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Talking Salalah - Sana

Hi, will leave Salalah on Sunday for Yemen. Anyone around interested in joining me for the trip down?

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Hi, will leave Salalah on Sunday for Yemen.
Glad you arrived safely, Ivan.
If you're taking the coastal road (which is a fantastic engineering feat), the Mughsayl blowholes are at N16 52.611 E53 46.069.

Watch out for the small frankincense tree valley on your right as you head into the mountains.
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same here, I'm really gutted I couldn't come with you but i'm advertising's bitch at the moment, it all about the almighty dirham!. If you come back this way let me know we can meet up for a !!

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Have fun on your trip, Ivan!

Fill your tank in Salalah, as you may not get any gas for a long distance. If you have the time check out my trip on the same route earlier this year: http://beddhist.googlepages.com/yemen1

I think I have uploaded tracks and waypoints to the forum on smellybiker.com.

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same here, I'm really gutted I couldn't come with you but i'm advertising's bitch at the moment, it all about the almighty dirham!. If you come back this way let me know we can meet up for a !!

Enjoy!
Sheiky
I've just bought new tyres today so anytime you want to do a local trip and want some company...

And what kind of 'almighty dirham' do you get? The rest are us are stuck with one that's linked to the dollar and sinking fast.

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New tyres you say! I have been hounding the continental dealer to stock some TKC's but its like trying to draw blood from a stone!!! Anyway I digress, [I] am up for riding anytime over the weekend, but I really would like to take a trip down to salalah end of sept for a week or so. If your interested, let us know i'm gonna see if i can get a few people together!
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I really would like to take a trip down to salalah end of sept for a week or so. If your interested, let us know i'm gonna see if i can get a few people together!
Sorry to hijack your thread, Ivan.

Salalah for me could only be done in either Eid (around 13th October & 20th December) or around National Day (2nd December) as they will be longer than a two-day weekend.

Weather-wise, the earlier you go the better. The khareef is from June - September although I went last October and it was still beautifully green.
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Sounds like a blast, I'm in the States at the minute so can't make it.

Post photos!

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Smile Leave Oman tomorrow!

Howdy,

Shieky, you missed it mate. As soon as youy ride over the mountains here your in totally different country. Like the back roads of the Lake District! It is so green here and I bet you could even surf here as well! It rained here yesterday and yes I got wet but was great to ride around the hills and experience another side of Oman apart from the desert. It is a long boring ride down tho but was good to be on the bike.

Ok tyres, I managed to get the guys from BMW Muscat to give me the set off of the R1150GS that theu have there. Oh they had 2 new bikes go underwater during the cyclone so they are insuranc jobs now. A R1200GS and a F650 GS Dakar! Someone may be able to pick these up off of the insurance company very soon for a good price. They have only been under so shouldn't be too big a drama?

Any way, there is a guy in Switzerland who will land tyres in Muscat in 8 days (Swiss Post) or 2 days (DHL) but DHL is more than double. Name is Andi and web site is www.sk-parts.ch or call on +41 5265 43813, he stocks a great range of tyres and you can pull the catalogue off his site. Tell him that I gave you the contact.

Hi Peter,

Yes mate I have read your site and have made some notes, I also got a email from Lars and have decided to go the same way that you did. I have the wanderlust software and yes your info is in it, thanks very much.

Oh FYI too, It is very east to get a Yemen visa in Muscat, my wife had no problem and she is Indonesian, cost is 12OMR and took about 3 hrs. The one for Djibouti was a different story as it is issued through the French Embassy and cost 31.50 OMR!!!!

Thanks guys and keep in touch.

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