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Motorised bike Friday


Not too far from where Jesus was baptised (maybe 6 kms?), there is the town of Jericho. Yes, that one. To the west of Jericho is the Mount of Temptation; all of this, still in the Jordan valley. On the Mount of Temptation there is a Greek Orthodox monastry, built over the cave where Jesus fasted for 40 days, before being tempted by Satan. The monastry is the Deir al-Quruntal, a name that points to the 40 days. In English it is the Monastry of Temptation.


We hiked up the mountain, following a little path, to get to this monastry, which is almost halfway up the 350m (above sea level) high mountain. Remember that the Jordan river is below sea level. This picture was taken at a vending point along the way. The houses to the left is the outskirts of Jericho and the erosion gully on the right is referred to as a wadi.


The vending point is also a rest point, when hiking. At this point, I want to point out, that I am going for my annual mountain holiday. I will be away for a week, so I will look you up, just after Easter sometimes.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Mar 2016, 03:56
I believe that venerable steed has served its humans well, Louis.

Did you see anyone named Joshua with a big hammer in these parts?
Louis: The humans rewarded it with new tyres. I have met Joshi (affectionate for Joshua) with a water bottle.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Mar 2016, 04:57
Fabulous picture. Love the shadows and that bike is worth taking a second look. I hope it serves the driver for another few years.
Have a great Holiday, don't forget the camera wink
Louis: Thank you, Astrid, and I remembered the camera.
A sister bike to my first one Louis...Enjoy your break!
Louis: On the day you show that bike, I thought about picture, which was still coming up, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Mar 2016, 06:47
Fascinating indeed Louis.

Have a good time in the mountains
Louis: Thank you Chris, we had a great time
The more I look, the more I see in this image, Louis. One definitely knows we aren't in Hollandshire here!

Enjoy your holiday and come back with a boatload of new images!
Louis: Definitely not Dutchland. This here is desert country, of which you will some more, soon, Ginnie.
My ears have always loved the word (name) Jerico. Have a great Easter Holiday. It is March Break here next week too, A lot of the island will be away.
Louis: That name is made for songs. Thanks Mary, we had a great old time.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Mar 2016, 07:54
Haha - omnia mea mecum porto - a fine observation!
Louis: He does carry a lot with him on that bike. Thanks Philine.
Were you tempted by Satan's vending machine Louis?
Louis: Being human, I get tempted, of course, gutteridge.
A well used and I guess practical little machine.
Louis: Even if it don't think it uses a lot of fuel, it is still an expense and sales need to be up there.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 18 Mar 2016, 10:32
That's the spirit Louis
Louis: Following good examples, I am, Richard.
These little mopeds are a great cheap form of transport.
Louis: They do endure a lot, yes, Bill.
I hope you continue to enjoy your trip through history.
Louis: Thank you Larry. Getting the facts together for presentation, is as good as another trip.
Looks like a rather primitive stand!
Louis: They don't invest a lot in the premises for running a business, Tom.
fine shot, Louis. i like the black and white high contrast approach in this scene. i bet this vehicle can go a long while with just a thimble full of fuel. enjoy yourself on the mountains.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. It was a great breakaway.

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