23-Jun-2006 -- Justin and I picked almost the longest day in the year to do our second confluence point in Libya. The invisible mark for which we searched was in the centre of a featureless stony plain stretching out from the mountain escarpment north of the Western Libyan town of Nālūt towards the Mediterranean, not far from the border with Tunisia.
Although the area seemed deserted, there were sufficient tracks to enable us to get across the desert and within a few hundred meters of our target. On site at 32N 11E, just before noon, the temperature was an unbelievable 54°C. Fortunately, it was a dry heat and we did not have to walk too far from the road to the actual confluence point.
With the temperature at as high as it was we spent no longer outside our air-conditioned vehicle than was necessary in order to record the confluence photographs, before returning to the vehicle, retracing our path and climbing the hills to Nālūt with its 800-year old troglodite houses perched up on the cliffs overlooking the escarpment. Once in Nālūt we headed south towards our second confluence that day.
Continued at 30N 11E.