Come see Israel!

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by MadMax, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    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.

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    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.
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    and 45km away there is snow on Mt. Hermon.
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    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
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    Mt. Arbel
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.
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    I passed over the Jordan river late in the afternoon and snapped a couple photos of one of the world's most celebrated rivers...
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    This area of the Jordan river is flowing into the Sea of Galilee on the Northern end of the lake
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    That's it for this weekend, I'll add more ride photos, as time permits. Shalom y'all!
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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Thanks for the ride.
    Think having a sidecar there would be the thing for me. Someone could point out places & where events took place as we
    motor about.
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  3. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Cool!
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  4. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    Once again I get to see a part of the world I will never get to visit through the eyes of a fellow motorcyclist. Thanks for taking me along for the ride!
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  5. BykBoy

    BykBoy Meshuganeh

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    Cool pics.

    If you go to Nes Harim, stop by my by Mevo Beitar and tell my parents I said Hello.:wink:
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  6. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    God Bless Israel! Keep it coming.
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  7. whistlepig

    whistlepig Adventurer

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    Thanks for the RR and especially the pics. Looking forward to more.
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  8. steyr_scout308

    steyr_scout308 Adventurer

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    I'm in, Subscribed.
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  9. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Very cool. I would love to ride there too.
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  10. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    I'm glad you enjoyed the pix, "Wolf, Peach, Dad, Boy, Kid, Pig, Scout, and Thomas". :clap
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  11. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    I'm in!! Awesome photos! I have always wanted to go to Israel...so much history, so much beauty. :D
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  12. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Wonderful, thanks!:D
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  13. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Today was a windy day which blew some of the haze and clouds out of the Golan Heights. Consequently, the views of Mt. Hermon were fantastic. Mt. Hermon is the tallest peak in Israel's territory, and it separates Lebanon and Syria from Israel.
    Some believe that Abraham's sacrifice to G_d and his subsequent dream of inheriting Eretz Israel occurred on Mt. Hermon, (see Genesis 15:9).


    Mt. Hermon from Merom Golan
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    I stopped in a field, to take a timer shot of the bike, me, and Mt. Hermon
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    As you can see, the Golan is a high plain, that sits at the foot of the mountains. Below it is the Sea of Galilee, and the Hula Valley, which both sit below Sea level. Consequently, the areas pictured, that get snow, don't have very high elevations. In Israel, areas that are only about 3-4,000 ft. high get snow.
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    As I passed by a small forest of pines, I spotted this Stork hunting for food in the swampy conditions that the wet winter has produced.
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    You can see in the foreground, the water in the grass. The ground is saturated around the Golan, and in many places, the water has created swamps.
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    Thanks for tuning in, I'll be back later with more explorations of the Holyland!
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  14. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Today I took the weeTen into the Haifa Yamaha dealer for the 600 mi. initial service. After the 660XTZ received some fresh MOTUL "blood", I planned to ride North along the Mediterranean coast to the Lebanon border. Then I'd turn East and head for home. The weather was nice, about 70F and fairly clear.




    At the shop, I drooled over this Kawasaki W800. But, alas, it is not made for big, corn fed boys like me!
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    The coastline was gorgeous today. That turn of the coast with the antenna, is the Northern border of Israel.
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    The Northern coastline varies from sand dunes to tidepool rock formations
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    Grotto area
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    This is a small country, and I made it to the border in about 40 minutes from the outskirts of Haifa
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    This is a shot of the coastline from the Lebanon border, looking South towards Akko/Haifa
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    I turned inland, (East) and took a road that hugs the Lebanon border
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    It is a mountainous road, and sometimes it looked like I was in Oregon!
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    Cool Cave
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    Pretty flowers abound at this time of the year
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    Dirt road leading to the Palmach trail, which was a branch of the Independence Army.
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    Lookout post
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    View from the Lookout post. A subsequent review of the history of this trail: It was used by the Palmach brigade during the War for Independence-1948. The trail is now part of the Israel National Trail that runs the length of the country.
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    Thanks for coming along for the ride. I'll continue to update this thread as I travel around Israel. Shalom!
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  15. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    Great stuff thank you for sharing.
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  16. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing MadMax!:thumb
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  17. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Today, I explored the Golan Heights battlefields. Israel has been the scene of many wars over thousands of years. The most recent one in the Golan Heights, was the Yom Kippur war of 1973. Many of the memorial sites in the Golan, are from that war. The battlefield sites are spread out all across the Golan, and it is hard to drive anywhere and NOT notice the ruins of war. These ruins of war are a part of life here. It is not pretty, but there is no denying that it is fascinating to explore...




    My road of choice on the weeTEN. It is exceedingly competent and comfortable as a dirt road traveler.
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    The Golan Heights is a huge, high plain rising up from the East side of the Sea of Galilee. In many places, it still has barbed wire fences and land mine postings.
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    But, most of the war ruins are far removed from inhabited areas, and are mostly in agricultural regions. The border with Syria is closely monitored by the U.N. Here is a lonely looking outpost.
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    You can see Syria, beyond the U.N. outpost
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    This is what the border fence looks like
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    There were lots of Birds of Prey nesting in the trees along the road, and unfortunately, I disturbed them
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    The rains have put the shell craters to good use for the cattle and critters
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    There is an active IDF base atop this volcanic dome, and below it a strip mine operation
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    A couple of closer views
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    A view of the volcanic rock products being mined
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    The Golan Heights from atop the volcanic dome
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    A strange roadside sculpture
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    Fortunately, now, the Golan Heights is a very peaceful region of Israel. So peaceful that a nap in the sun is possible!
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    Can you see the hooded crow on the back of the roan horse? The crow had a beak full of horse hair! I saw it pull the horse's mane. I've seen cattle egrets on horse back, but never a crow. Guess the horse needed a trim.
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    This creek had many singing frogs in it. It is wonderful to live in an area where the only sounds you hear are from nature.
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    A riot of color
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    A "TEL" is a hill in Hebrew. I turned into this bunker site that overlooks Syria.
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    An Artillery piece "guarding" the Tel's entrance. Did you note the one dimensional "soldiers" on the hill?
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    The Tel's heavily guarded ridgetop fortifications
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    The parapet walk on top of the bunker installation
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    Examples show how it once looked
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    Inside a bunker tunnel
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    Only cattle in the killing fields, below
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    Amongst the war ruins, there are gorgeous places in the Golan
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    A local sunbather
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    The Golan Heights of today is a peaceful, rural, community. This is an Artist's village in the Golan Heights
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    Thanks for sharing the exploration of these military ruins. Let's pray for the peace of Jerusalem! I'll be back with another ride report, soon!
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  18. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    Cool shots!

    Not exactly what I expected Israel to look like.

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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  19. Rider John

    Rider John Adventurer

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    Thank you for sharing MadMax, Israel is a beautiful country that I would really like to visit. Oh, and by the way, that is a really nice bike you have there!
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  20. terrimac

    terrimac n00b

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    Did you ship your bike over?
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