The quickest way to Ariel is tremping, yes, hitchhiking, since even if you have stop for multiple rides, like I did, you can bypass the Eli neighborhood and Tapuach, which are on the bus routes. Within minutes of getting to the main Shiloh bus stop/trempiada, I had a ride with someone going to Eli. I got off at the junction and before I could whip out my camera there was a ride to Rechalim, and the driver insisted that there are tons of rides from there to Ariel.
I had just enough time to take a couple of pictures, when I caught a ride to just outside of Ariel. I walked in and to the first bus stop where I found someone I know who confirmed what my husband had discovered on the internet that there would be a bus directly to Tel Hashomer, the 284, in just two minutes.
|bus stop at Ariel University|
I caught it and had a lovely ride through Ariel to Tel Hashomer confident that I was on my way.
In all honesty, I had no idea of where I was most of the time, but we did get to the hospital safe and sound.
Going back home I couldn't take the same bus, because it's only every few hours, and I hadn't been in the hospital long enough for that.
So I asked around at the bus stop and took an 87 to Petach Tikvah's Bellinson Hospital. And from there, in a bus filled mostly with Arabs I took the 86 to Ariel.
And from there I tremped home.