Newsflash from Oman…..The 8th Wonder of the World Discovered!
On the 10th of June, three intrepid Oman Dirty Bikers would brave the desert & it's searing temperature to discover one of her closley gaurded secrets. Not many eyes have witnessed the discovery we are to share with you lucky readers:evil
So the bikers......Me, the author.
Ian (Grumpy) Greasby
The plan was to trailer the bikes from Muscat down to Mahoot, the small Bedou town on the fringes of the great Wahibba sands.
The Road Route shown below
We left Muscat at 17:00hrs for the 4 to 5 hour very boring road trip down to Mahoot. Grumpy passed the time away by drinking my beer and re-programming his GPS manually as he'd forgot to do it when he'd downloaded the route in to my GPS:evil
We arrived in the "hick and happening" town of Mahoot at just before 22:00hrs. We decided against the disco with the locals and checked in to the Mahoot "Smeg" Guest House ran by a hareem of Pakistani doctors. We were greeted with "how are you?" "how are you?" the question to any answer and the answer to any question for these gentlemen is "how are you?" The boys would be up and about for 05:00 the next morning.
The next morning greeted us with hideous humidity, at least it was relativley cool.:1drink
Our luxus hotel in the background as we prepped for the days adventure.
The misty effect is due to the humidity on the lens of the camera. Suited and booted we were off across the sand flats to greet the beautiful rolling dunes of the South Wahibba sands to discover the wonderous historical rellic she has kept secret for years.:D
Looks good! I'm going to fix your pic links so they appear directly, which is one of the great features of hosting your pics on smugmug.com.
I took on lead navigational duties and successfully navigated us in to a rather nasty set of dunes, soft, soft fesh fesh with some really nasty vertical drop offs. Below is my first technical laydown captured on camera. The humidity masking my shame:evil
Soon into this dune set and my front wheel washes out and I am miraculously lie flat out on my back on a dune slip face with the bike on top of me. Petrol pissing on to my legs and boots. Marcel helped me right it, and off we goes. My leg felt a distinct burning sensation. As soon as we reached a flat area we stopped.
A fine set of pins being washed of petrol.
Answers on a postcard if you can guess what's going on in the picture below:lol3
Soon after this picture was taken we gets out on to the beach for a stunning 30 oddish KM’s of beautiful easy riding taking in some spectacular scenery.
We then entered in to the big dunes in search of the 8th Wonder of the World. The dunes are huge with no vegetation on them. They are interspersed with very steep and large near vertical drop off’s. Soft sand blown by the continuous winds often lies on the tops of these magnificent drop off’s. Too much speed approaching a drop off then you will become Superman, to little speed and you become <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Spazz</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">Man.</st1:State></st1:place> Below is how to make a complete Bollocks of it.
You can see the back wheel buried in to the soft soft sand. The wind pattern on the sand denotes very very soft stuff.
Above the bike is positioned for a correct roll off from the top of a very steep drop off.
This one must have been a 60 or 70m drop off. If you look closely in the picture below you can make out the tracks at the bottom of the dune, these help to give some perspective.
These dunes are really stunning awesome riding. Probably not that many people on our planet have had the pleasure to adventure in these, I felt a right lucky and privileged git.
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We rode on and on, temperature was warm but o.k. as we were continually moving. More stunning dune scenery. We stop for a break to take on some energy by eating.
More to follow shortly.......:ricky
Glad you figured out the pic link thingy.. Beautiful riding in Oman :thumb
Nothing like beach riding...it's kinda like getting to the top of the mountain first and seeing fresh powder.:thumb
:lurk Amazing pics, how big are those tanks?
TouringDave, the tanks we have fitted are Acerbis 26L Tanks. They are perfect for this type of riding.....not to many places to tank up on this route:thumb
Back to the story...We conrinue on and on in the wonderful unspoilt dunes. Magnificent riding, temperture now rising quickly as it apporaches 10:00hrs.
We visit Very Big Huge Dune and make our way to the historic resting place of one of Oman's ancinet relics.
