65km Msheirfeh to Hisyah

A pretty town just off the motorwayThe rain pitter pattered on our tent throughout the night but by the time we emerged in the morning it seemed the clouds were clearing. We crossed our fingers for a sunny day ahead and set off southwards, continuing to hug the Lebanese border. Of course this meant checkpoints, checkpoints and more checkpoints. We went through at least six in the morning and then we stopped counting. The procedure was the same each time. Two or three guards would emerge, accompanied by a few locals, and the first question was about our destination. They didn’t seem to believe us when we said Damascus so we started saying Australia. This led to a long silence, followed by “No, really. Where are you going?”

Damascus seemed to be a good answer the second time around.

The rest of our morning was spent passing through small towns, continually glancing up at the sky to see if the darkening clouds were going to let loose on our heads. Eventually they did, of course, but happily we were able to run into a restaurant and have lunch while we waited to see what the afternoon would bring. Rain, rain and more rain turned out to be the answer. We pushed on for a while and then our patience ran out when we discovered the road we’d planned to take didn’t exist, or at least no one seemed to know about it. The road was clearly marked on the main map we’d been using but when we went to double check on another map we picked up from the tourist bureau we were more than a little surprised to see it didn’t exist at all, which tallied with the confused looks from the locals whenever we asked for directions to this mythical road.

You can never sit frustrated by the road for long in Syria without someone coming to help and so it was this time. Within a couple of minutes a truck pulled up and the passenger spoke reasonable english – always a wonderful surprise. “This road, it exists,” he said, “But it’s all mud and with the rain….” His voice trailed off here but we got the message. Dirt roads of dubious quality and heavy rain don’t go together with bicycles. We were now a little stuck. The alternative to the road we wanted was going to put us back at least half a day, time we don’t really have to spare since we’ve already been sick and going slower as a result. Our friend offered a solution. He would carry us and our bikes to the main highway, covering about half of the detour. That would leave us with the same distance to cycle to our goal for the day, the same as if we’d been able to take our planned route. It seemed a fair solution and so we accepted. A wet and windy half hour later we were on the main motorway going south to Damascus. Not long afterwards the sun finally returned to warm our backs and we flew into the town of Hasseh late in the afternoon.

We quickly stocked up on water and then set off to find a place for the night but with the motorway running nearby and a large industrial park also taking up space, good camping spots weren’t easy to come by. The first police guardpost we spotted seemed to be just the ticket. We rolled up and presented a letter in Arabic that explains our trip and asks if we can camp for the night. No problem. It never is here. A few cups of tea later and we were warming our hands over a stove in the guardpost, with our tent set up by a local water tower. There’s a guard here all night and he keeps on coming over to offer us bread, cheese, tea… anything at all. He even found us warm water and soap to do our suppertime dishes with. What a luxury!


  1. turi
    5th December 2022 at 6:21 pm #

    eca confeo plus 1 arıza kodu James Salas arçelik klima ch 1 arıza kodu Avneet Nairn buderus arıza kodu 227 Tai Mckay aveo arıza kodu 24 Aamir Clarkson chevrolet arıza kodu 24

  2. Dorothy Saunders
    6th December 2022 at 6:15 pm #

    The action comedy Red is directed by Robert Schewentke and stars Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and Brian Cox.

  3. ygdy.com
    14th December 2022 at 9:58 am #

    Im obliged for the article. Really Great.

  4. live asianbookie nowgoal
    14th December 2022 at 1:17 pm #

    Really appreciate you sharing this article.

  5. molo4nica.in.ua
    21st December 2022 at 2:08 pm #

    why is full spectrum cbd better then isolate

  6. EV stocks
    29th December 2022 at 2:06 pm #

    doctoral dissertation help dissertations help

  7. Lzccen – research paper background Ebejhp bmwpua

  8. ???????
    5th January 2023 at 1:28 pm #

    This very blog is without a doubt awesome and also amusing. I have discovered a bunch of interesting things out of it. I ad love to return every once in a while. Cheers!

  9. Really appreciate you sharing this blog. Want more.

  10. sillitas.com
    12th January 2023 at 9:11 am #

    I love reading through an article that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment.

  11. https://g.co/kgs/tfgzJ2
    28th March 2023 at 6:09 pm #

    Enjoyed reading this, very good stuff, regards . “If it was an overnight success, it was one long, hard, sleepless night.” by Dicky Barrett.

  12. fitness
    3rd April 2023 at 8:51 am #

    which chola king founded the city of puhar?

