Wow that’s a cool idea! You should start another thread as kind of a flight log to post things about the journey, I’d be interested to follow that because no way do I have the time to do the whole flight.
Very interesting trip so far. Actually looked through all your images. Some amazing shots in there.
Traveled a lot IRL when I was young, some of the places bring back great memories.
Especially Nürburgring and Spa racetracks. Had the great luck of driving on both of them, was a complete blast.
I think doing a trip like you do atm, using life weather and time is a special experience. I do not have the time to do it myself currently, so will continue to watch this thread. Thanks for sharing and keep going
Leg 44 Aosta, Italy to Nice, France
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Bingo, 4th time crossing the Alps, finally some good views!
10-05 Aosta LIMW 5:29 AM Mont Blanc on the way
10-05 Megeve LFHM 6:23 AM
10-05 Meythet (Annecy) LFLP 6:43 AM
10-05 Geneva LSGG 6:53 AM
10-05 Vouvray LFHN 7:04 AM
10-05 Corlier LFJD 7:17 AM Steep runway
10-05 Bron (Lyon) LFLY 7:30 AM
10-05 Bron (Lyon) LFLY 8:08 AM
10-05 La Tour Du Pin LFKP -:-- Bugged short runway in a depression
10-05 St Jean d’Avelanne LFKH 8:26 AM
10-05 Aix-les-Bains LFLB 8:36 AM
10-05 Challes-les-Eaux (Chambery) LFLE 8:42 AM
10-05 Courchevel LFLJ 9:03 AM
10-05 Aeritalia (Turin) LIMA 9:34 AM
10-05 Malpensa LIMC 10:00 AM
10-05 Linate (Milan) LIML Monza North 10:37 AM
10-05 Orio Al Serio (Bergamo) LIME 10:58 AM
10-05 Orio Al Serio (Bergamo) LIME 11:30 AM
10-05 Piacenza Mil LIMS 11:50 AM
10-05 Campo di Volerio Glorialanza LIFG 12:11 PM
10-05 Sestri (Genoa) LIMJ 12:20 PM
10-05 Albenga LIMG 12:40 PM Monaco a bit before Nice
10-05 Nice/Cote d’Azur LFMN 1:11 PM
Flight time: 6:30 19 stops
This is the last ‘clear’ view of Mont Blanc I got (peak on the left)
While going in to cross over along Mont Blanc visibility went to zero and not long after the plane iced up. I had to push it into a 1000 fpm dive to keep it from stalling, luckily I had just cleared the ridge otherwise it would have been a long way around.
In the back are these 2 residential towers, Bosco Verticale
A bit beyond the capabilities of FS 2020, trees on a tower. Also the square in front looks like it’s still under construction, which is odd since it is completed on Bing.
A track that’s always certified chaos in GT Sport
Monaca, playground of the rich
It’s a shame there is no PG data here. I tried to figure out the Monaco GP layout when the game first came out, however the track is lost in a mess of seemingly randomly placed roads. Stade Nautique Rainier III, the Olympic-length heated seawater swimming pool is a blue roofed building.
I wish this track came back to Gran Turismo, blast from the past
A lot of pictures today, currently already over 1,000 pictures from this trip
Leg 45 Nice to Toulouse, France
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A shorter route than usual, I actually had some more sleep and other things to do which didn’t allow multi-tasking with FS2020. My plan to explore the Pyrenees today got spoiled by the weather, however it ended up as one of the most epic flights yet.
10-06 Nice/Cote d’Azur LFMN 6:17 AM Cannes just before Mandelieu
10-06 Mandelieu LFMD 6:29 AM
10-06 La Mole LFTZ 6:53 AM Pretty place to land
10-06 Le Castellet LFMQ 7:16 AM Marseille halfway
10-06 Marseille/Provence LFML 7:44 AM
10-06 Marseille/Provence LFML 9:51 AM
10-06 Les Milles (Aix-en-Provence) LFMA 10:06 AM
10-06 Caumont (Avignon) LFMV Pont du Gard West 10:19 AM
10-06 Courbessac LFME 10:40 AM
10-06 Montpellier/Mediterranee LFMT 10:53 AM
10-06 Larzac LFCM 11:20 AM Viaduc de Millau North-West
Can’t interact with glass cockpit anymore, restart
10-06 Larzac LFCM 11:41 AM
10-06 Cassagnes-Begonnes LFIG 12:08 PM
10-06 Le Sequestre LFCI 12:35 PM
10-06 Blagnac (Toulouse) LFBO 1:41 PM
Flight time: 4:56 12 stops
A place I associate with Louis de Funès and the movies he starred in starting with Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez. His Gendarme movies were a favorite when I grew up.
