Day 337: It was time to leave Amman, so Patrick picked me up from the hotel and drove to the embassy.
I met the military attache whom I know from my stay 3 years ago. We talked about my plans and when Partick´s wife came they invited me to lunch.
After I finally got out of the city the terrain was very hilly and when a guy with a pickup truck offered to give me a ride I happily accepted. They drove me about 25 km to Jarash.
Jarash was a old Roman city and they still have a very impressive archeological site. But I saw it three years ago so I was not eager to go in. Instead I cycled on. After a few steep climbs it was getting late and I found a hotel with a camping ground. They wanted to charge me almost 11 € for the night so I decided to camp in the wild.
Day 338: In the morning I had to climb some more hills but then I reached the highest point and descended into the Jordan valley. At about -200m I had to go another 20 km to the border crossing.
The exit procedure on the Jordanian side was fairly quick. I had to pay 10€ exit tax (so the visa was not totally free) but then it was not possible to cycle to the Israeli side. For about 500m I had to take a bus.
On the other side they scanned all my luggage an also wanted to look in almost every bag. After 30 minutes I thought I was done but an immigration officer asked me so many questions that it took another 2 hours till I was finally approved to enter Israel.
My plan was to go 20-30 km to Sea of Galilee but because of the unexpected delay it was getting dark. About five km from the border I found a place to camp.
Day 339: The next day I cycled 40 km to Ein Gev, a kibutz on the east side of Sea of Galilee. I bought some groceries in a store and just north of the kibutz there was a nice official beach where I stayed for the next three nights.
Day 340-341: The next days I just relaxed, read a book and enjoyed the beautiful weather. They had even showers and toilets at the beach and I was very suprized when the water was hot.
I also meet a German cyclist who made it from Germany to Singapore and we shared some experiences.
Day 337: 33,58 km all: 10.694 km
Day 338: 73,24 km all: 10.767 km
Day 339: 44,05 km all: 10.811 km