26-Dec-2019 -- This is the 19th out of 21 successful revisits plus 2 unsuccessful attempts on unvisited confluences in Saudi Arabia. The story starts at 28°N 48°E and continues from 18°N 43°E.
We visited this confluence point on our way to Riyadh. The confluence is 6 km west of the main highway no. 10. At a gas station near the village Al Qirah, we were able to take a side track up to a distance of 1.8 km to the confluence. This track must have seen better times – it was once asphalt, but was now already borderlineish for our car. Probably, the track was used for a quarry nearby, but was now disused. When the track became too rough, we parked and walked 1.8 km to the confluence across a sandy plain.
We found the confluence on a slightly hilly site surrounded by basalt rocks, scattered in fine sand. Besides a tiny acacia tree we didn’t observe any plants.
We walked and drove the same way back to the main road and continued our trip to Riyadh 1.5 hours after we had left the main road.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 6 km
- Distance to a track: 1800 m
- Distance of car parking: 1800 m
- Time to reach the confluence point from the car: 25 minutes
- Time at the confluence point: 9:31 AM
- Measured height: 946 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: slightly hilly
- Vegetation: a single acacia tree
- Weather: sunny, 17° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Single Acacia Confluence
The story continues at 23°N 47°E.
More pictures of the trip can be found here.