A lap around the circuit
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde at the highest point of the city
It is crowned by a golden statue of the Virgin Mary by Lequesne and there are model ships hanging from the ceiling inside. That’s different. I learned a new word today ex-voto
I did not expect to find a memorial to the Armenian genocide here
The first genocide of the 20th century in Europe, mostly forgotten, 1.5 million Armenians methodically killed by the Ottoman government (Turkey) between 1914 and 1923.
Interesting modern architecture as well, L’Arbre Blanc
The highest cable stayed bridge in the world from 2004 to 2012
Ok, enough trying to see under the clouds, time to climb! It sure is a rough ride though the clouds, getting thrown around a lot. After getting above 12K ft I can see!
By the time I got down to Toulouse it was pitch black. Luckily a well lit runway and a gap under the clouds to see it. Despite the rough weather higher up, a very smooth landing. What a ride!
Leg 46 Toulouse, France via Asobo Studio to Ribadeo, Spain
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No luck seeing the Pyrenees today, however visiting Asobo Studio was fun.
10-07 Blagnac (Toulouse) LFBO 4:05 AM
10-07 Salvaza (Carcassone) LFMK 4:33 AM
10-07 Torreilles Airport LF01 (Perpignan) 4:56 AM Andorra West
10-07 Bagneres de Luchon LFCB Zero visibility
10-07 Balestas LFIP Zero visibility
10-07 Castillon de la Laquette LFMB Zero visibility
10-07 Lourdes-Pyrenees LFBT 6:45 AM Finally!
10-07 Pau/Pyrenees LFBP 7:11 AM
10-07 Aire-sur-l’Adour LFDA 7:24 AM
10-07 Bazas LFJW 7:44 AM
10-07 Merignac (Bordeaux) LFBD 8:16 AM Asobo, 23 PARVIS DES CHARTRONS
10-07 Merignac (Bordeaux) LFBD 9:00 AM
10-07 La Teste De Buch LFCH 9:10 AM
10-07 Parentis LFBS 9:18 AM
10-07 Mimizan LFCZ 9:28 AM
10-07 Tosse Airport LFUY 9:42 AM
10-07 Bayonne-Anglet (Biaritz) LFBZ 9:52 AM
10-07 San Sebastian LESO 10:03 AM
10-07 Pamplona LEPP 10:31 AM
10-07 Pamplona LEPP 11:26 AM
10-07 Foronda LEVT 11:49 AM
10-07 Bilbao LEBB 12:02 PM
10-07 Santander LEXJ 12:25 PM
10-07 Camaleno-Artanin ULM LECW 12:45 PM Tough landing
10-07 Camaleno-Artanin ULM LECW 1:31 PM
10-07 Leon LELN 1:52 PM
10-07 Asturias LEAS 2:20 PM
10-07 Villaframil Airport LEVF 2:47 PM Stealth landing, no lights
Flight time 8:17 20 stops
Visibility got worse and worse so I decided to take a look above
I had to skip the next 3 airports, visibility was so bad I could not spot the landing strips. Only thanks to synthetic vision could I make it back up without flying into a mountain.
Lourdes is a major Catholic pilgrimage site. Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
The cave on the right, Grotto of Massabielle, is where the virgin Mary is said to have appeared in 1858. Now millions come each year for the water from the spring. My parents took me there while we were on holiday, more as tourists but we participated in the evening procession. What I noticed most is how commercial it all was, souvenir shops all the way to the plaza. We got some water as well, into plastic virgin mary statues bought at one of the shops. My mom said she would leave it in the car for protection. She got into an accident a few years later, car totaled, she walked away fine from it. This was before airbags, so maybe it worked. It didn’t work for the car…
Some crazy stuff
On to Portugal tomorrow.
