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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

The spectacular winding descent down Jordan’s King’s Highway is one of the most historically and religiously significant roads in the world.

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The 5,000 year old highway epically follows the contours of the sandy rolling hills above the Dead Sea, passing biblical sites, Crusader castles, and Roman forts along the way, and has witnessed Israelites en route to the Promised Land, Crusaders traveling to their castle fortifications and Muslim pilgrims going to and from Mecca.

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Our drive from Madaba, home of the oldest surviving topographic depiction of the Holy Land, through the Wadi Mujib Valley, and down to the Dead Sea, was at times surreal, at times scary, but always fascinating.

Have you been on any truly spectacular roads in the world? We’d love to hear about it. Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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  1. Spectacular indeed! What an exciting drive this must be, with the all the history accompanying you on both sides.

    November 2, 2014
    • We were truly in awe of the road, imagining how difficult it must’ve been to build, and to think it’s been there for 5000 years!

      November 3, 2014
  2. wow! what a view! really spectacular and grand.

    November 2, 2014
    • It was amazing to stand at the top of that Highway, and realize that we would be driving all the way down it! πŸ™‚

      November 3, 2014
  3. I love winding road journeys like that. You can daydream away to the landscape !

    November 2, 2014
  4. Beautiful scenery, can only imagine what it must really have meant to walk the entire journey in the ancient times.

    November 2, 2014
    • It’s inspiring when you think that the pilgrims, knights, traders etc… used to WALK this road.. all 280 kilometres of it! It was difficult to drive it, I can’t imagine how hard walking it must’ve been.

      November 3, 2014
      • That i think is something better left to the imagination, except a time machine exists.

        November 3, 2014
  5. Beautiful! This is one of those places that I never really expect to see, but hope I do someday.

    November 2, 2014
    • I hope you get to see it one day too! πŸ™‚ Jordan is well worth a visit…so much to see and do in a relatively small country.

      November 3, 2014
  6. very cool… i’ll never visit, but you’ve taken me there

    November 2, 2014
    • Thanks! I’m happy that we were able to take you there through the photos. πŸ™‚ It was a certainly a sight to behold.

      November 3, 2014
  7. Stunning!

    November 2, 2014
  8. Wow – amazing. Great choice.

    November 3, 2014
  9. Wonderful images for the challenge! Thanks for showing me this place. It must be a great experience to travel on this ancient road.

    November 3, 2014
    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ It’s the only time we hired a driver in Jordan, but I think it was very worth it. We were also able to stop at the ancient Crusader castle, Karak, along the way… there was really an amazing sense of history on that road.

      November 3, 2014
  10. Beautiful! As to great roads… the Cabot Trail in NS Canada is pretty amazing for views, but the twists and turns can be scary. In the Rockies in Eastern Canada seeing the netting to stop boulders from crushing you was a shocker! The scariest drive was in Spain from Granada to Nerja… mountain roads, no guard rail and a crazy bus driver hurling along sheer cliffs. I thought I would have a heart attack! The city on the other city was worth the drive, although getting there was scary.

    November 3, 2014
    • There are so many roads with amazing views in Canada, but you’re right, the netting is a bit scary to see. Lol…that drive in Spain sounds terrifying. You’d think those roads would make the bus driver more cautious, but of course it never does. Glad you survived! πŸ˜‰

      November 3, 2014
  11. Stunning place!

    November 3, 2014
  12. I’d never go to my destination with that kind of road view. I’d be so busy ogling. πŸ™‚
    Germany and California 1 for me.

    November 7, 2014
    • Fortunately, we’d hired a driver, so we were able to ogle as much as we wanted to without driving off the side of the road. πŸ™‚ It was pretty darn amazing, with the Dead Sea as our final destination.

      November 7, 2014
  13. That is one heck of a descent πŸ™‚

    November 9, 2014
    • Lol, we were just happy to know that it doesn’t rain much in that part of the world. πŸ˜‰

      November 10, 2014
  14. My son got car sick on this drive πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos!

    February 14, 2015
    • Thanks Lynda!! πŸ™‚ If there’s a drive to get sick on in the world, it’s definitely this one… πŸ˜€

      February 17, 2015
  15. incredible pictures!!

    April 22, 2016

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