By tour leader Ingrid Reichard
The Petra challenge behind us we travelled south along the King’s Highway (Numbers 20:17) all the way to the port of Aqaba in Jordan, where we made the crossing to Eilat. The crossing was relatively smooth, though dragging our suitcases in the no-man’s land between Jordan and Israel in 30+ heat took a bit of energy.
A quick stop at an Eilat Stone factory and then we were off to our hotel.
The next day we started driving north from Eilat…well, there is only one way to go in Israel from Eilat and that is north. The distance from Dan to Eilat is about 450 km. We have covered it all.
We stopped at Timnah Park – an expansive mountain complex, featuring ancient copper mines, Egyptian temples, unusual geography, mountain biking and more.
We made it to our great hotel on the Dead Sea and hurried down to the beach. The first time your body pops out of the water when you let yourself go is quite surprising. There was one exclamation of “Wow” and “Oh!” after another. We soaked in the healing minerals for quite a while, our fingers did not get pruney, and we felt generally happy. Some of the European health care providers cover stays at the Dead Sea to treat various ailments such as skin diseases, joint pain/arthritis and even depression.