24-Dec-2007 -- It was a beautiful morning when we headed out of Kharga on the Asyūṭ highway northwards. After approx. 75 km we left the road and turned northeastward towards our point. The approach to the confluence point was slow and difficult. The terrain was extremely rocky, hilly and we had to cross endless small wādiys trying to find the best route between the hills. It took us approx. 3 hours for 26.5 km to reach the point. At times we had to navigate around the wādiy as it was not possible to cross it. Returning back to the road we took a different route. This time we tried to drive as much as possible within the wādiys rather then crossing them. This made it a bit easier and it took us only two hours to reach the highway. We were happy to be back on the main road, shortly before the sun was setting, all shaken up and with a few additional bumps underneath the car. It was amazing that we made it with out shredding any tires.
I would just like to add what my daughter had to say about the trip:
"This confluence point was the worst... Only crazy people could do it, which was us... Unfortunately we damaged our car and me and my friend almost died... The terrain was awfully rocky and hilly and the nastiest you could ever find. I got car sick and wanted to walk all the way back. It took 3 hours to get to our destination and 2 hours to get back on the road. This was terrible!! Anyway we found a big crystal rock. It was the greatest feeling when you get back to the road!!"
Continued at 24N 33E.