Leg 47 Ribadeo, Spain through Portugal to Santa Maria on the Azores
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Long flight to Santa Maria, not ending as planned
10-08 Villaframil Airport LEVF 4:51 AM
10-08 A Coruna LECO 5:12 AM
10-08 Aerodromo Naturmaz LEMZ 5:27 AM
10-08 Santiago LEST 5:39 AM
10-08 Aerodromo de Beariz LELB 5:52 AM
10-08 Vigo LEVX 6:03 AM
10-08 Aerodromo do Cerval LPVA 6:59 AM
10-08 Aerodromo de Cabeceiras de Basto LPCA 7:25 AM
10-08 Francisco Sa Carneiro (Porto) LPPR 7:42 AM
10-08 Seia LPSE 8:16 AM N236 “road of death” South West
10-08 Aerodromo Municipal de Ferreira do Zezere LPFI 8:41 AM
10-08 Aerodromo Municipal de Ferreira do Zezere LPFI 9:57 AM
10-08 Pista do Monte do Pombo LEDL 10:17 AM
10-08 Santa Margarida LP77 10:35 AM
10-08 Santarem LPSR 10:45 AM
10-08 Santarem LPSR 11:40 AM
10-08 Alverca AB LPAR 11:53 AM
10-08 Lisbon LPPT 11:59 AM
10-08 Tires LPCS 12:19 PM
10-08 Tires LPCS 12:45 PM Full tank, 756 NM to next stop
10-08 Santa Maria LPAZ 19:24 PM On island, just short of runway
Flight time 11:56 17 stops
That includes a 6 hour 39 minute flight, mostly on auto pilot, to Santa Maria.
A terrible tragedy happened here in 2017, 4 forest fires engulfed the town and the N236
Oh some pretty fog, or so I thought
Yep, the plane iced up of course, forcing it down after reaching 15.5K ft. Luckily it was just a little patch which slowly cleared off. After getting down towards 10K ft the ice cleared off and I could start climbing again
Azores in sight! However the fuel situation is not looking good
I started a long gradual descent 45 minutes before getting there, maintaining 100 knots, slowing the propeller down to 80% and reducing the throttle back to 35%. It’s going to be very close.
Too close. I was aiming to the right of the island since the main runway runs North-South. However there was not enough fuel left to make a good approach. When getting near the island I decided to aim for an old closed runway, better aligned with my travel direction. It was still too far, plus there was a pond in front of the runway…
No lights either, airport pitch black. All I had to go on was the synthetic vision. I stretched it out as long as I could. I waited to lower the landing gear until the last moment to avoid drag, same with flaps. Only out when needed for extra lift right before touching down. The engine died just as I reached the main land, I was down to 800 ft already so not much extra glide time.
I kept it in the air as long as I could and set her down very gently in what I guess was a field. It was pitch black, landing using the view finder. It felt smooth, stopped quickly with the brakes since no idea what I was ‘driving’ on. Just short, so close!
920 NM range, erm no. I didn’t make it 756 NM, flying as high as possible to save fuel. I was forced down to to between 10 and 11K twice due to minor icing but still, the plane should have made it. I didn’t even have any passengers or luggage on board. Next time leave the co-pilot behind as well…
It should be better on the way back as I’ll be stopping by Madeira splitting it into two 490 NM flights. Good to know not to try anything above 700 NM anymore.
