January 20, 2008 GMT
Departure

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Packed and ready to leave.

After huge amounts of paperwork and Bush and rain delays we are finally ready to leave on our 15 000 km journey. It has been many years of planning and the moment has finally arrived.


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates sending us on our way.

We chose this location as our starting point as it is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world ,classified as a seven star hotel. Here we are being sent on our way by one of Dubai' s residents.


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Jerry pitching tent on first night by the sea UAE, Gulf of Oman.
(Reality strikes)

Posted by Lionel Haggard at 06:31 AM GMT
January 28, 2008 GMT
Entering Oman

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Overnight accommodation in Muscat.

We crossed the border from the UAE to Oman without any incident and made our way to Muscat, the capital of Oman. The roads were great and the weather perfect for bike riding. On arriving in Muscat we found the city to have similar traffic problems to Dubai and beeing on motorcycles had its advantages. We found a place to have supper and met some wonderful people and were offered free accommodation for the evening in a dress shop which we gratefully accepted.


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Not too late to turn back.

The ride from Muscat to Salalah was through typical desert terrain with the roads in reasonable shape. Not much traffic and again great desert scenery. Salalah is known as the holiday capital of Oman and we would have liked to have stayed longer but we still have many miles to travel.

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Camel watching

We encountered many camels wandering the desert and the camel warning signs need to be taken seriously as they have a tendency to wander along the roads and are in no hurry to get out of the way.

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Wild camel wandering the desert.

Posted by Lionel Haggard at 01:01 PM GMT
Entering Yemen

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About to enter Yemen

The ride from Salalah to the Yemen border along the coast is some of the most spectacular biking that you are likely to find any place in the world. This is a good road through mountain passes with numerous hairpin bends and one needs to ensure that you are not to distracted by the stunning scenery and views.

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Camping in Yemen.


We are attempting to camp as much as we can along the way as there is the obvious cost saving and also experiencing the nature and outdoors of the countries we travel through.
As can be seen from this picture there are plenty of wide open spaces that can be utilized for camping.


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Jerry enjoying a local meal at a fishing village somewhere in Yemen.

We decided to take the coastal route through Yemen and we were not disappointed by what we saw and experienced in this region of the country. The local food we found delicious and cheap and although there are few Yemeni’s that speak English they were always happy to help and try and understand what our needs were. Fuel is also very cheap and there is no shortage of petrol along the way.


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Bikes and us on back of truck.

We had our first mechanical problem about 600 kilometers from Sana’a when the BMW’s clutch started playing up. It fortunately finally gave out in a town where we were able to silicate the help of the local police and arrange a truck to take us and the bikes to Sana’a. We spent an interesting night on the back of the truck with the bikes but did see some spectacular scenery during the daylight hours and we were obviously disappointed not to have been able to do this stretch of road on the bikes.

Posted by Lionel Haggard at 02:13 PM GMT
 

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