Lebanon Mountain Trail by Bike, Part 2
by Steve Holyoak
Earlier in the summer, together with a Lebanese friend Max Chaya, I cycled the northern part of the Lebanese Mountain Trail (LMT). As you may be aware, this is a fledgling long-distance track through the mountains and villages of Lebanon, covering pretty much the entire length of the country, from Kobeyate in the North, to Marjeyoun in the South. After various misadventures we got as far as the Beirut Damascus highway, about halfway, and then ran out of time. There was certainly unfinished business to be done, i.e. to cover the remaining part of the trail. As always with both our busy schedules it was a challenge finding the required 3 – 4 days to complete the trip, but the Eid holiday provided the perfect opportunity. From the Holyoak side we decided to combine it with a family trip to Bcharre, Byblos and the Chouf.