The first day started off with a three hour camel ride in Lawrence’s old stomping grounds, Wadi Rum. Yes, camel riding is the iconic Middle Eastern experience (not to mention Lawrence’s preferred method of transportation) but believe you me, we could have lived without the angry, farting camels and all the leg and back pain associated with being perched atop them for three hours.
Work to re-invent the Jordans’s Shaumari wildlife reserve as a premiere eco-tourism destination for camping and safari, as well as a breeding center endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx, is set to start after Eid Al Fitr (the Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan).
Signing-up for the inaugural Back Roads Bicycle tour of Jordan with the adventure company Explore, Times Online journalist Vincent Crump describes his 280-mile journey through Jordan. A two-wheeled epic adventure from Amman to Aqaba through the Great Rift Valley that included: