I took this photo of Winston (not his real name) the morning of day 4. We woke up to him running around our camp in the dark, so excited to have us up and playing with him.
Day three began in the freezing cold. Israel may be a hot country, and we definitely spent our hiking days sweating, but at night, especially most of the way up the mountain, it got real cold.
Four nights, four days, and 90 kilometers. This is day one of our Yam l’Yam ים לים or Sea to Sea hike across Israel.
On October 12-14, we took a trip up north with our entire program. We spent time in the Golan Heights, and around the Sea of Galilee.
Thursday night, Career Israel organized a trip to Jerusalem to visit the Kotel (wailing wall) after midnight for Selichot.
We left around 6pm.
Yesterday was the first day of the Jewish new year, and things have been pretty busy the last few weeks.
I met Alon last week at Performance Rock, the rock climbing gym I have a membership to here in Tel Aviv. We connected both over climbing and also our love of cycling as a lifestyle.
Tonight he invited me to join him on a 40km route he devised that heads south through Yaffo and out of the city. There’s no good riding in the TLV metropolitan area, apparently, and even our ride tonight was entirely busy, multi-lane roads. It was also Alon’s first time on a road ride with someone else.
Despite the numerous close calls and angry drivers, we had a really good time and made it back unscathed before grabbing a beer and heading to his friend’s house to hang out on the roof for a bit.
All in all a really great night.