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.
I’ll 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.