Up North in
We left Jeddah at a decent time and reached Jabal Antar on the west side of the Hijaz Railway just north of Madina late in the afternoon. As true hashers by next morning the summit of Jabal Antar had been climbed and for breakfast (fried eggs!) we were back at the campsite.
Two days of
driving along the Hijaz Railway was a slice of "modern" history.
(Check out the book "Off-Road in the
The tour guide for Madain Saleh happened to be the former Jeddah Expat Patrick and he gave us an excellent tour of all the sites.
of Jubbah were the next points of interest on our list. It took us several hours
to convince the Emir to take the key, open the gates and show us around. Declining
his offer of coffee, tea and dates out of respect for Ramadan might have been
what finally tipped the scales to make it happen. But it was worth the effort
(as in starvation) and the Kodak and
The plan was to reach Sakaka via the direct route through
Our guide for the Al Jouf area did his best but suffered from the Ramadan syndrome and wasnt too talkative. But we visited a wonderful museum and all the sites and again the picture business went up.
The long trip to Tabuk was interrupted by geological lectures via radio and therefore not as boring as expected. And the campsite between the sandstone cliffs West of Tabuk was just marvelous.
The temperature went up again and by the time we reached
From the Tabuk/Duba road leads a washboard track to Wadi
Disah. And after about 40 km we hit the tarmac road to Wadi Disah...
from the Tabuk/Duba road... But never mind -- the
Beach camping South of Duba wasnt as easy as to the North due to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard soldiers were so impressed by the Pathfinder's travel letter, that he had to go with them to see their General. After his return we had the most protected campsite in the Kingdom. (We wonder if they watched those strolls out of the camp to water the dunes in the middle of the night?)
The last highlight was crystal hunting in the hills around Al Wajh. With the help of our geological experts we were quite successful even though it was very steep and very hot!
We saw the lights of Jeddah on the evening of the 13th day.
The Swiss car mechanic we took along was quite helpful. Since there was no room for the special German toolbox it was very good to have him.
We also dont count the consumed liquids..
Trundle and Dr. D.