We planned to leave Gail and David's home by 9 a.m. in order to be in Tel Aviv by 10:00 a.m. But the best laid plans ... After getting lost and fighting heavy traffic we got to Tel Aviv around 11 a.m., dropped off our bikes at the Sheraton Towers and went for lunch at a lovely restaurant that overlooked the beach in Tel Aviv. The salads in Israel are quite wonderful.
After lunch we took a taxi to the airport in Tel Aviv for our flight to Eilat that afternoon. Unfortunately we overpaid for a taxi . I know that we had been told to only pay what was on the meter but we stupidly agreed to pay a fixed rate - the fixed rate was about double of what we should have paid. We live and learn.
We then took the short flight to Eilat. Unfortunately the take off was quite rough and Rick was really not feeling well. I had never seen him so pale. His colour did come back when we landed and he was feeling slightly better. We arrived at a charming Bed and Breakfast called the Cactus Inn. It is great to stay in an area that is more residential and have a private room with a small kitchen and an outdoor area specifically for us.
After a nap Rick felt better and we want towards the downtown. It was still hot - about 38 degrees C but it was dry. We had fun buying Rick a bathing suit and realizing that this entitled us to two additional free pieces of clothing. After spending over an hour looking Rick and I each got a piece of clothing. A bathing suit, a light jacket and a pair of shorts for about $40 seemed like a pretty good deal.