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Arabian Peninsula - Oman-Mountains - 42 - Wadi Bani Awf - On a treacherous road
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Jul 31, 2020 13:03:20   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Not much explaining to do here in this set: we are making our way down on the mostly narrow, fairly rough gravel and rock-strewn mountain road, frequently with sheer cliffs on both side of the road and have quite a few white-knuckle moments - while I am a fairly avid and adventurous driver myself, I was glad that I did not have to sit behind the steering wheel on this segment of the trip.

In a couple of photos, we find the "blue rocks" that some viewers in the earlier segments were mentioning.

Note that all of these pictures were taken from a moving car - whereby the word "moving" is a very generous label: leaping, jumping, shuddering, twisting and turning would basically be more appropriate descriptions.

I look forward to your comments and questions and recommend viewing the downloads.
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1 - Driving through the rugged Al Hajar mountains
1 - Driving through the rugged Al Hajar mountains...
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2 - Here we get the wide view and look down to possibly a road work camp
2 - Here we get the wide view and look down to pos...
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3 - Twists and turns and different hues in the mountains
3 - Twists and turns and different hues in the mou...
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4 - Great view onto contorted layers
4 - Great view onto contorted layers...
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5 - Close-up view of a section of the road, at center a ravine cut by periodic water flows
5 - Close-up view of a section of the road, at cen...
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6 - The ever-changing panorama continues
6 - The ever-changing panorama continues...
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7 - Lord of the Rocks: this goat might be wondering what these crazy humans are doing in his kingdom
7 - Lord of the Rocks: this goat might be wonderin...
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8 - A changing hue in the light of the sun
8 - A changing hue in the light of the sun...
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9 - A trickle of free-flowing water amidst ocher and blue tinted rocks: at left, our road leads through a calm water bed which could be a raging river when it is or was raining
9 - A trickle of free-flowing water amidst ocher a...
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10 - "Houston, we got a problem …." - passing a bunch of ascending cars is not an easy manoeuvre in this narrow location
10 - "Houston, we got a problem …." - passing a bu...
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Jul 31, 2020 13:05:54   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Nice!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:08:40   #
angler Loc: St Helens Lancashire England
 
Excellent set Joe.

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Jul 31, 2020 13:12:54   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
Gorgeous scenery, Joe. About how many miles did you have to travel on that wagon path?

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Jul 31, 2020 13:13:36   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Longshadow wrote:
Nice!


Thank you very much Bill

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Jul 31, 2020 13:18:50   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
angler wrote:
Excellent set Joe.


Thank you very much Jim!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:24:16   #
azted Loc: Las Vegas, NV.
 
Ya gotta love the GOAT!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:25:51   #
RobertW Loc: Breezy Point, New York
 
We drove that road in 3 LandRovers, almost always in 4 wheel and love gear. It’s as hairy as driving in the West of Ireland and Wales used to be!!!—-BUT worth the effort. Many thanks again for soldiering on and recording your trek!!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:27:48   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
NMGal wrote:
Gorgeous scenery, Joe. About how many miles did you have to travel on that wagon path?


Thank you Barbara - I am with you: Gorgeous and wild!

As to the distance, tough to say, I even looked at Google map and found the road from the mountain top, where the asphalt road stops down to the bottom of the valley where "civilization" returns - Google refused to give me the distance for the descent through Wadi Bani Awf, instead showed a "huge" detour 695 km/430 miles. I would very roughly guess that the distance was about 30-40 miles. It is easier to say how "long" it took us, as I can look at the time the photos were taken: it took us about 2:50 hours, including maybe 40 minutes for our picnic lunch break in the middle of the descent. So on the average going about 15-20 miles per hour sounds about right.

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Jul 31, 2020 13:30:35   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Wonderful landscape work, Joe!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:32:43   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
azted wrote:
Ya gotta love the GOAT!


Thank you Ted for looking in on the trip again! Yes, these goats were omnipresent and really added some "live" character to the rocky landscape - I loved them too and probably showed way too many in the past presentations. I believe there is only one more to come and then that's it for the goats!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:34:40   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
RobertW wrote:
We drove that road in 3 LandRovers, almost always in 4 wheel and love gear. It’s as hairy as driving in the West of Ireland and Wales used to be!!!—-BUT worth the effort. Many thanks again for soldiering on and recording your trek!!


Thanks, glad I could rekindle some memories Robert!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:35:57   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
UTMike wrote:
Wonderful landscape work, Joe!


Thank you Mike for your kind comment - yeah, I loved it over there!

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Jul 31, 2020 13:43:58   #
rgrenaderphoto Loc: Hollywood, CA
 
weberwest wrote:
Not much explaining to do here in this set: we are making our way down on the mostly narrow, fairly rough gravel and rock-strewn mountain road, frequently with sheer cliffs on both side of the road and have quite a few white-knuckle moments - while I am a fairly avid and adventurous driver myself, I was glad that I did not have to sit behind the steering wheel on this segment of the trip.

In a couple of photos, we find the "blue rocks" that some viewers in the earlier segments were mentioning.

Note that all of these pictures were taken from a moving car - whereby the word "moving" is a very generous label: leaping, jumping, shuddering, twisting and turning would basically be more appropriate descriptions.

I look forward to your comments and questions and recommend viewing the downloads.
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Not much explaining to do here in this set: we ar... (show quote)


Awesome road. Great images.

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Jul 31, 2020 13:57:31   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
rgrenaderphoto wrote:
Awesome road. Great images.


Thank you very much for looking in on the ongoing travelogue and your kind comment!

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