8 Years Nearly Eastward
The Old Silk Road
(From Nahom) "we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth." (Note that he doesn't say due east, but rather in a generally easterly direction.) (I Nephi 17:1).
"And we did sojourn for the space of many years, yea, even eight years in the wilderness." (I Nephi 17:4).
Almost no fires were lit while traveling (to avoid dangerous groups) (I Nephi 17:12). The Great Wall of China was started at this time because of various warrior central Asian tribes.
Lehi (before the trip) described white as, "to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen." (I Nephi 8:11).
Nephi (after the trip) described the same white as, "did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow." (I Nephi 11:8).
"And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful (in Asia), because of its much fruit and also wild honey." (I Nephi 17:5).
Bountiful (in Asia) had:
1. Ore (I Nephi 17:10).
2. Flint (I Nephi 17: 11).
3. A cliff overlooking deep water
(I Nephi 17:48).
4. A unique ship design of worked timbers (I Nephi 18:2).
5. Saudi waters has worms that would have eaten the boat.
6. Wood. The keel of an ocean going vessel must be of sufficient size, length, and strength. Buying teak shipped from India (to Saudi) as has been suggested is not a reasonable option. China has adequate wood, keel hardwood, ore, fruits, and honey.
Rand McNally, "New Millenium Atlas"