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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Oct 17, 2016
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
Start: Nahal Moak
End: Near Zofar
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 20.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 285
Journal Visits: 22,863
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INT Day 32 - Noam, Take 2

I fell asleep at 6:45, Noam at 5:45. We woke at 5:30. No shortage of sleep
out here with the short daylight hours. It was another stellar day. It's
just so damn beautiful in the Negev. You wouldn't think given how little
green there is but the Negev is great. Very rugged, lots of different
colors from minerals and lava, the occasion stand of Acacia trees, amazing
views and lots of peace and quiet. Today was no different. We had a couple
of steep and rugged climbs and descents but we made good time and plowed
through 24k pretty quick. On the way we ran into 4 hikers, although only
one was hiking the entire INT. We also ran into a school group of over 100
kids probably. And the nearest campsite to us this morning had like 50 kids
camped there, glad we didn't make it there! Other than that though, there's
no one and not much out here.

The only annoying thing has been the flies, I'm not sure I've properly
complained about them yet. They've been hitching rides on our backpacks for
miles it seems, dozens of them at a time. They buzz around my head and at
break they can be really annoying. At night they go away and then they are
up and at em when I'm hiking in the morning.

We walked into the village of Sapir, just a few minutes off trail and
relaxed at the little grocery. I could only find a large bottle of coke
zero which was a bit disappointing, but did find these great pizza pockets
with the fresh baked goods that were delicious. Noam was catching a bus
back to Tel Aviv and I tried to no avail to convince him to skip work and
hike to Eilat with me! Oh, well. I'm back on my own to the finish in about
a week.

I walked out at about 3 and cruised for 2 hours on dirt road. I've got a
fair bit of easy dirt road hiking for a while it seems but I still think
pretty scenic. It was easy walking although highway 90 which spans the
entire country was only about a mile to the east. A mile seems like a long
way but when it's flat between you and the highway, noise travels really
far. Plus there's something about night where it gets even louder, maybe
the cooler air transmits noise better. I wanted to camp behind a ridge but
everything was east/west running which doesn't really help. Hopefully it
will be a reasonably quiet night, right now it's fine. The Jordanian
mountains are just visible to the east, not too far away but fairly
obscure. I think maybe the desert dirt and sand gets stirred up by the
wind. I can't imagine it's smog, there isn't much out here.

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Israel National Trail

The 620 mile Israel National Trail stretches from the waters of the Red Sea to the Israel-Lebanon frontier that offers a chance to discover Israel's people, history and culture on the country's less-traveled paths. Learn more:


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