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Behind a primary school, "Graceful Torah", in El'ad, Rabbi Akiva Street on Raban Yohanan ben Zakai Street (guess what religion do they practice there?).
Bike from Monoson through Yehud, and than along the villages between highways 40 and 6, meet the Cross-Israel Hiking Trail and follow it to El'ad.
Drawing conclusions from the last few hashes, I've given up on trying to use my old GPS device. Turns out my mom's phone has one of it's own so I've taken her's and had a much easier time now that GPS readings weren't dependent on the good will of a nine years old device. These new smartphones have everything in them, maybe I need to get one for myself...
Anyway, after packing some snacks I've left home towards Yehud and leaving the city from it's other side to Magshimim and the other agricultural communities that are spread east to it between fields and plantations of different sorts: Be'erot Yitshak, Nofech and Mazor. Turns out that unlike my parents' concerns, the more dangerous part wasn't biking near the main roads but the raid inside the villages- no one here thinks he needs to have their dogs kept at their personal backyards, and that would have been fine if the dogs weren't so territorial and aggressive. A countless amount of dogs chased me along parts of the way, some nearly knocking me off the bikes (though to be fair, that happened mostly in Nofech, and there probably because I had some navigation mistakes and turns out I should have biked straight along the village's main road instead of through it's side roads like it seems I have).
After a very nice and calm raid in a weather that was optimal for biking (a few raindrops along the way were kind enough not to develop to actual rain), I crossed a rail line and changed ,my scenery to orchards and roads that were a little muddier than I expected (but it could have been much worse), had a small stop for pecans and a granola bar and than joined the Cross-Israel Hiking Trail and the bridge above Highway 6. A little more biking along the highway from it's other side, olive groves and I was finally in El'ad.
El'ad is a very orthodox, religious city, the kind where people gave surprised looks at me because the sight of a teenager with long hair and clothing that isn't just black and white is unusual by itself, even before he starts walking slowly with his eyes on his phone looking for a specific point that had nothing special in it and than taking pictures of the place. It's also built on a hill side so the last push before the hashpoint was a steep climb. And just to stay on the safe side, I kept my bicycle helmet on instead of a Yarmulke (I told myself to bring one last night, but forgot this morning). The hashpoint itself was in an inner yard between a few buildings and while I was looking for the exact spot a group of about eight little kids gathered around me (I think they were all brothers and sisters, but I'm not sure), and one asked me where am I going, to which I gave some hasty answer and quickly left the area before they will ask some additional questions. (Gash, my peoples skills are so rubbish sometimes. Why does talking with little kids have to panic me? I should have been super nice to them and have fun with some cover stories instead. Oh well, maybe next time I'll get over my fear of strangers.)
And than there was the way back, with a small stop in the olive grove for some more pecans and than deciding I'm still hungry but can't eat any more of these, getting chased by some more dogs and before I knew it I was back at the familiar streets of Yehud and at home for a lunch that was something other than pecans.
Overall that had been a great, though a little tiring geohash. Gave me an opportunity to see an area that is very close to my home from an unusual viewing point, meet a city and people that I don't usually meet and gain another experience to my growing list of hashes. According to Google maps, that was about 30 KM in an expedition that took three and a half hours.
|LinaK earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| LinaK earned the Bicycle geohash achievement