Jabal shams to wadi Ghul.
We spent the morning exploring the top plateau at Jabal Shams, saying hi to goats and the french couple we met the yesterday.
On the ‘rim hike’ yesterday, we had noticed an oasis at the bottom of the canyon. Today our goal was to ride down from the plateau to the beginning of that a’nakhr canyon to go visit the oasis the day after.
The steep downhill grades descending the plateau were hard on our brakes and we often stopped to cool them down to avoid brake fade.
At one of those stops a little boy came to say hi and offered us to buy a keychain that he made. We did, of course, and we continued chatting with him (using our “hands and feet” of course, because he spoke limited English and us limited Arabic) and he wanted to try Justin’s bike. Cyclotouring is a novelty and often people want to try our bikes, notably Justin’s bike, because we are interacting with a lot of children due to Justin being with us. After the boy took the bike for a ride and was all smiles, we continued on to the entrance of beautiful wadi A’Nakhr, set up camp and went exploring on foot. Another beautiful day done.