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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

  • Day38

    Khasab Oman

    November 5 in Oman

    Ein kurzer stop in Khasab, bevor wir wieder 4 Tage auf see sind. Auf dem weg zum Supermarkt, da es sonst nix anderes gab, sind wir vielen Ziegen begegned.

    Ziemlich öde und voller Schmuggler dieser Ort. Im Supermarkt angekommen, dachte ich ich wäre in ein anders Land, dieser Markt hatte einfach alles und war mega sauber und einfach nur riesig. Total verrückt

  • 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

  • Day159

    Hospitality continues

    February 4 in Oman

    Our first interactions with the Omanis made the impression that they would be more unobtrusive than the Iranians - but as kind and helpful. It didn't take long and we were invited into some houses for, no, not tea, but Omani coffee and dates. They grow a lot of dates in Oman and refine them with sesame or spices. The delicious coffee is flavored with cardamom and cloves and served in mini cups :)

    We should also learn how steep the Omanis build their roads. We had heard that before and since then pushing our bikes has become part of our daily cycling. However, the hard work is worth it! :)
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  • Day167

    Gulf of Oman is calling

    February 12 in Oman

    After adventure cycling the high altitudes of the Al Hajar Mountains our plan was to head back to the sea. Doing so we decided to avoid big highways, took mainly side roads and eventually felt like test drivers of the 'Tour of Oman' circuit that would take place a few days later.

    We enjoyed cycling through lower foothills and passed by several wadis and green oasis villages where we usually stopped by to escape from the hottest time of the day and have lunch.

    It happened that we met Lena & Silvio again, cyclists from Germany we met in Northern Iran for the first time. This time the two of them had Felix over, a friend and bicycle enthusiast from home. We ended up in the same spot for the night, played skat under a big acacia till night and got back on the road as a team of five the next morning.

    We reached the sea in Sib, where we pitched our tent at the beach and enjoyed the regained, pleasant sea breeze.
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  • 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.'

  • Day157

    Oman, here we are!

    February 2 in Oman

    We decided to not do what everybody does (cycle the highway to Ibri and Nizwa), used the border crossing east of Al-Ain and went straight into the mountains. A great decision!

    The roads were paved, there were no cars and the scenery was beautiful - the perfect start into a new country we're really looking forward to. But there were no ATMs as well, and nobody wanted our credit cards... Luckily we carried enough provisions for 3 days and they have public drinking water supplies everywhere along the roads.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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