Leg 48 Santa Maria, Azores via Madeira to Sines, Portugal
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A tour around the Azores, then via Madeira back to Portugal
10-09 Santa Maria LPAZ 4:22 AM
10-09 Joao Paulo II LPPD 5:04 AM
10-09 Lajes AB LPLA 5:41 AM
10-09 Graciosa LPGR 6:13 AM
10-09 Corvo LPCR 7:29 AM
10-09 Flores LPFL 7:42 AM
10-09 Horta LPHR 8:55 AM
10-09 Pico LPPI 9:10 AM
10-09 Sao Jorge LPSJ 9:35 AM
10-09 Santa Maria LPAZ 10:58 AM 486 NM to next stop
10-09 Madeira LPMA 2:28 PM
10-09 Porto Santo LPPS 2:51 PM 10:13
10-09 Porto Santo LPPS 5:30 PM 496 NM to next stop
10-09 Sines LPSI 8:42 PM
Flight time 13:25 12 stops
Couple long auto pilot flights, set timer to switch tanks
My next destination was Madeira. The wind was looking good so I was toying with the idea to go straight there from São Jorge. However my old friend icing showed up again.
Not to risk another emergency landing I decided to stop at Santa Maria first (where I started today) for a full tank. It’s a lot faster to fly lower. At 5,000 ft my ground speed was 157 knots, instead of the avg 115 knots I managed flying at 18.5K ft. I did have a tail wind though. Currently I’m doing 148 knots at 9K ft trying to find a flight level with less headwind. It was 18 knots headwind at 5K feet, now 5 knots. (I’m still in the air from Porto Santo back to Portugal)
Still 84 minutes to Portugal, now doing 153 knots at 10K ft. Less wind up here. The weather radar is clear, looking good. I should be there at 8:40 pm with plenty fuel to spare.
Wheels on the ground at 8:42 pm. It was another unlit airport, yet clearly defined in synthetic vision, thus landing fs 4.0 style. I wonder if there is a way to increase the gain similar as with the drone. The ground is simply black, somewhere in the black spot is where the runway is. After landing and turning up the gain a couple notches in drone view it was perfectly visible and still looked like night. My pilot is night blind.
Leg 49 Sines, Portugal via Gibraltar to Santo Tome Del Puerto, Spain
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A couple big cities to explore while making my way towards Madrid. A new unfortunate first, the game completely locked up my system today. Black screen, no alt-tab, no ctr-alt-delete, nothing, dead. I had to force a reboot and thus lose everything that I hadn’t saved yet. Luckily I had nothing important open, scary.
10-10 Sines LPSI 4:50 AM
10-10 Lagos Airfield ULM LPLG 5:11 AM Algarve race track North
10-10 Faro LPFR 5:30 AM
10-10 Mafe - Gibraleon LEMF 5:50 AM estimate, data lost
10-10 Tablada LE85 6:20 AM estimate, data lost
Game lockup while exploring Seville, hard reboot required, all unsaved data lost.
Steam not connecting, end process, retry
10-10 Tablada LE85 6:58 AM
10-10 San Pablo (Seville) LEZL 7:29 AM
10-10 Rota Navy LERT 7:52 AM
10-10 Gibraltar LXGB 8:20 AM
10-10 Gibraltar LXGB 9:25 AM Marbella on the way
10-10 Malaga LEMG 9:58 AM
10-10 Aerodromo de Loja LEWH 10:14 AM Cute little airport
10-10 Cordoba LEBA 10:41 AM
10-10 Aerodromo de Guadalupe LEGU 11:45 AM
10-10 Aerodromo de Piedrahita LESW 12:21 PM
10-10 Fuentemilanos LEFM 12:45 PM
10-10 Santo Tome Del Puerto LETP 1:01 PM
Flight time 6:27 14 stops
Looks like a very fun circuit
Timelapse of the transformation the stadium went through
Tomorrow on to Madrid, then another shot at hopefully seeing the Pyrenees weather permitting.
Leg 50 Santo Tome Del Puerto to Zaragoza, Spain
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I didn’t get very far from where I started, and didn’t reach the Pyrenees as planned. There was simply too much to see along the way. Next week will be different, just one PG city left to explore (Barcelona) before leaving Europe behind. My average flying height has been 1,200 feet lately, lovely detailed areas. I imagine I’ll be flying quite a bit higher while exploring Africa.
