To leave the beaten path, discover the unknown, the possibility to fail. This is what motivates us to take a leap in the dark. There is no better place to do this than in Sinbad’s home country, a pristine place that has only opened its doors to tourism a few years ago. Welcome to Oman.
25000 square miles of desert, 1700 km of coastline and mountains up to 9000 ft / 3000 m ensure a diversity of the extremes in a small space. A nature spectacle that has yet to bet met can be found up here at the Jebel Shams Plateau, the highest point of the Arabian peninsula: The Grand Canyon of Oman. A very airy trekking route leads along its dizzying edge. The Balcony Walk. The vertical walls of the Wadi Nakhar fall 3000 ft / 1000 m into the depth and pull at our nerves.
Our path to the ocean also leads us to the hostile areas of the Oman - the desert. We fill up on supplies to be well prepared and take the opportunity to roam the exotic markets. Our idea to take our bikes into the Wahiba Sands and spend the night there causes some commotion. The Beduins have never seen anyone with a bike before. We also notice right away that it’s not the best mode of transportation in the deep, loose sand. But the amazing starry sky makes up for all our troubles.
It's one of natures biggest geologic museums, the variety of rock is unmatched on this planet and riding the mountains of Oman is a pleasure. A very rough pleasure. The coastal town of Sur lies only a day-trip away from the desert. Up to this day the Dhaus, the traditional wooden boats, dominate the appearance of the fishing village. Sur is considered to be one of the possible birth places of Sinbad the Sailor. The contrast of the white houses and the deep blue sea cast a spell on us.Wikipedia says:
An adventure in an exciting or unusual experience. It’s about leaving your known surroundings and social network, to try something bold or risky that promises to be interesting, fascinating, or dangerous. Nothing could describe our trip to Oman better: a real adventure.
Rider: Gerhard Czerner / Bernhard Baumgartner
Film: Infinitetrails.com / Sebastian Doerk
Bilder: Martin Bissig