  13. pokies
    3rd April 2023 at 4:28 pm #

    It’s onerous to search out knowledgeable folks on this subject, but you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  14. poker
    4th April 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Thẳng Bóng Đá Ngày Hôm Nayvao roiNếu cứ nghịch như cơ hội vừa tiêu diệt Everton tới 3-1 trên Sảnh khách

  15. authentic watches
    6th April 2023 at 4:46 pm #

    Transistor de emisión y discípulo del condado de Durham

  16. play traditional games
    7th April 2023 at 12:17 am #

    Chrome layering looks an terrible great deal like things made from stainless-steel Yet which material is better? Find out about the pros and cons of each.

  17. pokies
    22nd April 2023 at 1:00 am #

    Rolex watertight timepiece honored whole world.

  18. embracing failure
    28th April 2023 at 12:47 am #

    nevşehir telefon kodu Zion Eastwood nevsehir ev telefon kodu Shanaya Hewitt nevsehir eczaneler tel Zayan Kinney nevşehir e bebek telefon Romeo Bonilla nevşehir e tipi cezaevi telefon numarası Masuma Walters nevşehir forum telefon


  20. volatile silicone oil
    24th July 2023 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks-a-mundo for the article.

  21. immigration to canada
    22nd August 2023 at 2:49 am #

    I think this is a real great blog. Fantastic.

  22. GlucoTrust Review
    25th August 2023 at 7:43 am #

    I quite like looking through an article that can make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment.

  23. Beatles
    28th August 2023 at 6:12 am #

    Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this

  24. 1
    3rd September 2023 at 7:19 pm #

    I really enjoy the article. Much obliged.

  25. infogérance informatique
    4th September 2023 at 3:51 pm #

    H3llo!! Thank you!! for every other informative stuff! Where else may just I get that type of info written in such a perfect manner? I have a project that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such info.

  26. bank vault for home
    4th September 2023 at 6:11 pm #

    apartments in bowling green ohio majestic ranch apartments camelot east apartments

  27. James Campbell
    13th September 2023 at 1:04 pm #

    Major thankies for the article. Much obliged.

  28. census records.
    26th September 2023 at 7:19 am #

    There is visibly a package to find out about this. I assume you made sure wonderful factors in features likewise. Mame Temple Nevlin

  29. Spice and seasoning Store Near Me
    29th September 2023 at 3:52 am #

    I value the blog.Much thanks again.

  30. seppes door
    7th October 2023 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks for the blog post. Keep writing.

  31. Huazhijun lab furniture
    8th October 2023 at 2:45 am #

    Hey, thanks for the blog. Awesome.

  32. etransaxle
    16th October 2023 at 1:53 am #

    Enjoyed every bit of your blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  33. 雨丝网
    17th October 2023 at 2:07 am #

    Major thanks for the blog post. Really Great.

  34. jetx bet
    6th November 2023 at 5:34 pm #

    hydroxychloroquine for sale plaquenil hydroxychloroquine

  35. Mens Polo Shirt Sourcing Spain
    13th November 2023 at 11:28 am #

    You actually reported this adequately.how to write an admissions essay for college magic thesis statement academic ghostwriter

  36. 메이저배팅사이트
    26th November 2023 at 5:02 pm #

    This was a really enjoyable article. Thanks so much for sharing it. I’ll return for more.

  37. I appreciate you sharing this post. Want more.

  38. SourceForge Screen Recording Tool
    7th December 2023 at 8:19 am #

    showed my mom the piano teacher…totally forgot the scenewhere she watches for real porn (shown on cam) and starts huffing aKleenex w cum on it.

  39. Raisa Ganoung
    8th December 2023 at 1:53 pm #

    I precisely wanted to appreciate you all over again. I do not know the things I would have sorted out in the absence of the entire suggestions shown by you concerning my problem. It was a difficult issue in my position, nevertheless witnessing a new expert mode you dealt with that took me to weep over gladness. I am happier for the help and as well , pray you realize what a powerful job you were putting in training the rest through your site. Most probably you haven’t met all of us.

  40. more information
    9th December 2023 at 9:28 am #

    ivermectin 1 cream generic ivermectin purchase – ivermectin usa

  41. Wegovy weight loss
    10th December 2023 at 11:31 am #

    Major thankies for the blog. Great.

  42. Billionaire Brain Wave
    11th December 2023 at 7:57 pm #

    plaquenil para que sirve what are the side effects of hydroxychloroquine

  43. Códigos Lucrativos
    15th December 2023 at 7:45 am #

    custom writing papers paper helper order paper online

  44. Happy New Year 2024
    24th December 2023 at 9:19 am #

    writing a critical essay writing an acceptance speech admission essay

  45. online vegetables delivery
    1st January 2024 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks for the blog.Much thanks again. Want more.

