Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hod-HaSharon, 25min from Tel-Aviv, ISAREL
Bikes: Niner EMD , carbon rigid fork
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a. The main roads from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem are highways, which are a danger to cyclists (and not fun anyway). In addition, it is illegal to cycle on Road No. 1. Your routes can be:
1) Tel-Aviv --> Ramla --> Nachshon junct. --> Eshtaol junc. --> Tzuba --> Ein Karem --> Jerusalem. The climb to Tzuba is very steep, but very scenic, and there's a great restaurant for lunch at Eshtaol junc. ("Tavlin", turn left 100m after you headed east from the junction)
2) Tel-Aviv --> Ramla --> Nachshon junct. --> Eshtaol junc. --> Beit-Shemesh --> Nes-Harim --> Ein Karem --> Jerusalem. A nice place to stop for lunch (and even to camp) is a small retaurant just after Nes Harim.
b. The road from the southern tip of the dead sea to Eilat is extremely boring and dangerous for cyclists. It's worth doing the effort of climbing to Dimona, or to Jeruham, then ride to Sde-Boker --> Mitzpe-Ramon --> Shizafon --> Ovda / Sayarim --> Eilat. This route is much more scenic, and less hot then the main route to Eilat.
Beware - these are desert routes, with few places to get water and food, and big temperature difference betwin day and night.
Bonus: There's a nice bicycle festival on the dead sea, Nov 15th, at the hotels area close to Zohar junct. (http://ezharim.co.il/desert08/
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