Across the Saudi Arabian peninsular

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Sep 11, 2011

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Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20 2010. A really early start – our taxi came for us at 6am! A long day ahead of us.  The expected flight time to Riyadh was 5.75 hrs and then we still had to reach Bahrain before nightfall, a further 2 hrs away. From the blog point of view, a non-day as the haze layer was such that photo opportunities were very limited.  We did get a glimpse of crop circles around the town of Gassim, KSA.  Apart from that only rock formations and dessert to look at! We did get up to 11,000ft and had our first taste of oxygen from our cylinder. It was quite comforting to hear the puff every intake of breath.

Although we were in the air a long time, the flight went quite quickly. However, it was extremely bumpy on our way into Riyadh and Patrick had to help the autopilot on occasions when there were 'holes' in the air…. 39deg on our arrival into Riyadh. The refueller had not been advised of our departure from Luxor and therefore didn’t know that we were coming.  Hence it took a little longer than planned to get the fuel on board before setting off again ASAP for Bahrain  - it was touch and go whether we would get on the ground there before the sun set.

Another set of interested Handling Agents met us on the F1 parking Apron and helped put the plane to bed. It was so humid that we were instantly awash!  The superb handling agents soon had a room booked for us at a new Hotel nearby and arranged for air-conditioned transport to take us there – what a relief.  On arrival we were upgraded to a two-bedroomed Suite complete with kitchen and study.  Shame we were there for only 12 hrs!  A room-service meal, and a good night’s rest.  We had flown 8.5 hrs today – our longest so far. Patrick was amazed and relieved that we had crossed the Saudi Arabian peninsular in a day without any real problems….


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Derek on

Hi Patrick and Linda.
What an experience! Patrick you bring a new meaning to "cross-country"!
Sounds like you both are having a great time. Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress.
Safe flying
Derek and Leanne

Cordelia on

Hi Linda & Patrick - I just love your blogs. It's like reading an exciting adventure novel. It all sounds amazing and the flying a little scary! Keep it coming. Fondest love and take care Cords xx

Chris Cruickshank on

Wow, that was a long day - and a hot one! what an adventure!
C & P x

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