Trekking the desert, on two wheels

Cycling through the Negev is an off-the-beaten-path way to get to know Israel, an adventure between hot and cold, arid space and flourishing valleys, war and peace.

By EVA LINDNER
April 24, 2014 12:54
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WITH FIVE days to spare and a sense of adventure, bike trails from Jerusalem to Eilat are becoming a popular trek.. (photo credit: EVA LINDNER)

 
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The Negev desert takes up 60 percent of Israel’s area, but contains only 10% of the nation’s population. The upside is that most of the land is empty, with wide vistas across the stony terrain.

With a good bike and some time, you can open up this desert, staring its challenges in the face and passing through dramatic contrasts of heat and cold, blooming fields and dusty roads, mountains and valleys, war and peace.

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