Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 7 – Khirbet al-Souq to King Talal Dam (7 miles)

Jordanian shopkeeper

Shop owner and tea drinking buddy in Burma

Today was a very short, very easy day. After 10 hours in the tent, I had to get out. First light was around 5 a.m. so I got an early start. Even with walking slowly through the Jordanian countryside and taking a long break in Burma, I arrived at my destination by 1:30 p.m. I was tempted to go on but it was another ten miles to the next place I knew I could camp. I didn’t want to take a chance on being caught in the dark so I hung out until 6, then set up camp. Fortunately two kids in their late teens or early twenties kept me entertained for several hours. They were on their way back to Burma and stopped where I was to smoke she-sha.

Today was – you guessed it – another day of country roads, woods, olive groves, and shepherds tending their sheep on the hillsides.

After cresting the hill from where I camped last night I looked down at the wadi (canyon) I had to cross. I had a steep, steep decent through the village of Burma, then a climb up the other side where I’m camped tonight.

Jordanian countryside olive groves

Typical Jordanian countryside filled with olive groves


Burma Jordan

The town of Burma, where I spent a few delightful hours drinking tea and smoking sheesha


Wadi in Jordan

My final challenge of the day – to cross this wadi (canyon)

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2 Responses to Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 7 – Khirbet al-Souq to King Talal Dam (7 miles)

  1. Hadija March 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Your camp site looked lovely in the olive grove and very happy you had a friendly reception in Burma. I too finished some days around 2pm but in the end was glad to have chosen the restful option rather than trying to do more.

  2. Vix March 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m in Burma right now… a very different Burma, but I’m looking forward to visiting the Jordanian one too!

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