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Finished hiking the Jordan Trail: I am a broken man

I feel like a broken man. The sun has bleached me both physically and emotionally. I woke up this morning and stared at the ceiling for a couple of hours in a vegetative state. I watched television for another 4 hours. My feet hurt, my toes don’t bend correctly, my knees ache, my back is sore, […]

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At the Red Sea

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 40 – Titen to Aqaba  (17 miles)

After a very comfortable and restful night I felt considerably better in the morning. With the prospects of finishing the Jordan Trail today I was motivated enough to be on the trail at dawn. Today’s hike was long, difficult, and broiling hot. It started out with a good morning climb over a trail-less mountain of […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 39 – Mohammed Mutlak Camp to Titen  (17 miles)

I had a pretty rough night. Stomach cramps woke me up sometime after midnight. Several trips to the bathroom assured that I didn’t get much sleep. I got up at my usual time of 5 a.m. and seriously considered staying at the camp another day in hopes of getting better. The thought of another day sitting around in […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 38 – Rest day in Mohammed Mutlak Camp

Today was a much needed recovery day, the first in 8 days and the last one of the trip. Only 4 more hiking days! It was also a foot recovery day. Yesterday I was so tired of emptying sand from my shoes I said the heck with it and hiked with my shoes full of sand. […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 37 – Shakriya to the Mohammed Mutlak Camp (14 miles)

My plan today was to hike a short 6 miles from Shakriya to Rum Village and get a room at the Rest House there. Since the entire way would be on a paved road, not only would it be short but it would be easy. I looked forward to sleeping on a real bed, something […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 36 – New Humiema to Shakriya (18 miles)

It was a long but easy day as I made the transition into the Wadi Rum landscape, the stomping grounds of Lawrence of Arabia. Flat, unimpressive desert dominated the first 6 or 7 miles of the day, then increasingly large sandstone outcroppings begin dominating the landscape. As I made my way towards Shakriya, undulating orange […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 35 – Wadi Aheimar to New Humiema (14 miles)

Today was a continuation of hiking up Wadi Aheimar. As I continued up this awesome wadi the walls on either side came closer and closer together – sometimes only 6 feet apart. Not only that, according to my topo map, they towered straight up to heights of 600 feet. Never have I seen anything like […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 34 – 7 miles before Wadi Aheimar to 7 miles before Abbasiya (14 miles)

Tonight I found a lovely campsite in a small wadi off of Wadi Aheimar. That’s what I thought last night until a sandstorm picked up in the middle of the night and covered everything in a layer of fine dust. Tonight I’ll put away as much stuff as possible so it will be much easier to clean everything […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 33 – Wadi al-Saif to Wadi Aheimar (7 miles)

The short several miles to Wadi Gseib went by easily along a dirt track in the siq. As I headed toward Wadi Aheimar things slowed WAY down. As I walked along the wadi, I somehow picked up 6 stray sheep. They followed me and wouldn’t leave sight of me. This went on for a half […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 32 – Wadi Maa’ Mriebed to Wadi al-Saif (9 miles)

Not much to report today. I started out hiking in a spectacular wadi. The usual beautiful, multicolored sandstone with its almost infinite variations of size, shape, and patterns were the norm. I thoroughly enjoyed walking this wadi since it was relatively easy and had a trail. After several hours the wadi opened up into unimpressive […]

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Wadi in Jordan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 31 – Petra to Gaa’ Mriebed (13 miles)

I got to Petra at about the same time as the sun rose, just like hundreds of other tourists. I sat on a bench watching the light flood the wadi and the Nabataean city come alive. The Treasury and surrounding buildings were awash with vibrant colors while the shadows accentuated their magnificence. After I spent […]

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The Treasury, the most famous landmark in Petra.

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 30 – Little Petra to Petra (8 miles)

I had a lovely day today, a day I had been looking forward to for quite some time – hiking into Petra from the ‘back door.’ It started out with clouds and rain. I was really bummed because the beauty of today’s hike was seeing the marvelous monastery, temples, and other buildings the Nabataeans carved […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 29 – Rest day in Wadi Musa

I hope my blisters heal. Nothing else to write about.

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 28 – Chore day in Wadi Musa

There were two chores I had to get done today: renew my visa which expired 2 days ago, and do a food and water drop. I heard horror stories of others when they went to get their visas renewed. Stories of two and a half hours of process times seemed the norm. When I arrived […]

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Wadi Musa

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 27 – Zero Day in Wadi Musa

Today was a much needed rest day, mostly for my poor feet. My only goals for the day were to get my clothes washed and to renew my visa which expired yesterday. I did real good on the clothes washing. They actually had a semi-functional washing machine and a nice place in the sun to […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 26 – Ras al-Feid to Little Petra (14 miles)

“Win Petra Nous (Where is Little Petra)?” I asked. I was lost and really had no idea how to get back on the track I was supposed to be on. The scenery was so magical I was mesmerized by its beauty. The track seemed rather obvious so I didn’t bother looking at my GPS. Time […]

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