Today, exploring the South-East of Spain
10-11 Santo Tome Del Puerto LETP 5:16 AM
10-11 Barajas, Mardrid LEMD 5:45 AM
10-11 Casas de los Pinos LEPI 6:51 AM
Restart, bad performance after Madrid, very long time to close the game
10-11 Casas de los Pinos LEPI 7:04 AM
10-11 AeroCieza LECE 7:36 AM Murcia on the way
10-11 Los Martinez Del Puerto LEMP 8:14 AM Cartagena South
10-11 Aeroclub Mar Meno LESJ 8:28 AM
10-11 Alicante LEAL 8:43 AM
10-11 Alicante LEAL 9:35 AM Benidorm on the way
10-11 Aerodromo forestal Castell de Castells 10:12 AM LECS
10-11 Campo de Vuelo de Xaraco 10:25 AM
10-11 Manises (Valencia) LEVC 10:52 AM
10-11 Manises (Valencia) LEVC 11:34 AM
10-11 Club ULM La Llosa LEDB 11:43 AM
10-11 Castellon De La Plana Aerodrome LECN 11:57 AM
10-11 Vinaros Airfield LECL 12:26 PM Nice spot, short runway
10-11 Deltebre LEDT 12:40 PM Beautiful almost on the beach
10-11 Cogullada (Zaragoza) LEZA 1:35 PM
Flight time: 6:45 14 stops
View from below, the path up starting at Barrio de Santa Cruz Alicante
If you look closely, one of the grey rooftops has an arrow painted on top. It’s there on Google and Bing as well. It’s a mystery arrow.
Great weather today, hopefully it holds out for the Pyrenees revisit tomorrow
I have to say this is quite the extraordinary thread! The amount of effort and hours that you have put in and the presentation is exceptional: MAJOR kudos to you!
Leg 51 Zaragoza, Spain via the Pyrenees and the Balearic islands to Algiers, Algeria
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Last leg in Europe, it was a great one. The weather held out for some amazing sights of the Pyrenees.
10-12 Cogullada (Zaragoza) LEZA 4:16 AM
10-12 Monflorite-Alcala LEHC 4:31 AM
10-12 Aerodromo Coscojuela de Sobrarbe LEPG 4:44 AM
Restart, can’t find next airport (typo), quit all the way for live weather not to bug out
10-12 Aerodromo Coscojuela de Sobrarbe LEPG 4:56 AM
10-12 Altisurface d’Aleu LFSQ 5:43 AM
10-12 La Quillane LFNQ 6:17 AM
10-12 Ampuriabrava LEAP 6:49 AM
10-12 Girona LEGE 7:04 AM
10-12 El Prat, Barcelona LEBL 8:01 AM Catalunya circuit North
10-12 El Prat, Barcelona LEBL 8:48 AM
10-12 Reus (Tarragona) LERS 9:12 AM Human towers Tarraco Arena
10-12 Menorca LEMH 10:28 AM
10-12 Ses Salines (S’Olivo) LESF 10:52 AM
10-12 Ses Salines (S’Olivo) 12:11 PM
10-12 Vilafranca de Bonany-Es cruce LEVO 12:21 PM
10-12 Aerodrom de Binissalem LEBS 12:31 PM
10-12 Palma De Mallorca LEPA 12:53 PM
10-12 Ibiza LEIB 1:30 PM
10-12 Houari Boumediene (Algiers) DAAG 2:32 PM
Flight time 7:58 15 stops
The mountains behind Baqueira are covered in ski slopes
Next to skiing you can visit Animal Park Angles in Capcir
Terraco Arena is where the human towers (Castell) of Catalonia are build. First documented in 1801, became a competition in the 1980s and declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010
Well renowned for it’s party lifestyle
My favorite DJ played in Ibiza as well, Tiesto
First time I saw him play was in the RAI in Amsterdam, 1999 Innercity. Amazing dance festivals
That set was amazing, I’m in the crowd there somewhere. I have most of his music on CD although I prefer Armin van Buuren for the more recent music.
Tiesto has become quite the celebrity and still going at age 51, I’m not far behind
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, October last year
Good way to end my tour of Europe, on to Africa. I landed in Algiers at night, can’t wait to see what I’ll find in Africa. I’m determined to visit all countries.
