September 20, 2013
Wikiloc Map: El’ad to Ben Shemen Forest (Gimzo)
I decided this time I’d try something different for transportation, and bring the bicycle and ride the bike from the finish back to the car at the start. So I found a place to leave the bike at Ben Shemen forest and then drove to El’ad and parked the car.
The most interesting thing on the trail was right at the very beginning: the Mazor mausoleum. The mausoleum is Roman, 3rd century. It’s the only Roman era ruin in Israel still standing from foundation to roof. Who it was created for is unknown.
After the mausoleum the trail parallels highway 6 most of the rest of the way to Ben Shemen, crossing the highway twice. There’s a little variety, but not a lot. Some of it was spent walking through forest, much through exposed areas, including agricultural areas. It goes through an industrial park with a large Teva factory. Towards the end the trail goes through Tel Hadid, which is a 2,800 year old farmhouse, but there wasn’t a lot left to see.
At the end, at the Ben Shemen Forest parking lot, there was a cart selling coffee. I enjoyed a cafe hafuch before hopping on the bike to ride the ten miles back to where I left the car at El’Ad.
“El’ad to Ben Shemen forest http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=5281135”
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(Israel Trail Day 20)