On the way to the location we pop out on to a gravel road. Marcel is someways behind. Grumps goes over the windrow, all I see are two feet making a perfect summersault over the bars. I frantically race for my camera to record the event......but Grumps was up on his feet dusting himself down. Life is just not fair sometimes. :ken Off we go, on, on
Grumps discovers his long lost love and immediatley dismounts to greet her....
I rush over to meet Landy for the first time
A true wonder of the world, she has lay here for many years untouched. The picture below when she was four years younger....
Left alone to be consumed by the desert.
Grumpy in 2005 when he conquered her for the first time, and yes readers those are pink trousers which still see the light of day, unfortunatley................ today:lol3
Marcel with Landy
Grumps riding over what's left of Landy
After bidding our farewells to Landy, we'll probably need a metal detector to find her next time:evil We head off back down toward the beach for making our way back, we'd done 120K's over some big big dunes so quite a ride to get back an out of the what would be hideous temperatures by midday. The ride back was the absolute "dogs bollocks" so, beautiful scenery and pictures to follow shortly......
On the way out of Landy's resting place down to the beach the boys were dismayed to see road construction well underway. Development is rapid in this country. Yet another place of untouched beauty will be defficated with rubbish and people soon. It's true what's accessible to people here gets littered and ruined unfortunatley:deal
On to the beach, thankfully there was a slight breeze to cool the radiators of the bikes, they would need it as the temperatures soared.
We still had one more important task to carry out before heading back.
Marcel's bike taking 5
Where the picture below was taken, we'd stopped waiting for Marcel who was taking photographs along the way. I said to Grumps "it doesn't get any better than this does it? Where in the world can you come and do rides like this? It's amazing":clap
More to follow shortly:ricky
The last objective for the ride was to get up on to the big white dunes hugging the coast line. These make for some fantastic photo opportunities with the stunning scenery. First we had to get up on to the dunes.
You can see the dune set just at the top of the beach
Grumps went at it first, he nearly made it but had to come down and make a second attempt. I also had to make two attempts, pictured (thanks Marcel :fyyff ) The sand was so soft
When I stood up in the sand to right my bike, I sank to over my boots, the sand was just streaming down, a really weird feeling. I get's down and then take anopther run at the dune, 3rd gear, gentley opening the throttle I make it up. Just too much throttle and the back end digs right in.
Marcel after watching us parctice make it up in one attempt.
We then proceeded to make some more shots in this stunning area. Some enlargements will be made and printed to be hung in the respective riders down stairs toilets. One will be going to Mellor in China as well 'cos he can't do ridin like this there:super
After this we get out of the dune set and start winding our way back to Mahoot. Thankfully there was still a slight breeze which we were riding in to. The track was on salt flats but very boring. We opted to straightline it cross country to Mahoot. 35K's in to this we realise it was not a fab idea as the whole ride in was over tiny sand dunes and camel grass...aw well it wasn't to bad. We pop out in Mahoot at 12:30, now that is a miracle and wonder of the world as we never ever seem to ride a route as planned:D
We load the bikes up, get changed and then head home. A curry stop made to brake the boredom up.
Some shots from the way home...
Above us back arriving in Muscat
Marcel' self portrait of his bike using his hands free camera
Well thats all folks. We all enjoyed oursleves immensley, a stunning ride out in some fantastic biking country.
Nearly 900km's (150L) of fuel for my car, 26 litres in each bike and I got change out of 25 Euros. Now where else can you have this much fun, riding in areas that have no boundries or restrictions and get change out of 25 Euro? It is the 8th Wonder of the World!:lol3
Hope you enjoy reading the report and seeing the pics half as much as we enjoyed riding it.:1drink
Cheap thrills indeed! It was worth the wait to see your shananigans with your riding buddies and seeing the unspoiled beauty of the desert! :thumb
Hell yeah! Great post. 120k on sand like that (x2?) is no freakin joke. Nice work boys!
Is there a story behind that truck or is it just a random desert discovery from a prior trip?
Sideoff, there is no story to my knowledge behind the truck. It's just something that was discovered on a ride and marked with a waypoint on the GPS for future. I wonder what it'll look like in another 12 months, maybe even hidden completeley.
Thanks for the fascinating look at the desert.
Good stuff, great riding! :thumb
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