Leg 52 Algiers, Algeria to Zarzis, Tunesia
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Completely new territory for me and it’s awesome
10-13 Houari Boumediene (Algiers) DAAG 5:28 AM
Streaming issues, switched to off-line mode, restart
10-13 Houari Boumediene (Algiers) DAAG 5:51 AM
10-13 Soummam-Abane Ramdane DAAE 6:35 AM
10-13 Setif Ain Arnat DAAS 6:52 AM
10-13 Mohamed Boudiaf DABC 7:19 AM
10-13 Rabah Bitat DABB 7:46 AM
Restart, Autopilot turned suicidal
10-13 Rabeh Bitat DABB 7:55 AM
10-13 7 November DTKA 8:22 AM
10-13 Sidi Ahmed Air Base DTTB 8:42 AM
10-13 Sidi Ahmed Air Base DTTB 9:34 AM
10-13 Carthage DTTA 9:50 AM
10-13 Hammamet DTNH 10:17 AM
10-13 Habib Bourguiba DTMB 10:28 AM
10-13 Ksar DTTF 11:21 AM
10-13 Nefta DTTZ 11:45 AM
10-13 Gabes DTTG 12:23 PM
10-13 Zarzis DTTJ 12:41 PM
Flight time 5:49 13 stops
Tabarka 7 November renamed to Tabarka–Aïn Draham International Airport after the 2011 Tunesian revolution. Still named 7 November in the game.
I wonder what that pattern along the beach is, it’s also on google maps. I guess something to slow down erosion for the airport. It’s only there along the airport.
Tomorrow on to Libya before turning West towards Morocco along a lower latitude
Leg 53 Zarzis, Tunesia to Sebha, Libya
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Cool sights and a lot of nothing
10-14 Zarzis DTTJ 5:01 AM
10-14 Madaniyin DT70 5:23 AM Matmata North-West
10-14 Remada DTTD 5:59 AM
10-14 Okba Ibn Nafa HL77 6:26 AM
10-14 Tripoli Intl HLLT 6:54 AM
10-14 Mitiga HLLM 7:04 AM
10-14 Misurata HLMS 7:44 AM
10-14 Nanur HL83 8:03 AM
10-14 Gardabiya HLGD 8:43 AM
10-14 Matratin HL80 9:27 AM
10-14 Ras Lanuf Oil HLNF 9:39 AM
Streaming issues, switched to off-line mode, restart
CTD on startup, try again
10-14 Ras Lanuf Oil HLNF 9:53 AM
10-14 Marsa Brega HLMB 10:21 AM
10-14 Maradah Airport HLMC 10:44 AM
10-14 Zelten HLZT 11:02 AM
10-14 Zelten Sw New Airport HL50 11:19 AM
10-14 Maradah Airport HLMR 11:51 AM
10-14 Sebha HLLS 1:19 PM
Flight time 8:04 16 stops
The 1976 Star Wars movie, A new hope, was filmed here!
After As Sidr I turned South inland, Ufortunately by leaving the coast I also left the detailed imagery behind. Still very relaxing to fly over but not good material for screenshots. I did make one more when I a bit of detail popped up while the sun was setting
Somewhere close to Maradah
Leg 54, Sebha, Libya to Aoulef, Algeria
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10-15 Sebha HLLS 5:21 AM
10-15 Awbari HLAB 6:23 AM
10-15 Ghat HLGT 7:13 AM
10-15 Tiska DAAJ 7:42 AM
CTD when wheels touched the runway, restart
10-15 Tiska DAAJ 7:49 AM
10-15 Illizi DA10 8:48 AM
10-15 Illizi DA10 10:02 AM
Streaming issues, not receiving any data, server down? Restart
Weird issues, menu screen all messed up, Fly button greyed out, Restart
10-15 Illizi DA10 10:19 AM
10-15 Takhamalt DAAP 10:26 AM
10-15 I-n-Salah Airport (Amguid) DAIA 12:02 PM
10-15 In Salah DAUI 1:13 PM
10-15 Aoulef Airport DAAF --:-- No lights, no synthetic vision
10-15 Aoulef DAAO 1:58 PM No lights, synthetic vision landing
Flight time 6:59 8 stops
Wow, that was a truly amazing flight. From Awbari (HLAB) to I-n Salah (DAIA) Amguid is spectacular scenery wise, changing all the time, never disappointing. It starts off good right from Sebha (HLLS) and builds to an epic finish arriving in Amguid. (After that the detail level goes down but it was starting to get dark anyway)
Be prepared for a lot of screenshots…
Which is home to Sebha castle right next to the airport
This was the best available shot. It’s pretty funny what kind of pictures you find around here for google locations. In this spot someone uploaded a bunch of selfies and pictures of his kids posing in various places around the castle as if he was uploading to facebook (or whatever people use nowadays) So a shot of his car it is.
