Well it’s been a little while since I’ve last wrote a blog. Really haven’t been out much, but I did go to a couple neat places and am still surprised by how Jordan can be so beautiful time to time. What is constantly on my mind though is this upcoming journey. I have 11 days left till I get on that glorious airplane that will take me state side so I can rush, rush, rush and start south. I would be lying though if I didn’t say I am overwhelmed. I’ve had 4 months of basically nothing to get everything prepared and I find myself scrambling now with less than two weeks trying to figure everything out that I’m going to need for the next 9-12 months.
First things first though, I have to just say how much I love my new “transportation”. I ended up buying an OneWheel. It’s kinda like a hoverboard but more like a skateboard/snowboard and helps fill the void inside me from the lack of kiteboarding. It really carves like you are in powder and will hit 20 MPH and do about 7 miles before a recharge. I was on the fence about buying it while I was still in Jordan but in the end decided to do it and went through the extra process of finding a way to get it here. Safe to say it has kept me sane this last month and it is totally on the list of things Melissa needs to bring with her to Bolivia so I can keep riding it when we get the Niva.
If you end up in Jordan, I would highly recommend checking out the Ma’in Hot Springs. Yes it is a little more expensive than the spa we go to at the Dead Sea but all the water is natural hot springs and it is so unique. It’s about a 90 minute drive from Amman and the scenery getting there was worth the drive just in itself. Apparently these hot springs are in the bible where King Herod used to frequently visit. And how cool is it to be under a waterfall where the water is hot. Well worth the money.
I also got to visit the Kerak Castle which a scene from the movie Kingdom of Heaven. Not quite looking like what I saw in the movie, it is located in al-Karak, and is a Crusader castle. Built in the early 1100’s on top of a large hill, it has seen many sieges with the last one being mid 1800’s. What I love about most of the sites here in Jordan is that you can basically go anywhere and touch all you like. Of course I had to bring my OneWheel which might have been not the best idea since it weighs 35lbs. But I do now get to say I’ve rode in a castle so I guess it was worth it. It’s amazing that a good majority of the castle still is undiscovered. I’d be digging everything up.
Not much else to report. I did find a cool market in downtown Amman which was surprisingly clean and with fantastic produce. Much better quality than I would expect from a market like that or from a country which is mostly desert. Also apparently you can buy baby chicks in whatever color you want. We also found some ruins off the beaten path which was interesting. Of course I had to climb everything. Apparently there is a rumor that they found 1000 kg’s of gold in the fort and if I had more time here I think I’d do a little digging myself.
Well in 3 short weeks I’ll be officially starting my way south ready or not. A lot of things like insurance/paperwork and whatnot I can’t do till I get back home. Minnesota just got a foot of snow so it’s decided that I will trailer my bike down to El Paso and then jump on two wheels. I don’t mind though, might stop in Colorado and do a little snowboarding in route. My little iPhone countdown says I have 11 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes, and 30 seconds till I get on the plane to get out of here. Can’t wait!