I didn’t go very far today but each step was excruciatingly painful because of the severe chafing. I’m going to take tomorrow off because of it, but I don’t think it will do much good. I need at least a week off. I’m not sure what I will do.
The highlight today was meeting five men from the city of Irbid. They decided to drive out into the country and have a picnic. They stopped their car and unloaded their supplies: unleavened bread, tahina, teapot, grill, tea glasses, tea, sugar, and diesel to start a fire with. As I walked by them they invited me to have tea with them. At this point the chafing was hurting so much they didn’t have to ask me twice. I was there for the next two hours laughing away the time. Other than having a great time, it gave me a chance to take my mind off the chafing.
I also got to visit the ruins of Pella which boasts 6000 years of continuous settlements. Due to being in a fertile valley in a watershed, it was inhabited from the Stone Age to the medieval Islamic times. All I could see were ruins from the Roman times. The local kids were using the main ruins as a field to play soccer on where the goal posts were the columns.
All my entries from hiking the Jordan Trail can be found here: Jordan Trail