I had to divert from my first choice to land (DAAF), no lights and no data in synthetic vision. Luckily DAAO is nearby and although also no lights it does have the runway in the G1000. Landing FS 4.0 style
Sitting on the runway, it is really dark here at night.
Epic, epic flight. That was amazing.
Leg 55, Aoulef to Bou Sfer, Ain El Turk, Algeria
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10-16 Aoulef DAAO 5:15 AM
10-16 Reggane DAAN 5:40 AM
10-16 Touat Cheikh Sidi Mohamed Belkebir DAUA 6:12 AM
10-16 Adrar DAAR 6:28 AM
10-16 Timimoun DAUT 6:57 AM
10-16 I-n-Salah (KRECHBA, Ghardaia) DAIS 7:44 AM
10-16 El Golea (El Menia) DAUE 8:29 AM
10-16 El Abiodh Sidi Cheikh DA12 9:51 AM
10-16 Mecheria DAAY 10:31 AM
10-16 Mecheria DAAY 11:55 AM
10-16 Saida DA15 12:33 PM
10-16 Ghriss DAOV 12:42 PM
10-16 Tafaraoui DAOL 1:03 PM
10-16 Es Senia DAOO 1:09 PM
10-16 Bou Sfer DAOE 1:20 PM
FLight time 6:41 13 stops
A pretty calm flight back up to the Mediterranean coast after yesterday’s epic tour of the desert. Not all desert is captured equally, lot of low definition flying today compared to yesterday, much easier on the screenshots.
Yet that’s why I’m on this tour
Leg 56, Bou Sfer, Ein El Turk, Algeria to Sidi Bou Othmane, Morocco
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Exploring Morocco, unfortunately mostly low res detail
10-17 Bou Sfer DAOE 5:00 AM
10-17 Zenate-Messali El Hadj DAON 5:22 AM
10-17 Angads GMFO 5:36 AM
10-17 El Aroui GMMW 5:59 AM
10-17 Melilla GEML 6:10 AM
10-17 Cherif El Idrissi GMTA 6:31 AM
10-17 Ouezzane GMFA 7:10 AM
10-17 Saniat R’mel GMTN 7:35 AM
10-17 Ibn Batouta (Tangier) GMTT 7:52 AM
10-17 Ibn Batouta (Tangier) GMTT 8:27 AM
10-17 Tourisme GMMY 9:01 AM
10-17 Sale GMME 9:08 AM
10-17 Sidi Slimane GMSL 9:24 AM
10-17 Saiss GMFF 9:48 AM
10-17 Taza GMFZ 10:16 AM
10-17 Ifrane GMFI 10:51 AM
bad performance, Restart
10-17 Ifrane GMFI 10:58 AM
10-17 Beni Mellal GMMD 11:39 AM
10-17 Khouribga GMKH 12:04 PM
10-17 Benslimane GMMB 12:26 PM
10-17 Anfa (Casblanca) GMMC 12:42 PM
10-17 Mohamed V GMMN 12:49 PM
10-17 Sidi Bou Othmane Airport GMSI 1:20 PM
FLight time 7:38 20 stops
Mellila, this city apparently belongs to Spain
Melilla is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa, the other being nearby Ceuta. (Which is directly South of Gibraltar, which belongs to the UK…)
That tower sticking out behind my tail is the minaret from the Hassan II mosque
210m high minaret with a laser pointing to Mecca. The science nerd in me says, wait a minute, it should be angled into the ground to point at Mecca from Casablanca. That would be a bit of a liability issue of course, so it’s pointing slightly up to the East.
