2-3 May , 2013
The summer is just around the corner and the Shishvil group thought it would be a good idea, or even great, to go to the Southern district for the last time before it will get really hot as kilns.
The plan was very simple, two days in the south…
We meet “early” Thursday morning and head to the southern district. We rode straight to Shizafon Junction and there we did our last preparations to get into the wild and start offroading.
After a few minutes of riding we meet a huge and very impressive sand dune (Ksui Sands). We took some shoots and continued.
On the way we went through Mikdash Ha’Nemerim (The Tigers Temple).
We rode through some more nice and interesting sites like this well.
We continued as planed and saw the amazing views of the Negev.
The things got interesting when we saw this little sign in the middle of the track.
We decided to take the bicycle lane and to have a bit more challenging ride and nicer view.
We ride very slowly as the track was a narrow single.
There were no special issues until we saw another sign that say “caution” ahead.
After a short examination we decided that it is not too difficult to pass this part and we moved on with the single going downwards.
There were a few tight rounds on the way but nothing really impossible.
The single track got interesting when we saw a sign that say “Pike up your bike on your shoulders” (Unfortunately, No photo here).
I don’t know when the last time you picked up an Adventure 990 on your shoulders, but we understood it is going to be tough.
Well… We thought about this for quit a long time. The alternative was going back the tight rounds but going up.
We decided to continue after checking the track and the alternative(s).
One by one we ride the bikes through the tight bicycle single, engines were off and everyone supported one each other.
The hour was already late. We all were very tired and the heating ground did not help us.
The first to “surrender” was Shneor (me). I felt dehydrated and very weak. I got into one of the crack in the ground and found some shadow.
Soon Avi and Yoav joined me for a rest
After a good rest, eating and drinking, we kept on with the original track for the day.
God’s Finger in “Atak” canyon
The second day, Friday, started very late after a long and good night sleep.
We went through Eilat Mountains heading north.
We saw a lot of Rock Hyrax like in this photo
And nice views
It became late and hot again so we decided to go straight to Ramon Crater via the road.
At the crater we looked for a nice spot to eat lunch and drink some tea. We found this huge pipe which is an old Phosphate oven.
After a good rest we headed north and to our homes.