If you looked over the Golan Heights day ride, then you'll know that I live in the Northern most part of Israel and I'm exploring Eretz Israel for the first time on my new Yamaha weeTEN- 660XTZ, motorcycle. *********** I have not posted to this thread since 10/2013**************** If you are interested to see photos of the Golan Heights, near my home, please take a look at this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=772390&highlight=golan+heights This weekend, I made a 300km round trip to spend Shabbat with my friends in Modiin. Modiin is a large suburb between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I started out on a very cool and rainy Friday morning, (45F- light rain). The country is green from all the winter rains. and 45km away there is snow on Mt. Hermon. The Sea of Galilee and the Mt. Arbel area were obscured by the rain, so on the way back, I snapped some pix of both areas... Sea of Galilee and Mt. Arbel Mt. Arbel On the highway that connects Modiin to Jerusalem, there is a War for Independence (1949) memorial to the Israeli Air Force Pilots. A wing of one the downed planes, sits beside the roadway, as a poignant reminder to the commuters, never to forget the sacrifices that were made... On the way back home, I stopped by the estate grounds of Baron Edmund de Rothschild. He was a great benefactor to the Jewish settlers in the 1920's and his land has been turned into a memorial garden, South of Mt. Carmel. You can just make out the Mediterranean Sea in the background. I stopped for a water break and discovered this huge moth clinging to a walkway wall. Note the 1/2 shekel piece which is the size of a US 1/2 dollar coin. I passed over the Jordan river late in the afternoon and snapped a couple photos of one of the world's most celebrated rivers... This area of the Jordan river is flowing into the Sea of Galilee on the Northern end of the lake That's it for this weekend, I'll add more ride photos, as time permits. Shalom y'all!