Wadi Rum and a blast from the past

The ride from Petra to Wadi Rum is fairly typical Jordan- enjoyable, but not particularly memorable.  By the time you get to the Wadi Rum ranger station though, the memories are coming fast and furious.

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (yeah, I think the rest are on the other side) was named after T.E. Lawrences book of the same name.

Just past Rum village the soft, red, sand starts. 

This lovely sand leads directly to my blast from the past (see last image on Photos up to July 4/09).

The riding was a bit of a hard slog for a while, then the sand firmed up a bit and I was able to head out with my gear and explore.

You’ll notice that the pics always have lots of tire tracks in the sand.  The place is crawling with Land Rovers giving tours and driving people out to stay with the Bedouin.  It can get a bit old after a while, especially since the drivers aren’t overly courteous and really don’t like seeing private vehicles out on the sand.  The cure is to ride just outside the park- the views are just as awesome, but the traffic is much lighter.

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