For the second time, I’ve managed to get to Sur and back to Muscat without seeing anything in Sur! My meeting was at the harbour outside the town and we drove back immediately after.
The journey, on the other hand, was a different story. Driving this route needs constant attention to the road, conditions, bends, goats, taxi drivers, and sane drivers. Luckily, I wasn’t driving this time so I enjoyed the scenery. Unlike Kuwait, Oman really is decentralised. There were small towns dotted around all the way to Sur. That’s four hours through the mountains! The towns are different but they have common factors. They sit around Wadis – small valleys with water running through it during heavy rain – and there is always a cute (I honestly can’t think of a better word) mosque visible with small houses surrounding it. It’s such a pretty sight that keeps repeating in a different composition each time.
The way back was shorter. We took the new coastal route which is still under construction. It’s almost completed and was only delayed because of the damage sustained during hurricane Juno. With construction traffic still on the road and many diversions, it still saved us almost two hours! I should mention that Oman has excellent roads.
I will get an afternoon free tomorrow. I will finally get a chance to at least see Muscat properly.