The drive around the highlands is peaceful. The main trail is well kept and maintained for tour operators to bring their clients to the beehive tombs site at ease. Going off that track is more challenging, but a bit more fun. Going back down towards wadi Finn, wadi Tiwi or wadi Shab, offers steep descents, which I take with an immense pleasure. By now I’m used to it and lost all fear. The Wadii I just mentioned are the main reason people come to this part of Oman. Gorgeous canyons cutting through the limestone, offering fantastic treks and great swimming opportunities, they are a must see. However, this time a year is a bit too hot to venture on foot, and I will have to come back at a later date to fully appreciate it. For now, I must stick to the comfort of my car and its air-conditioning.
It feels odd getting back to the beach, knowing this was my last day in the mountains. Tonight will be the last night of this trip, camping by the water near the archeological site of Qalhat. Tomorrow, I will get back on the tarmac and drive all the way back to Dubai. Overall this ride through the mountains has been a wonderful adventure, full of surprises. Majestic nature, wonderful people, it helped me understand the true soul of this region. A region I hope these last few posts will make you want to come down and see for yourselves. It can’t be rushed through, instead deserves all your attention and the proper time to truly appreciate and learn from as I did… As it will change you for ever !