|A strange rock atop a small hillock|
|The effects of sand erosion on a desert landscape|
However, in the week preceding my departure, I made up my mind to be a little daring and adventurous. I have driven my car to Ta'if, and in March, when I went to India via Jeddah, I drove it from Ta'if to Jeddah as well. But 600 km is not the same as 200 km now, is it. So, justifiably, I was nervous. In the end, though, I simply sat in my car on the morning of the 12th, and drove to Riyadh. Did I do a good job of it?
|Undulating hills in the distance ...|
|The ghat section with unique carved cliffs on either side|
|A close-up of the carved cliff|
|The front view from my car's windshield|
|One of the road signs that show how far Riyadh still was|
|A Herfy outlet on the way in one of the smaller towns|
It was a delight to pass sand-eroded hills, empty roads, beautiful desert landscapes and so on. At the same time, it got lonely at times, and one actually yearned for good music or company while doing such a long journey.
|A close-up of the Herfy outlet|
|Who says Saudi Arabia has no greenery?|
|Near a small village|
From here, I returned to King Abdullah Road, and stopped at a McD for snacks. I still did not know where to stay. I called up my net friend Mohd. Siddiqui, who told me he had booked a room for me in an area known as Haara. When I asked someone how far it was, I learned that Haara was 25 km from where I was, and would be more than 20 km from the University. Thus, Haara was NOT an option.
|Approaching the outskirts of Riyadh|
|A view from the car of an interesting hill-scape|
That's it for now.
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P.S. Here is a list of the towns one passes as one travels from Al Muwayh to Riyadh:
Zalm (54 km)
Houmiyat (140 km)
Al Khasra (259 km)
Halban (307 km)
Tuhayyh/Sanaam ( 351 km)
Ruwaydah ( 362 km)
Mizel (417 km)
Quwaiyyah (432 km)
Al Jelleh (490 km)
Muzaymiah (537 km)
Kharj (575 km)
In addition to the above, there are off-shoots to tens of other places, but I haven't named them since these places are not ON the highway, but off it, at a variable distance from the highway. You get to know them only because of the link to the roads that lead to these places.