Cycling the Sea of Galilee

Progressive Geographies

One of the things I did on my recent trip to Israel was to cycle round the Sea of Galilee. A cycle-path is being developed around much of this, but there are some parts where you need to use the main road, and in the north-east corner this takes you quite a way from the Sea itself. As soon as you are away from the shoreline it can ramp up quite a bit. The Sea is really a lake, the freshwater lake with the lowest elevation in the world – the Dead Sea to the south is lower, but of course isn’t freshwater. I hired a bike from a local hostel which was functional but not much beyond – the best of what they had. It was about 40 miles in total. I did this fairly early one morning, between 8-11am, to try to avoid the worst of the heat.

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