The Contradictions of Wadi Rum

Disi Village, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Tareef took us south today, almost all the way to the edge of the kingdom (where we’ll be tomorrow). On the agenda: desert cycling.

From Good Friday in Wadi Rum, Then Aqaba

As Mel pointed out, striking up the chorus of Hakuna Matata, the surfaces we rode on looked very much like cartoon landscapes.

From Good Friday in Wadi Rum, Then Aqaba

Wadi Rum’s reputation is for desert, and we saw plenty of that – mountains, sand dunes, windswept surfaces dotted with scrawny brush.

From Good Friday in Wadi Rum, Then Aqaba

It’s easy to forget that Wadi Rum sits on the great Disi Reservoir. A new project is installing the infrastructure to pipe some of that water north to Amman, Zarqa and Irbid, but in the meantime it’s a rich source of water for local agriculture.

From Good Friday in Wadi Rum, Then Aqaba

Altogether it’s a place of contradiction, where desert meets agriculture, flats meet sheer rock faces, and the nomadic meets the settled meets the tourists.

From Good Friday in Wadi Rum, Then Aqaba

And surprisingly nice cycling with an exceptional group of people from 4 continents. Just watch out for the sand traps!

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