Here’s looking at you kid, Humpfrey Bogart, Casablanca 1942
Which has nothing to do with the city Casablanca, not filmed in Morocco nor based on the city
Tomorrow I’ll start with a little detour to the West, Jebel Ighoud, where the oldest known remains of Homo Sapiens have been found.
Epic post, Epic journey. Loved reading it from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time.
Leg 57, Sidi Bou Othmane, Morocco dipping back into Algeria to Lanzarote, Canary Islands
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10-18 Sidi Bou Othmane Airport GMSI 5:15 AM Jebel Irhoud about 53nm West, homo sapiens 315K years ago, 31.8801304,-8.8722705
10-18 Menara (Marakech) GMMX 5:57 AM
10-18 Ouarzazate GMMZ 6:55 AM
10-18 Agdz GMAB 7:29 AM
10-18 Zagora GMZA 7:51 AM
10-18 Mhamid (Fort Lofti) GMMG 8:40 AM
10-18 Tinfouchy DA13 9:22 AM
10-18 Tata GMTB 10:28 AM
10-18 Tindouf DAOF 11:13 AM
10-18 Al Mahbes Airstrip DATI 11:39 AM
10-18 Plage Blanche (Tantan) GMAT 12:43 PM
10-18 Tarfaya TFY 1:26 PM
10-18 Lanzarote GCRR 2:03 PM
Flight time 8:48 12 stops
I got back into the high detail band which I suspected would go on horizontally, hence I planned a bit of a detour back into Algeria for some more high detail desert landscapes. It was amazing! So much variation in desert landscapes.
First something truly amazing, Jebel Irhoud just North of Tlet Ighoud
Just an ordinary hill with some scratches on it, in reality an archeological dig site where the oldest known human remains have been found, dated back around 315 thousand years.
The first remains were found in the 60s, orginally thought to be off Neanderthals but later classified as Homo Sapiens. Additional exploration was done in the 90’s and since 2004. Google is more up to date with recent excavations.
Just a bit into Algeria I ran into this mysterious place
A long road to ruins? No info, it’s at 29.9919041, -4.9982142, called تابلبالة on Bing. However that leads to somewhere else. It does look like there is something there on Bing, less like ruins.
I wonder what these straight lines are
Bing has much more detailed data here, the crossing is at 28.981227, -6.784295 looks like tire tracks, that’s some straight driving. There are a lot of these tracks etched into the landscape
Nisanian Pentagram near the bottom
This looks better on Google yet no info on it
Tarfaya where La Casa Del Mar is sitting in the surf, build during the British ocupation in 1882
On the right Assalama ferry wreck, 2km South from Tarfaya, ran aground in 2008
It is on Bing, as well as the coast. I’m sure I was connected. Actually it said there was a connection problem and then “successfully connected” a few seconds later while flying along the coast. Perhaps letting the game run for 8 hours consecutively was too long.
I reloaded the area just now to check, looks the same still, not matching the detail on Bing maps. The game really needs an indication whether its streaming data or not. It’s hard to tell with how variable the data quality is and coastlines don’t look very good in general.
Thanks for the kind words. It’s not my first rodeo
I went into RP mode while exploring the galaxy because tbh, it became very repetitive. I see I have just passed my previous continuous ‘stint’ from Elite Dangerous where I ran out of steam on day 56. (Finished it half a year later)
No signs of slowing down here yet, Earth keeps surprising me every single day. I’ve always been interested in all the BBC Earth documentaries, this trip puts it all into perspective. So much history, culture, landscapes now tied to where it all is located on our planet.
I recently flew North from Abu Simbel to Cairo in Egypt (my RTW started in South Africa and has taken me up the East coast of Africa) and was struck by the amazing desert colours and textures - which, of course, can only really be appreciated fully from the air. Your shots from Algeria surpassed what I saw in Egypt, so I’ve made a mental note to give that area some time - some really amazing landscapes on your flights.