  46. Kelvin Kaemingk
    3rd January 2024 at 10:28 pm #

    Kelvin Kaemingk has over two decades of helping people make smarter decisions regarding their mortgage and money decisions. He began his career in financial planning and migrated into the mortgage space in 2002. He is passionate and committed to helping people throughout their lives, make the best financial decisions for themselves and their families. As a father of three, and now Papa K (grandpa) to one, a team builder and recruiter, Kelvin thrives on helping others realize their potential, often referenced as “Everyone’s biggest fan”. Kelvin Kaemingk is the Area Manager for loanDepot and Co-Host of the Real Estate Chalk Talk radio program based in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. Kelvin Kaemingk, NMLS 251124 | Branch NMLS 1139048

  47. Billionaire Brain Wave
    23rd January 2024 at 9:32 am #

    good resume fonts resume writers near me list of good skills to put on a resume

  48. https://www.pinterest.com/
    26th January 2024 at 8:30 am #

    Motocikl nije samo prevozno sredstvo, on je deo duse.

    The clutch assembly is a key component among motorcycle spare parts.

    Use metaphors or analogies to make your comments distinctive.

  49. Vong Tay Da Thach Anh
    26th January 2024 at 11:23 am #

    Really hope you and your family have a great experience in Russia !! Your writing is amazing g.Am looking forward to my cruise to Alaska,will be in Sitka Wednesday August22 i think?Best to you and yoursPeg Poffenbarger Neumann

  50. A1 srb E
    29th January 2024 at 3:23 pm #

    The “notch” is a small cutout at the top of the screen housing sensors and cameras. Repairing a phone with a malfunctioning vibrator motor may involve component replacement. Thoughtful comments demonstrate active participation. #Telefoni https://twitter.com/A1Expert2023/status/1721862938028376303

  51. Rickey Arjona
    29th January 2024 at 5:52 pm #

    my family would always like to go on ski holidays because it is very enjoyable::

  52. Sua May Tinh
    31st January 2024 at 10:37 pm #

    There is visibly a package to understand about this. I think you made certain nice factors in attributes additionally.

  53. herpesyl review
    2nd February 2024 at 1:02 pm #

    Without a doubt among the most information filled blogs I have come across.

  54. Blood Balance Australia
    8th February 2024 at 11:36 pm #

    hydroxychloroquin chloroquin hydroxyl chloroquine

  55. Diamond shruumz Gummies
    9th February 2024 at 11:43 am #

    hydroxychloroquine tablets hydroxychloroquine tablets

  56. A1 k find
    12th February 2024 at 1:11 pm #

    1 Prodati https://twitter.com/svadba10x15ru/status/1756959186271781198 Antički alati nude uvid u veštine i zanate naših predaka. Srpska kuhinja nudi raznovrsna jela poput ćevapčića i ajavara.

  57. OglasiSRB k prodati
    15th February 2024 at 10:12 am #

    #Oglasi Bui https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1095852521818595841/
    Solarni kolektori doprinose ekološkoj održivosti vašeg doma. Antikviteti su prozori u prošlost, koji nude poglede na živote koji su živeli davno. Srbija je poznata po svojim prirodnim pejzažima, uključujući planine i jezera.

  58. liv pure reviews
    16th February 2024 at 7:04 am #

    is prilosec over the counter omeprazole substitute

  59. download tubidy songs
    20th February 2024 at 7:04 pm #

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Many thanks! Where can I find the contact details for questions?

  60. Aubrey Sieligowski
    21st February 2024 at 9:13 pm #

    I concur with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your future updates. The usefulness and significance is overwhelming and has been invaluable to me!

  61. Sugar Defender Reviews
    24th February 2024 at 3:18 am #

    Seriously many of useful advice.how to write a narrative essay introduction essays writing service thesis writers services

  62. vw ανταλλακτικα
    24th February 2024 at 6:59 pm #

    male ed pills: online ed medications – natural remedies for ed problems

  63. red boost supplement
    25th February 2024 at 2:13 am #

    Below you may pick the qualified professional United kingdom essays finished according to your recommendations. Bessie Salvatore Sieracki

  64. Cortexi
    25th February 2024 at 6:27 am #

    the place apartments income apartments apartments in covington ga

  65. OglasiSRB k prodati
    29th February 2024 at 3:13 pm #

    ife Bui https://www.pinterest.com/oglasisrb/
    Građevinske mašine, alati i oprema čine gradnju efikasnom. Sakupljanje nam omogućava da sačuvamo istoriju. Srpske igre odražavaju radost i energiju narodnog naroda.

  66. https://www.birthdayblooms.com
    1st March 2024 at 10:00 am #

    I value the blog post.

  67. fitspresso
    1st March 2024 at 8:04 pm #

    Ik heb al meer gehoord dat microblading uitloopt als de wondjes genezen zijn!

Leave a comment