The desert was in sight by trek’s end last night. We knew better than attempt to enter it from this point. Instead we passed the morning looking for the landmark mentioned by Quasimo. A pile of rocks in the shape of a kingly statue.
Our side movement to the northwest proved fruitless, so we reversed direction and finally found the rock structure well to the southeast.
It stood guard where an emerging wadi continued its course into the desert itself, forming an avenue east to follow in the otherwise trackless sand.
We waited by the curious rock pile for the cool of the night to come on. And fortified ourselves with water from a nearby well against our future march.