The Southern District & Eilat Mountains

Who

Avi, Yoav and Shneor

Where

Southern District

When

2-3 May , 2013

Photos

Shneor’s FaceBook
Avi’s Google+

The Track

Day One

Day Two

The Story

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…

One day from Shizafon Junction to Eilat and another day from Eilat back to where ever we get to in the north, hopefully around Ramon Crater/Mitzpe Ramon.

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

We finished the day around Be’er Ora and from there headed straight to Eilat to our zimer.

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.

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Friday, Muddy Friday.

Who

Matan, Yoav & Kerem

Where

From Kfar Tavor to Yavne’el

When

18 Jan , 2013

Photos

No photos this time, but check out the video.

The Story

Yoav and I went up north check out the trails around Kfar Tavor.
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Engine Break In – Some One Got To Do It

Who

Matan, & Yoav

Where

From Aderet to Ahuzam and back

When

07 Dec , 2012

The Story

This starts with a sad story: Yoav had his bike stolen.
The good news were that he was able to buy a new one shortly after, and it was time for the 1000 Km long engine break in.
Yoav and I took the chance to ride on some fast trails that are perfect for adding kilometers to the odometer.

Shishvil – Engine Break-in


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What goes up – must come down

Who

Aviv, MatanNati, Shneor & Yoav

Where

Kefeera Stream

When

02 Nov , 2012

Photos

Shneor’s Facebook
Matan’s Picasa

The Story

Since winter is just around the corner, the days become shorter and almost doesn’t exist if you like to wake up at noon – like me. So we planned to meet up early and ride near the center of Israel just so we can make it on time and get home before the sunset.
We were joined by a new/old member in our trip: Nati – the new member riding on Shira’s Transalp – a Shishvil veteran.

Shishvil – Kafeera Stream


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Shikma Stream

Who

Yoav, Ofer & Aviv

Where

Shikma Stream, From Pura nature reserve to Zikim Beach

When

12 Oct , 2012

Photos

Aviv’s FaceBook

The Story

We rode a part of the Shikma Stream in the past during our visits to the Pura nature reserve last winter. This time we decided to do it as a whole.
Starting from Pura reserve, north to Bet Kama junctions, we headed west to a hill in the area to look for the river route.
The whole route was from east to west, going downstream to the beach.
Pura nature reserve is a great place to visit during spring or winter due to the rich and colorful bloom in the area. This time we went at autumn, the area is dry and clear.

Ofer and Yoav ready to move

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The Incense Road

Who

Matan, Shneor & Yoav

Where

From Moa to Makhtesh Ramon

When

21 Sep , 2012

Photos

Matans Picasa
Shneors FaceBook

The Story

After riding in the Nabatean incense road from Avdat to Makhtesh Ramon, it was time to ride the part that leads from the Jordanian border to the makhtesh.

Shishvil – The incense road


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Yarkon River and Highway 6 Bike Trail

Who

Aviv, Matan & Shimi

Where

Yarkon river and highway 6 bike trail

When

14 Sep , 2012

Photos

Aviv’s FaceBook

The Story

Shimi joined Aviv and me for a short ride up north along highway 6.


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Just another August day. In the desert.

Who

Matan, & Yoav

Where

From Avdat to Mitzpe-Ramon

When

31 Aug, 2012

Photos

Matan’s Picasa

The Story

Yoav wanted to check out a part of the Nabaatean incense trade route. So we headed down do the ancient city of Avdat.

Shishvil-Avdat to Mitzpe Ramon


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Avi’s rough comeback

Who

Avi, & Matan

Where

From Rosh-Pina to Jish (Gush Halav)

When

24 Aug , 2012

Photos

Matan’s Picasa

The Story

After a long while, Avi got his bike and insurance in order and was able to go out on a ride. So we decided to challenge him by going up Rosh-Pina stream.

Shisvil-Afula to Jish (via Rosh-Pina)


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Defenders Forest

Who

Aviv, & Matan

Where

Ya’ar HaMaginim (The defenders forest)

When

03 Aug , 2012

Photos

Aviv’s FaceBook
Matan’s Picasa

The Story

We went to see the old Noratlas that is used as a monument for the paratroopers of the 317th brigade.

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