24/02/2012, Day 13:
We decided to start our day a bit later after our hard day yesterday.
We woke up at around 7am and had breakfast at the inn.
We took a taxi to the point in which we left the shvil yesterday which meant we had an extra 300m to walk… Not a biggie.
We hiked through Mishad which is a nice Arab village and quickly reached the outskirts of the village. We met the local garbage yard which seems to be prevalent at every Arab village we meet.
As we passed Rabbi Yehuda’s grave we met our first field of thorns and nettles.
We passed the field and it started raining. Again we moved fast to our rain gear and continued hiking with a very light misty rain that helped us cool off.
At this point we figured out that we will not reach the monk’s Gristmill so we contacted the ecological farm in Harduf and were told that we can sleep there.
We continued further and went up rish lakish vista point. When we reached the peak we asked ourselves where was the hard climb…? I guess that the Tavor helped us with our perspective…
We reached Gush Alonim forest reserve and after an hour or so met a nice geeky couple (like ourselves) riding their bicycles.
We continued hiking and finally reached the Arab village kaabiya. From there we walked km or so to our final destination of the day (or so we thought) – Harduf.
When we reached Harduf, Rei, the contact person showed us the place. We never felt so NOT at home anywhere else… And since he sent us to sleep in a cold large old army tent that is used as a warehouse. While it was freezing outside and we knew we will be very cold during the night so we called our friend and rescuer Yochai who came to pick us up home. Luckily we got a mail from our friends Noga and Tom asking if.they can join us for the next day. So we said of course. But please pick us up on the way 🙂