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05-30-2012, 06:17 PM
Its 2:10 AM local time. I am waiting for a Taxi to take me to meet an guy I have never met, at a gas station I have never been to, and drive 4 hours to another country for three days with a group of strangers who speak a language I don't speak, where its going to be over 100 degrees every day, in sand like Saudi Arabia (like because it may have blown in from there).

What could possibly go wrong! :cheers: I have enough Rising Sun t-shirts and stickers to barter my way out of anything!

More on Sunday... I hope. :eek:

05-30-2012, 07:33 PM

Have a GREAT time and be safe!!

05-30-2012, 09:31 PM
going to see (was it?) gramma? (whom ever it was that was learning the inet in her 90s, sorry, my memory sucks)

05-31-2012, 11:30 AM
sounds like a good time, be safe.

06-04-2012, 10:05 PM
Take lots of pictures -- sounds epic. Are you back yet?

06-06-2012, 08:48 AM
Shalom from Israel. I'm in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv. My grandmother moved here 8 years ago, and we just celebrated her 96th birthday. That's the most important thing. So I have to thank Grandma for the Jordan 4x4 adventure because even though I have been visiting Israel since my Aunt moved here in 1969, I have only visited every year since Grandma moved.

I don't know how to begin, and I hope I can do a slideshow, maybe up at Big Choice in a few weeks. "Jeeping" in Jordan was incredible. First, "jeeping" is the generic term here. Four-Wheeling or Off-Roading is not used. With the language differences already, I quickly gave up any idea of describing it any other way.

My host was my new friend Joy Biran. I met Joy though Scott Brady's Facebook page. Ironically, before I came to Israel and after Cruise Moab I went to message Joy and saw pictures of Vendor Night. Turns out that Joy was leading a group of Israelis the same time Cruise Moab was happening. Some of you met his group on Kane Creek the day the 60 axle broke.

Day 1: We met at 3AM at a gas station outside of Tel Aviv. Immediately a taxi stuck in the sand needed a strap. 3AM, Taxi, Sand, woman in shorts and rubber boots, area known for illicit activity. Hmmm. We towed and left. The adventure begins.

Iíll put some photos up now. Have to drive to an opening at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.

Our ride was a newer Nissan Patrol (say Pat-roll). Lots of LandCruisers in Jordan, not as many here. All the rigs in our group were set up a lot like we do in the States. Everyone has Waeco or Engle fridges.

06-06-2012, 03:04 PM
We aired down and got on the sand. We thought this first dune was big. We had no idea what was coming. After 15 years leading in Jordan, Joy knew.

Joy leading the driver's meeting.
Hiding Cruiser

06-06-2012, 03:05 PM
This was true off-road, cross country travel. The tracks blow away with the wind.

06-06-2012, 03:17 PM
Some is a lot like our Moab (to the north of this are the original Moab mountains), but the vast trackless desert, do we have this in the US?
Campsites and food were great too.

06-06-2012, 03:32 PM
Now some Toyotas:

And check out the Petrol/Benzine and Diesel station in the middle. This was rural Jordan. The other places we used had electric pumps. Here it was hand pumped from 55 gallon drums.

06-06-2012, 03:37 PM
Our Group had:

3 - LandCruiser 120's, stock, diesel
2 - Nissan Patrols - built
1 - Mitsubishi Pajero
1 - Jeep
1 - Isuzu Trooper - very good suspension

Only the Jeep and Trooper were petrol. <Insert Diesel envy here>

06-06-2012, 03:51 PM
Sweet, that looks super fun. Thanks for sharing pictures!!!

How hot is it there?

06-06-2012, 04:07 PM
Wow. Such beautiful landscape. What an epic adventure. Thanks for the pics. Ditto on the temp question. Somewhere in the 40s?

06-06-2012, 04:11 PM
I'm guessing 45-50c in the desert....

Rock Dog
06-06-2012, 06:08 PM
Thanks for sharing Daniel! those pictures are Great, what an awesome adventure!

06-06-2012, 08:04 PM
Amazing! Awesome pictures!

06-06-2012, 08:10 PM
Super cool pictures:thumb:

06-06-2012, 09:18 PM


06-07-2012, 03:28 AM
It never got past 38. In another few weeks it would be too hot to be there unless you were a Bedouin or a camel.

They love Colorado and Utah. Our toast at night was "Next year in Colorado." August 18th weekend Joy will have a group in Moab and as ridiculous as August in Moab is, I'll go.
Bedouin HiLux
Camp #2. Like Moab rocks but all sand all around.
My shoe print next to a camel track
Cruiser in town

06-07-2012, 03:36 AM
More Toyotas in town, then look out for camels, and more sand dunes.

In photo 2 the Patrol is part of our group and the Toyota is the truck behind it.

On that sand, we just drove. No roads. No tracks to follow.

06-07-2012, 03:47 AM
Then it was time to find a cooler spot for lunch, splash in some water and head back to Israel. We made it to the border 10 minutes before it closed. We had been delayed because one of the Landcruisers had a bad battery, so we went to the local Toyota dealer and got a new one - a wet cell they filled with acid on the spot. Jumped it and went.

We had Jordanian plates because you change them at the border. By treaty. Same why we had a Jordanian guide and Jordanian Tourist Policeman. They had a great time too.

Traded stickers too.

I took over 1000 photos and have some of the best in reserve.

I'll be home Saturday and ready for US adventures!

06-07-2012, 12:17 PM
Awesome pictures and story Daniel :thumb:

06-07-2012, 03:28 PM
Nice Camel Toe. :D

Caribou Sandstorm
06-07-2012, 06:43 PM
Wow, super cool!

06-07-2012, 09:21 PM
Daniel, that looks like a fantastic trip!! Welcome home and thanks for all the GREAT pic's.. Wow,,, what a time!! :thumb:

06-08-2012, 01:59 PM

06-08-2012, 02:12 PM
I don't know how to begin, and I hope I can do a slideshow, maybe up at Big Choice in a few weeks.

+1 for the slideshow. Would love to see more pics and hear more stories.

06-08-2012, 02:34 PM
Nice Camel Toe. :D


06-08-2012, 03:21 PM
Nice Camel Toe. :D

Better than moose knuckle.

06-10-2012, 10:58 PM
WOW Daniel! How do you top that?

06-11-2012, 07:38 AM
WOW Daniel! How do you top that?

You'll see ;)