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Old 01-14-2014, 12:44 AM   #1
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Just a day trip up a mountain in Oman, that's all

So the motivation for this ride came from reading a webstory written by a friend back in the UK who had just gone out for the day on his bike, for no reason other than he really wanted to ride his bike that day. And where he was, it was cold, wet and raining. And where I am, it is warm, dry and sunny.

I had to get out on my bike again, it had lingered in the garage too long

The beast awakens a mighty DR650 (albeit with a big tank and pumper carb )



An extensive, professional roadbook is produced



the breakfast of champions is consumed



and soon I'm leaving the cultured, manicured surrounds of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman behind


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Old 01-14-2014, 12:56 AM   #2
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I want to go to the top of here

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:14 AM   #3
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So where in the world are we ?????

Right here....on the right hand side of the Middle East just below Iran and next door to Yemen




seemingly amongst all of the bad guys in the world

But in reality Omanis are amongst the most friendly and polite and respectful people in the world. Their hospitality to travellers is legendary and after a long period cut off from the outside world, they are opening up to tourism. That means sadly that things will change in the future but for the moment they are the nicest people in the world

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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Quite often weekend trips for off road bikers in Oman involve this



and a CRF450X



but today it's the turn of the DR650

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:26 AM   #5
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I have recently been reading a book about the 1924 expedition to climb Mount Everest with Irving and Mallory. Epic stuff. Hobnail boots, woolley hat. When it got cold, they put on an extra jumper.

Following in their fine tradition, I am heading up to about 5500 feet today so feel an extra jumper might be necessary.




I don't do ATGATT. Jeans, t-shirt, (jumper if it's cold) open face lid. I find it more friendly when passing through Omani villages to travel this way, and it encourages slow speed. Desert stuff on the CRF means full bdy armour, this sort of trip is relaxed

And so suitably attired, your correspondent hits the road




And heads for the hills


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Old 01-14-2014, 02:57 AM   #6
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I'm heaing into Jebel Akhdar through Wadi Satan (Akhdar means green in Arabic)

The riding is smooth and fun and not a car in sight for miles







The lowlands get a bit of rain, in a mostly arid country and with some cunning irrigation, there is a surprising amount of agriculture here - pomegranates, apricot, peach, walnuts







And here is where I want to end up in the village of Yasib




So up we go up, up, up

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Old 01-14-2014, 03:31 AM   #7
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There are many, many hairpin bends




This sign (of which there are many varieties on the side of the road) says Alham Du'Allah (Praise be to God) Given the nature of the road ahead, which you can see just above the sign, I'll take spiritual help, even as a Christian guest



Oddly, it is warm work this rding up the side of a mountain, so the brown jumper is discarded, and refreshments taken




Occasional glimpses below give a beautiful view of Wadis (river beds)



and then looking in the other direction shows the route taken so far

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Old 01-14-2014, 05:38 AM   #8
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To get to the top I had to go deeper into the mountains



and still kep going up



but it's a nice view at the top - No Giftshop or carpark though, sadly

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Old 01-14-2014, 05:50 AM   #9
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Nice excuse to go riding and a great result with beautiful pictures. Thanks.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:51 AM   #10
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nice.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:39 AM   #11
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lovely landscape! Thank you for sharing your adventure.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:07 AM   #12
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Nothing like this

Wow what a setting. I could live with those trails and the scenery forever. Maybe a local bar at the top would help but not a compulsion.

But the snicker redbull combinations does'nt go down well with me. Wonderful pictures, thanks again.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for sharing and taking us to a new part of the world. Very interesting!
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:42 PM   #14
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Fantastic! Loves me some switchbacks!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:35 PM   #15
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