Start from from the remains of the Decapolis city of Gadara (today, Um Qais) and enjoy a bracing descent toward Al Arab Dam. From there, climb on paved and dirt roads through a number of smaller villages, before another long descent to the Jordan Valley — at -200m your low point of the trip. Ride a few easy kilometers along the King Abdullah Canal before climbing to Pella, where you’ll find the remains of another Decapolis city. From Pella, it’s a long, slow climb to Kufr Rakeb.
There are smaller shops, a bakery and some restaurants (falafel etc.) in Um Qais.
The villages (after Al-Arab Dam and before the Jordan Valley) of Dar as-Si’nah, Sammou’ and Jenin have small stores and falafel shops (wider variety of options in Sammou’). Before beginning your ascent to Pella, there’s a small shop with drinks and snacks just off-route on the main road.
Kufr Rakeb has a range of stores (shops with basic supplies, grocery stores, produce stores); the junction on the east end of town also has a number of stores and a falafel shop.
Um Qais: Beit al-Baraka (00962 7 7666 7660), Um Qais Hotel (00962 2 750 0080)
Pella: Pella Countryside Inn (00962 7 9876 9034) & Bella Tourist Resort
Kufr Rakeb: (+2.6km) Adnan Homestay (00962 7 766 89061) (simple family home, Arabic only)
There are possible campsites in Burqush forest, about 3.0 km past Kufr Rakeb.