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  • Day183

    A touch of Caribbean

    February 28 in Oman

    We left the sand dunes and sand storms behind us and got to another beautiful Wadi. Compared to most of the other Wadis we've seen, the Wadi Tharif is definitely located off the beaten tourist track. So there was only us, wild palms, a beautiful lagoon and a picturesque beach. It felt quite surreal to find such a place on the edge of the desert which turned out to be not only an oasis for us, but also for plenty of animals such as flamingos, pelicans, and seagulls as well as sheep, donkeys and camels.Read more

  • Day200

    A green stripe of verdurous plantations separates the city from the sea and creates a peaceful atmosphere at the beautiful beach - there’s actually nothing going on except for the time around sunset when the locals drive by.

    Life in Salalah is going really slow and we loved it: We loved the relaxed atmosphere. We loved to drink and eat fresh coconuts and fruits as we were sitting in the shade of the plantations. We loved to hang out between the palms at the beach. We loved to cycle around without luggage to explore the surroundings. We loved to cook delicious food in the apartment we had rent for this week. We loved the samosa, falafel and cakes from the bakery around the corner. And we realized how much we love the last 1.5 months we spent in Oman. We cycled more than 2000km here and actually camped every night except for our time in Muscat and Salalah, so this country is perfect for travelers who love to spend a tranquil time out in nature.

    And wow, we’ve been 200 days on the road, time flies! Here are some statistics:

    Distance cycled: 9862km (incl. 503km of sight cycling)
    Cycling days: 139
    Avg. distance on cycling days: 67.3km
    Longest cycling day: 115km
    Max. speed: 66km/h
    Wild camping: 98 nights
    Host: 43 nights
    Hostel/Guesthouse: 33 nights
    Hotel: 17 nights
    Official camping spot: 5 nights
    Ferry: 3 nights
    Rain days: 8 on our bikes, 3 in a warm accommodation (no rain since 11 Nov in Azerbaijan.. :))
    Flat tires: Hauke 4:1 Silke
    Hitchhiking: 5 times
    Climbed passes >2000m: Several in Iran, one in Georgia, one in Oman
    Consumed falafel, sangak, lentils, dates: Uncountable

    Cheers!
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  • Day193

    A sight and a beach

    March 10 in Oman

    The closer we got to the UNESCO archeological site of ancient Khor Rori, the more we got aware that we did not only find an interesting historical place which was famous for exporting Arabian frankincense out into the world, but also a beautiful beach with water on both sides. Our decision to stay the rest of the day and overnight was quickly made - meanwhile, we can't imagine to fall asleep without the sound of the sea anymore.Read more

  • Day170

    The three cities

    February 15 in Oman

    Separated by sharp mountain ridges,
    Muscat comprises a long string of suburbs spanning a distance of 50km. More or less the city is divided into the three districts Mutrah, Ruwi and Old Muscat.

    We found Mutrah to be the best place to be as the district stretches along a nice corniche. Especially at sunset when the evening light creates a special atmosphere we loved to stroll along the waterfront - or just sit outside in a restaurant and watch the people.

    As these days, the Sultanate of Oman is a kind of dead end by land, it was time to do some planning. We knew that we wanted to spend more time in Oman and turned options over in our minds, especially Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with their different climates. Eventually, we chose Nepal to tackle the Himalaya! Thus, we booked flights from Salalah to Kathmandu which means: 1500km more to cycle in Oman, yeah!

    Quick note: The super yacht 'Al Said' berthed in the Port of Muscat in Mutrah is one of the largest in the world and belongs to the Sultan of Oman, Qabus Ibn'Said. It was proudly built by Lürssen near our hometown.
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  • Day190

    We found our paradise

    March 7 in Oman

    There was this super steep downhill run, we literally dropped down to sea level, 700m on less than 10km. It was noontime, the sun was burning on our skin - and we knew that it would go up again as steep. We looked left into the wadi, saw the palms, saw that there was water (water in a wadi!) and could hear waves breaking somewhere. So let's go there, it seems to be a nice place (procrastination?)!

    It is called Wadi Suneik on our map and there was definitely no other option than staying the rest of the day and spend the night there :)

    We were actually running out of water, but luckily, we found a water canister with about 4 remaining liters we could use for cooking because the water in the wadi was too salty and there are no facilities, nobody and nothing, nature in its pure beauty. Strolling around the untouched palms felt somehow wild and bewildering and the vegetation made the access to the water a bit difficult.

    The real challenge was an access to the beach we could hear but not see. Swimming through the wadi for about 2km could have been an option, but too exhausting, so climbing along the rock face seemed natural, exhausting as well, but the effort provided a wonderful beach. Fishermen passing by were a bit surprised...

    Days like this feel like a real, natural adventure, we didn't know that this place exists, we didn't expect anything (except the steep drop and climb of the road we were not really looking forward to), we discovered this place by accident and explored it on our own, without any information. We spontaneously decided to spend the night there and listened to the 'concert of the jungle' at night, a starry sky above the palm roof. Our paradise.
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  • Day192

    Curiosity

    March 9 in Oman

    In the light of the recent, sad event and because we also see a connection to traveling, here a phrase Stephen Hawking once made up:
    'Look up at the stars, and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.'

