In the last years I had the pleasure to meet some people that are doing very special travels in motorcycles, and it is always a pleasure to do so.
Second was Thiago Moreira Salles Costa, a Brazilian guy that began a world motorcycle trip with a friend under the title “Temet Nosce” (Know Yourself, in latin), and at some point got separated from his friend and continued the trip by himself, until the middle of the trip, in Western Africa, when he decided to return to Brazil. I met him in São Paulo, Brazil, after he returned.
But this is a special event, it is the first time I have the chance to travel for a full day with one of these guys.
Armin is 52 years old, and from the town of Krumbach, near Munich. He left home 2 weeks and 3 days ago, going south into Italy, and arrived last Wednesday to Israel. He is riding a BMW R1200 GS Adventure. This is how his motorcycle looks fully loaded for this trip:
Yesterday we met him in Tel Aviv in the morning, and travelled east with him.
We began from Mount Scopus, in Jerusalem, from where we could get a good view of the Judaea desert. From there, to the Mount of Olives for the great Panorama view of Jerusalem. On our way down from the Mount of Olives to Old Jerusalem, we stopped in a couple of significative churches.
Travelling to the Dead Sea, we couldn’t give up on stopping at the St. Georges Monastery, which is a monastery built in the mountain, placed in the area between Wadi Kelt and Jericho, and surely at the place in which we get to the sea level, ready to continue riding down to the dead sea, which is around 420 meters under sea level.
In summary it was a long and a very well spent Saturday, in which we had the pleasure to meet and ride with a very nice and interesting guy and exchange riding experiences from places we’ve been… and also show a little of our beautiful country to a visitor.
From Tel Aviv, Armin is continuing to the Dead Sea and from there to the South of the country, to the region of Eilat, where he is going to cross the border to Jordan, and from there to Egypt, his first destination in Africa. He is supposed to travel all East Africa until Mozambique and then South Africa, where he will do his next long stop before moving to South America.
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