10. Petra to Abbasiya

Stage 10 of 12

NEW FEATURE COMING SOON!

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 2 out of 5

DISTANCE: 55.1 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 4 – 5 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +1092 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1130 m

PAVED: 25 km (46 %)

UNPAVED: 30 km (54 %)

MAX. GRADE: 13 %

AVG. GRADE: 0 %

NEW FEATURE COMING SOON!

PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: 2 out of 5

DISTANCE: 55.1 km

APPROX. RIDING TIME: 4 – 5 h

ELEVATION GAIN: +1092 m

ELEVATION LOSS: -1130 m

PAVED: 25 km (46 %)

UNPAVED: 30 km (54 %)

MAX. GRADE: 13 %

AVG. GRADE: 0 %

Description

Climb gradually from Wadi Musa, and follow the King’s Highway high above Wadi Araba. Continue on a dirt road into Rajif; and after returning briefly to the King’s Highway, begin a lovely descent along dirt roads to the valley below. A short climb to a low pass then takes you into a wide open desert area for the last few kilometers to Abbasiya.

Food & Water

BEGINNING:
Petra/Wadi Musa has numerous stores and restaurants. It is the best resupply point before the end of the trail in Aqaba.

 

ON ROUTE
Taybe has a few stores, a couple of bakeries, and a small (falafel) restaurant. Petra Overlook Shop has some snacks/water, but it’s hours are variable.

 

END:

Accommodation Options

 

Camping

After Rajif, there are a number of spots, just off the dirt road, that would make attractive camp spots with shade and views.

Transportation

Buses from Wadi Musa travel the King’s Highway north and south — it’s unclear though if they could take a bike without first removing both wheels. A Jett bus goes from Amman-Petra (and vice versa) daily. It can accommodate bikes.

Notes & Tips
  • This is a relatively short and easy day compared to others on the trip. It affords flexibility to spend some extra time in Petra to start your day. Conversely, consider starting early and riding all the way to Wadi Rum (~115km).
  • The latter half of the day is more exposed than much of the route till this point. Be sure to carry sun protection and plenty of water.
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