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Israel Ministry of Tourism Lets You Mountain Bike the Holy Land

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The Israel Ministry of Tourism has opened up the first 2.8 miles of the new 80-mile Sea of Galilee Mountain Bike Trail.

Opened last month in the Upper Galilee region, the first section stretches from Capernaum to the Arik Bridge and has several rest/picnic areas and unrestricted access to the sea’s beaches and nature reserves. Guides and mountain bike rentals are available.

When finished, the entire trail will bring cyclists through Tiberias, the Golan Heights, Ein Poriya, the Kineret, the Yardenit baptismal site on the River Jordan, Almagor, the Church of the Beatitudes, Mount Arbel and Kfar Hittim, and past Israel’s first hydroelectric plant at the southernmost tip of the Sea of Galilee. The trail is part of Israel’s $30 million plan to create more than 3,100 miles of bicycle paths over the next five years. More info on the trail plans and a much larger version of this map are here.

Via The Washington Times.

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