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Saudi Arabia : al-Šarqiyya

38.3 km (23.8 miles) SW of al-Kharkhayr, al-Šarqiyya, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 272 m (892 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 19°S 129°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: View towards East from Confluence #3: General view of 19N 51E #4: GPS #5: Another visitor #6: Long slipface #7: Sand mountains #8: Oasis of al-Kharkhayr

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  19°N 51°E  

#1: View towards North from Confluence

(visited by Frieder Dornseifer, Andy Neal, Russell Wards, Frank Oberlaender and Heiko Jopke)

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16-Nov-2003 -- Highway 51, Durchquerung der Wüste al-Rub` al-Khāliy auf dem 51. und 50. Längengrad (Confluence 21N 51E, 20N 51E, 19N 51E, 20N 50E, 21N E 50)

Am fünften Tag steuerte Frieder die Confluence 19N 51E inmitten einer herrlichen Dünenlandschaft an. Voller Erwartung peilten wir danach al-Kharkhayr an. Der Weg dorthin forderte die Fahrzeuge und Fahrer. Noch am Nachmittag konnten wir glücklicherweise unsere Benzin- und Wasserreserven auffüllen.

Die örtliche Polizei hielt es für angebracht uns ein Stück auf dem Weg zurück Richtung Ḥaraḍ zu begleiten. Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang verabschiedeten sich unsere saudischen Freunde und wir richteten wieder einmal unser Nachtlager ein.

Wird fortgesetzt bei 20N 50E.

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16-Nov-2003 -- Highway 51, a crossing of the Rub` al-Khāliy desert along 51 and 50 degrees of longitude (Confluences 21N 51E, 20N 51E, 19N 51E, 20N 50E, 21N E 50)

On the fifth day Frieder was the one who had to hit Confluence 19N 51E in the middle of a wonderful landscape of dunes. In eager anticipation we directed our ride to al-Kharkhayr. The way to get there challenged drivers as well as four wheel drives. Luckily we could refill fuel and water until the afternoon.

The local police took the opportunity to guide us on our way back to Ḥaraḍ. Shortly before sunset our Saudi friends said good bye and wished us all the best. For us it was time to build up our night camp and after a professionally-prepared dinner, we discussed the things that happened during the day by having tasty dates for dessert.

Continued at 20N 50E.


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#1: View towards North from Confluence
#2: View towards East from Confluence
#3: General view of 19N 51E
#4: GPS
#5: Another visitor
#6: Long slipface
#7: Sand mountains
#8: Oasis of al-Kharkhayr
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