to Suez. WADI EL-HOMR. 10. Route. 513
the Wadi Suwik, to the N.W., passing a number of fine seyal trees
of great age. After 1 hr. the valley takes the name of Wddi Hobuz,
and in less than 1 hr. more it unites with the Wddi Nasb, which
almost immediately joins the Wddi Ba'ba', a valley leading to the
S.E. to the Hanak el-Lakam (p. 479). At the junction of the
Hobuz and Nasb valleys our route turns to the right, and leads
across the sandy table-land of Debbet el-Kerai in 3 hrs. to the
beginning of the Wadi el-Homr. Ascending a little towards the
middle of the lofty plain, we enjoy a fine view of the Sarbut el-
Jemel (2175 ft.), rising to the W. opposite to us, beyond the Wadi
Homr. To the left, in the distance, are picturesquely shaped
mountains with flat summits; to the right is the Tih range; and
behind us are the hills of Sarbut el-Khadem, the Jebel Gharabi,
and the distant Mt. Serbal.
We now descend to the broad route leading to Nakhleh (p. 508).
On the right rises the long Jebel Bida'. On the ground here we
observe a number of curious geological formations, consisting of
slabs and fragments of sandstone encrusted with nodules of iron
ore, with a large admixture of silica, grouped like bunches of
grapes. Some of these are perfectly spherical.
The Wadi el-Homr is a broad valley flanked by low limestone
hills. It is commanded on the N. side by the Sarbut el-Jemel (see
above). From this valley a path, practicable for camels, traverses
the Wddi Mesakkar and several other valleys, and leads direct
to the Wddi eth- Thai (p. 478). The regular route follows the Wadi
el-Homr to its union with the Wddi Shebekeh (see p. 478). Thence
to Suez, see pp. 478-474.
Bakpkkkr's Egypt I.