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Old 10-10-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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Two day Enduro Ride in the Israeli High desert

The desert becomes bearable in October, in particular in the High Desert, in the area of the Ramon Crater and Sde Boker, the desert Kibutz where Ben Gurion spent his latter years. We used GPS tracks we got from bicycle riders. It turned out to be a bit of a challenge when we reached gullies and small cliffs that they had climbed on foot.
The Negev desert is about 50% of the total area of Israel. You can ride there hundreds of times with hardly any repetition. The only limited areas are in National Parks where you can only ride on marked tracks. You also have to do it on the weekend because many areas are used for army training. You don't want to be mistaken for a target...




Looking for a way out...





The Ramon Crater was formed by erosion, so I guess it's not strictly speaking, a crater. It sure is pretty though...In the distance, the town of Mitzpe Ramon.




We had many a consultation with the map, to circumvent places the bicycle lunatics had done on foot. A good word to Oruxmaps for android. It's free and if you can lay your hands on tiff files of topographic maps, it's an excellent tool.


This is me thinking "40 more kilometers of this and you can skewer me and call me Shish Kebab"




Our fearless leader was also the guy with the video camera, so he turned it backwards. Makes for an interesting perspective. You'll have to excuse the Hebrew soundtrack, but take my word for it, it's a desert ballad.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:04 AM   #2
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Looks like Utah..Thanks for posting most pics I have seen of Isreal are in the cities.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Now that is the high desert for sure. Great pics!
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the report

Lots of beautiful country and nice photos. I'm not good enough to ride with you guys but it was nice pretending as I read your report.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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Great ride report ROG, rugged country and I can see why the military would love game there.

May I ask, since your license in on your person, is your bike licensed or is the rider licensed? I am meaning one license for the rider , more than one bike can be legally used with same license?

Here I must license each bike , so one rider, 3 bikes,all licensed. NOT GOOD.

Thanks again, gale
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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Great ride report ROG, rugged country and I can see why the military would love game there.

May I ask, since your license in on your person, is your bike licensed or is the rider licensed? I am meaning one license for the rider , more than one bike can be legally used with same license?

Here I must license each bike , so one rider, 3 bikes,all licensed. NOT GOOD.

Thanks again, gale
No, nothing like that. All bikes in Israel must be licensed and are theoretically street legal. We carry the numbers on our backpacks because they wouldn't survive in their normal place. The police don't fuss about it as long as we're off road. When we do use a short bit of pavement, they'll also generally leave us alone. They know we're 99% off road.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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Ahhh... It's been too long since I've seen one of your ride reports. Wish I was there my friend.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:43 PM   #8
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Rog;
Are those your actual License plates on the backpacks?
Are they metal?
Those are bigger than car plates in the US.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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some of us use the actual plates and others fashion them out of plastic with a sticker. Personally I'm too lazy. I'd have to be very flexible to be hurt by it in a fall...
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