  • Day172

    Water fun

    February 17 in Oman

    The sinkhole near Bimmah appeared on our map at the right time - both days after leaving Muscat were above 30 degrees with no wind. Thus, we didn't hesitate to jump into the pretty cold water! And we were not the only ones, it was holy Friday and there were many Omanis besides the tourists.

    Next day we got to the popular Wadi Shab, the first one with water we would see - and a spectacular one! A boat took us to the other side and after a 45 minutes hike we could jump into chilled water again, swim upstream and dive through a tight crevice into a cave with turquoise water. The absolute adrenalin rush (for Hauke) followed after climbing up along the inside of the cave and diving into the deepness :)Read more

  • Day174

    On the road

    February 19 in Oman

    There's always a lot going on in our everyday life as cyclists in Oman, here are a few things:

    Omanis love huge cars, their SUV's and pickups can't be big enough and they love to slow down next to us, do some smalltalk, invite us to their homes (not always seriously.. it's more their kind of 'Taruf') and pull their smartphone to take videos and photographs. And, they love to not leave their cars and if so, they keep it switched on to keep the AC running. Must be a habit coming from the incredible hot summers.. Whenever we sit in a restaurant or coffee shop, they stop in front of it, start honking and wait for the waitstaff to come and place their takeaway order. By the way, we've never seen a woman working in a restaurant nor an Omani woman eating there with her family. Fathers sometimes come with their kids, but it's absolutely a male domain.

    And while we're writing about restaurants, there is something more: In the non-touristy restaurants, cutlery is taboo. You get some nice, warm, fresh, greasy bread and grab your lentils, beans and other veggies with that, yummy! And for some reason, compared to our, other tables always look like a mess after the Omanis finished their meals, maybe they should introduce some tools..

    Whenever we enter an Omani house, hotel or something, it is likely to happen that we end up in an intense fume. Burning incense that is made from myrrh is an old tradition and the Omanis like to hold their headgear above it and quickly put it back on their head then, or, more astonishing, put it between their feet, standing above and waiting for the fume to fill their Thawb :)
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  • Day176

    Wadi Bani Khalid

    February 21 in Oman

    There is only one road and to get there you have to climb a super steep, 18% average ascent for about 3km. And you have to do it twice (if you not decide to stay in the Wadi for the rest of your life) because the mountain ridge simply is 'standing in the way'.

    It's great that the Omanis take it easy with us, so that we could pitch our tent 20 meters from the natural pools. Although this site is being overrun with tourists doing a daytrip from Muscat every noon, we had a quiet, refreshing and relaxing time - there's nobody in the mornings and people disappear quickly in the afternoon to see the sunset in the Wahibah Sands. Perfect for us and we decided to stay another night to enjoy the pearl of beauty.Read more

  • Day186

    Coastal remoteness

    March 3 in Oman

    Oman has an almost endless coastline, more than 3000(!)km, and there are just 4 million people living in this country. Not surprisingly, we encountered only very few people and cars, most of them fishermen or fishermen in their pickups with huge ice boxes full of fish on their truck beds.

    Fishing is an important income source for the Omanis, they fish with bow nets and small boats along the coast or traditional dhows a bit further out. We've heard that the fishing grounds are rich and the way they fish is still away from industrial exploitation. Fingers crossed that industrial fishery doesn't take over. But we've passed a few construction sites around Al Duqm where a large fishing port and infrastructure is being built...

    And in a newly opened museum in the Mirbat fort we recently learned that Oman is still catching sharks for their fins. 'The demand from Far East is increasing' it says. Cruel.

    It's been getting hot and hotter these days so we've celebrated every tree or shelter that would give some shade with a nourishing break (we've started cooking pancakes from mashed bananas, eggs and oats, cinnamon and peanut butter on top, yummy!) underneath. Otherwise, a jump into the crystal clear waters is the only way to cool down (a bit).
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Sultanate of Oman, Oman, ኦማን, Omán, عمان, ܥܘܡܐܢ, Аман, Оман, Omaŋ, ওমান, ཨོ་མན།, Oman nutome, Ομάν, Omano, Omaan, Óman, ઓમાન, אומן, ओमान, Omàn, Օման, オマーン国, ომანი, Omani, អូម៉ង់, ಓಮನ್, 오만, عومان, Omaani, Ománɛ, ໂອມານ, Omanas, Omane, Omāna, ഒമാൻ, အိုမန်, ओमन, ଓମାନ୍, Omã, Uman, Omâni, ඕමානය, Cumaan, ஓமான், ఒమాన్, โอมาน, ʻOmani, Umman, ئومان, Ummon, Ô-man, Lomän, Orílẹ́ède Ọọma, 阿曼, i-Oman

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