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    Saudi Sites

    Went on a 6 night, 7 day Saudi road trip.

    Had planned to (car) camp for a majority of the time but the heat was just too much.

    We still did pretty good though with 4 full days / 2 nights out in 'the shit.'

    The Road Loop looked a bit like this:




    Main destinations (not my pics):

    Al Wahab Crater


    Red Sands


    Riyadh


    Al Heet Cave


    Edge of the World


    Hail


    Madain Saleh


    Al Ula


    Yanbu


    Jeddah


    La Plage Private Beach Resort




    I'll upload some of my own pics when I get done tussling with fuckobucket.

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    The obligatory Kingdom Tower shot



    The Sky Bridge is a modern marvel on a unique landmark, rising on top of a 300-meter tower and overlooking the city of Riyadh.


    This building was built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed, the ruler of Ha'il to the north, who had wrested control of the city from the rival clan of Al Saud.

    Was a tad warm trying to locate the cave entrance...








    Thar she blows

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    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    People

    Too many of em'


    Inside looking out



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    We didn't stay at Al Heet Cave for very long.

    Our search for solitude, solace and the wind was just beginning...

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    yeah, those chick peas can play havoc.

    'blazing saddlesesque'

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    new girlfriend ?


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    Wife.

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    Ahhhh, quiet.

    About 2.5 hours of medium to harsh off-road to reach here.





    Did a lot of hiking in the dirt bowl.



    That's my lil' lady and me mate.




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    Damn I feel sorry for you wife being stuck in the black sweat box. I see an interesting thread a brewing...

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    What do you think about the landscape, snub?

    Interesting...or just repulsive?


    (apologies for any parallels with the serena williams thread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Damn I feel sorry for you wife being stuck in the black sweat box.
    Don't be...she's a bit of a masochist.

    But on that subject, as I let them get ahead so I could take a distant shot, another 4x4 pulled up on the ridge I was standing on.

    5 Flipper (HOTties) piled out, abaya-less. They were dressed for the freakin' compound party - all done up.

    The driver cranked some dance version of "Dust in the Wind" and I almost screamed into my canteen.

    If there's a record for most selfies in an hour, I think they were taking a solid run at it.

    I saw two young Saudis down the hill and greeted them with:
    "I believe it is my duty to tell you that there's a filipina party at the top of this hill." They hoofed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    They hoofed it.

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    Is that a third party in the pics, or is the food really agreeing with you?

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    campsite







    Hard n Hot howling wind that night complete with bad dreams.

    Maybe shouldn't of parked it by a carcass.



    Around 4am a set of headlights was beaming its way hard and fast in our direction.
    - might've set up on claimed Bedo land(?)

    He got about 50 yards too close and pulled a sudden, hard turn and took off.

    Probably got a clear look at my white girth as I was scrambling for a shirt to greet him properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Is that a third party in the pics, or is the food really agreeing with you?
    Yes and yes. But I eat Thai food more often than Arab.


    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    That's my lil' lady and me mate.


    My camera and it needed some TLC in that heat, so....I'm not in many shots.

    I got one coming for ya.'

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    Wow doing her best impersonation of a Djinn


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    We're definitely planning a return to both "The Edge" (above) and MS (below) when it's cooler.

    Will most definitely buy (or rent) a larger model 4x4, a bedo tent and several other additions including better camera and telescope gear.

    Prepping for the big one - which is a solid week in the Empty Quarter (2019).
    Wife won't be coming along to the EQ.
    2 trucks w/ 4 blokes who have some sense of emergency response and/or survivalist know-how.


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    Mada'in Saleh is an archaeological site located in the Sector of Al-`Ula within the Province of Al-Madinah, the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia.
    A majority of the vestiges date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century AD).







    In 2008 UNESCO proclaimed Madaʼin Saleh as a site of patrimony, becoming Saudi Arabia's first World Heritage Site. It was chosen for its well-preserved remains from late antiquity, especially the 131 rock-cut monumental tombs, with their elaborately ornamented façades.








    We really liked this site. Left the car and hiked it well. Out of the 131 tombs, we made it into about 40-45. Obviously very cool inside, comparative to the deathly heat outside.

    Worth a visit. A kind of "mini-Petra," yet still sprawling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    Was a tad warm trying to locate the cave entrance...
    Follow the trail of plastic bottles maybe...

    Good work, nice pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    Wow doing her best impersonation of a Djinn

    This must be the first saudi thread ive seen on here. great stuff. is that red cooler full of icy beers ?

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    Thanks guys.

    Someone mentioned in rep that fewer posts with less pics each could help the slower loaders, of whom I'm typically one.

    I'll follow that as I wind this down.

    Oh! BLD, beers - right.

    Uhm, yeah - sure. We got a cold one in there for you.

    What do you prefer?





    Cheers

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    Inside one of those tombs.


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    Did I mention it was hot?

    42 C / 107 F on that sunny day.

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    Wow grew up w/o electricity in Issarn and said she's never felt that hot.


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