a Palestinian suicide bomber or an Israeli bulldozer or whether war will be declared or not the next day with any of the surrounding countries. Sounds like a lot of fun.
But I would like to see your reports and proven wrong.

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Old 04-19-2009, 10:39 AM   #17
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One of the problems of riding to Israel, would be the stamp in the passport and what this means in all of the surrounding countries. Also what a stamp from one of the surrounding countries means in terms of ability in getting to Israel easily.
Other than that I guess it would be like riding in Iraq. Patrols, checkpoints all over the place, tanks, you never know whether a stray bullet/rocket will hit you or the bike, or a hummer/tank will ride all over you, if the hotel will still be in place the next day either due to a Palestinian suicide bomber or an Israeli bulldozer or whether war will be declared or not the next day with any of the surrounding countries. Sounds like a lot of fun.
But I would like to see your reports and proven wrong.
Let's leave politics and fear out of this. That's JoMomma material.

I'm more interested in pictures and narratives of the riding experience in Israel, not the political situation.

Speaking of which ...
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:11 PM   #18
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To Waddi Zin and Akrabim Ascent

Thank you all for your kind replays. I assume this is the correct moment to apologize for any spelling mistakes and wrong use of language terms. In Israel English is being taught at school in all grades, and it's a primer language, second only to Hebrew and Arabic.

So, as an appetizer I will bring you the story of a ride we did 5 weeks ago. This riding report is sentimental to me, due to the sad fact that Lavi - a friend I met through one of the motorcycle forums - was badly injured during his first ride on his new BMW GS.
He is still in hospital as I type these words, so this post is dedicated to him. I wish him fast recovery.

These maps brought up so you may be able to follow the route traveled:


This is an enlargement of Dimona city and Wadi Zin area.




We are a group of friends that met each other by mistake. Since we all riding dual purpose bikes and share the goals and dreams, we find it pleasant and enjoyable to ride together.

We all met at one of the exits in Tel Aviv:



In the front of the picture is my bike. Lavi's Tenere - one of his 9 bikes (!) - stands after. His bikes fairing is under construction. Nataly's bike is at the back.

We rode on highways to Yeruham, a remote settlement somewhere nowhere. we toke road 227 towards the Small Crater (can be seen clearly in the google maps). Interesting fact is that in Israel located 5 out of 7 natural craters worldwide, plus the biggest of all is Ramon crater near Mitzpe-Ramon, another small city in southern Israel. from road 227 you can have a cler view of Dimona Necular center - the one and only Israeli necular reactor. It is used for scientific research and....shhh...military use.
227 is a very narrow and curvy road. This is Avi and Katya on their AT:



Nataly on the road:



The hour is about 10AM, and temp's are about 25C. We decided that a breakfast over the Small crater should be satisfying. so we hit the gravel.
This is Shira riding her Transalp. The girl's face tell it all - she enjoying herself!







Lavi is going up:



sitting for breakfast:



Avi's panniers are known to be extremely deep. You will probably find there almost everything you might think of. In this case it included all necessary equipment for a tasty breakfast:




clockwise: Shira, Reut (my GF, had a haircut and now shes no Rastawomen!), me, Nataly, Katya and Lavi.

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Old 04-19-2009, 03:37 PM   #19
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Wadi Zin

Temp's drop down as noon comes. These are the last weeks of winter.
We continue riding down the Scorpion's Ascent (called Ma'ale-Akrabim in Hebrew or Akrabim ascent ) and stop for a look at the view:





Akrabim ascent is a must for riders and a point that we always pass through when riding south. I'll post more pics from this road on my next RRs.




In the bottom of 227 road, lays Zin river, streaming through Wadi Zin.
Our goal today is to ride to Zin cistern. The river is dry in this time of
year, but may be flooded when rain.

the path is sandy and rocky.





Sometimes, a special rescue team is called out!









Lavi takes Nataly's bike through this section:



This means there were water here not long before:



and we arrive to cisterns. to find some greenery and water in
the middle of the desert is exciting view!





All bikes except Avi's and Nataly's are wearing Anakee tires,
which are great tires for both road and gravel,
but under these conditions, these tires just don't have a bit
of grip. it was exhausting digging out these heavy bikes out of the sand again and again.
Up to here, we rode 300KM road + 50KM gravel. We were all
tired, and the hit was intense.



We stayed in the shed for an hour or so, drinking coffee and tea, trying not to think we have to ride all this way back home.
It supposed to be rainy, so we brought some rain gear with us.
of course - we didn't see a drop of rain.



On our way back, Nataly decided this is the time to speed up:



everything went well:



until....



and then...



at least she's smiling! well, it wasn't the first time. probably not the last.
The way back is not only for mistakes cause by tiredness, but also for some mechanical failures.





At the Wadi exit:



This is Nataly with Ha'Etekim precipice at background:



exiting the wadi and riding to road 90, refueling and riding beck home. it's 570KM in total.



This is the end of my first report.
Please send any comments or suggestions regarding this format.
Please do not hesitate to send me any questions!

Shalom!
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:45 PM   #20
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Great Pics Keep it up
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #21
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Great report, thanks for posting
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:54 PM   #22
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Thanks guys. Great!

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Old 04-19-2009, 05:15 PM   #23
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Great Pics. The desert is always a great place to ride.

Can't wait to hear about more adventures.

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Old 04-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #24
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:40 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Nata Harli
Let's leave politics and fear out of this. That's JoMomma material.

I'm more interested in pictures and narratives of the riding experience in Israel, not the political situation.

Speaking of which ...
I thought it was more of a heads-up type post rather than a political one. It's something to consider if planning a trip through this part of the world.

Goride, great report. I look forward to more.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #26
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:55 PM   #27
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I thought it was more of a heads-up type post rather than a political one. It's something to consider if planning a trip through this part of the world.

Goride, great report. I look forward to more.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:52 PM   #28
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One of the problems of riding to Israel, would be the stamp in the passport and what this means in all of the surrounding countries. Also what a stamp from one of the surrounding countries means in terms of ability in getting to Israel easily.
Other than that I guess it would be like riding in Iraq. Patrols, checkpoints all over the place, tanks, you never know whether a stray bullet/rocket will hit you or the bike, or a hummer/tank will ride all over you, if the hotel will still be in place the next day either due to a Palestinian suicide bomber or an Israeli bulldozer or whether war will be declared or not the next day with any of the surrounding countries. Sounds like a lot of fun.
But I would like to see your reports and proven wrong.
what do you know,
Eldad and me are still living!!
We managed to celebrate our birthday for about 28 times without dieing.

Eldad,
thanks for the report.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:21 PM   #29
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Hello Goride,

thanks for opening this thread!

RR and pics from motorbiking in Israel are very seldom in www.

So I'm waiting for every new post in this thread!

Keep on!

With the best greatings from Germany
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:35 PM   #30
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Great report

Hi Eldad,
It is always warm to read reports from your own country...
it seems that you highly enjoyed the ride.
I am from the Golan hight and ride a lot. As an 4*4 owner I keep the off road for the Pajero.

Keep share you exellent reports with us.
Pls send your friend my best regards for fast recovery.
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