Today’s walk was a brutal 16 miles. The path to Capernaum was very nice and you will see the photos of our walk there. Afterwards we walked to Tiberius on the Israeli Trail since the Jesus Trail only took us as far as Capernaum.
Let me put it this way: At one point, we started yelling, “Help” to a man in the distance. He just stood there with arms crossed looking like he may have a gun and was waiting to see if we were dangerous! I think we scared him, but we were desperate! So, no help.
The Israeli path from Ginosar to Tiberius is for those who want an adventure. While we are not opposed to an adventure, we did not anticipate this type of adventure. We walked in brush, in mud, next to barbed wire fences (the kind you can’t even hold on to as you are stepping on slippery rocks), accross several streams climbing high banks on each side to rejoin the path, in knee deep water along a water falls, finally ending up in a resort on the Sea of Galilee (where a guard finally gave us permission to cross so we could reach the highway!) Once we got on the Israeli path, there was no way to exit it until the very end. It appears that private property owners claim rights up to the Sea of Galilee and fence their property so that no one can cross from the Sea to any road access. Hence, the Isreali path requires you to literally walk in the Sea!
We are now sipping tea in the Tiberius Hostel, having taken a warm shower and airing our boots out to dry on the window sill. We are both bruised, picking out thorns in our skin……and deciding how we can treat ourselves tonight on the Shabbat when all grocery stores and restaurants are closed!!!!!! This was a day to remember! If only we could walk on water!!!!!!!!
J’s quote for the day: “Israeli Trails are not very user friendly, are they?” Now, that is an understatement! At least we can laugh about it now that we are on dry land!
Photos 1,2 and 3: Mary Magdalena’s Church (built on the site where Mary lived)
Photo 4: The Green Path around Ginosar. (It was promising!!!)
Photos 5-7: Capernaum (Where Jesus spent a lot of time and where he recruited most of the disciples)