Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 2 – Ziglab to Pella (8 miles)

Roman ruins of Pella

The ancient Roman ruins of Pella. This was the civic center and was used for entertainment.

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.

newfound Jordanian friends

These 5 men from Irbid invited me to join them for tea.

All my entries from hiking the Jordan Trail can be found here: Jordan Trail

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One Response to Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 2 – Ziglab to Pella (8 miles)

  1. Hadija March 6, 2017 at 2:07 am #

    The Jordan Trail gives you miracles when you need something! Sounds as though you had a much needed really relaxing time with good company. Your feet will heal, and you’ll be adjusted to everything and doing longer days again to catch up time. I remember Leon McCarron also had rain at the beginning – so much he had to make a long detour to get round a raging river. I’m already enjoying your history snippets as something I had little information about and really regretted. The trail so rich in evidence of past lives.

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