04-Sep-2006 -- This Confluence lies just 35 km northwest of Buchara. Just a few kilometers from it are productive farms, but the patch of land the
surrounding the Confluence is beyond the irrigation belt, so the desert
has it in its iron grip. There is sparse vegetation (mostly thistles and
other super resilient shrubs), and apart from salamanders there is no
animal life to speak of. On the way to the confluence I noticed dried
sheep and camel droppings, and a occasional track from a 4wd vehicle. I
guess they local people let graze their flocks there in spring.
I brought only a 1:1750 000 map of central Asia to Uzbekistan, which
showed only the A380 to Urgench running by the confluence in 12 km
distance. So I bought the reprint of an old russian map in Buchara,
which showed a small road branching of exact at the right point and
leading up to within 3 km distance of the confluence. My next purchase
were provisions for a 6km round trip in the desert (a bottle of water
and a snack).
I took a taxi to a spot just 2,5 km from the confluence (the old map
proved to be accurate), and hiked the remaining distance. I needed one
hour for getting there, taking the pictures and getting back. I noticed
that I tended to go in semicircles (clockwise) if I did not watch my
bearing closely, a psychological effect I never noticed before. Apart
from the heat the flies were a big nuisance. I was the biggest moving
living and smelling thing within kilometers, so they naturally gathered
around me, expecting a meal.