Final Thoughts

..and so, that was the adventure of the Third Wheel Camel Family in the Middle East. My travel philosophy can be generally summed up in a quote by the late Christa McAuliffe: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” I’m generally not one to be moved […]

Going for the Holy Grail

Morning came harsh and early, but we had to persevere for just one more day of tourism before heading home.  We had something particularly awesome to look forward to in Petra, so that made the sleepiness bearable.  The nice folks at our hotel had made us some boxed breakfasts since we were too early for […]

Now We Are Camel Family

We awoke to a beautiful desert morning and had some hummus and bread and tea before heading out for a day of adventure, guided by Fa’ez, to various sites of note in Wadi Rum. The sun was out when we left the campsite and I didn’t bother to bring a jacket or anything because… well, […]

Sleeping with the fishes

We awoke to our second day in Aqaba with big plans to go snorkeling.  Kate left earlier than us to make another attempt at scuba.. she had been having some ear problems that screwed up her dive the day before, but thankfully the second attempt was a success!  While she was off in the briny […]

By tha beach, boi.

After chatting with our fellow racers for a bit, chugging water, recovering from a near certain death (on B and Kate’s part, thanks to the crazy wind), and packing up our stuff, Hassan drove us from the finish line in to the city and our hotel so that we could check in and get cleaned […]


When we left off it was 3 in the morning and we were standing outside our hotel waiting for our van, driver, and bikes to arrive.  I was tired and anxious and not entirely sure how I would manage to get through the experience on just an hour and a half of sleep and some […]