Masirah Island was worth the trip even though the wind was just shy of gale force. There is a good road that circles around the perimeter of the island with dirt tracks that shoot off in all directions, either up into the interior or down to the sandy beaches. Fishing is obviously the main source of living for most people and tourism seems pretty undeveloped. The main town of Hilf in the north (where the ferry is based) is really the only place on the island to buy supplies of any kind. We ended up camping in a beautiful sandy cove with big black rocks on either side of us, and thousands of feisty ghost crabs all about. The stars were as bright and plentiful as I've seen in a very long time.
We left took the ferry back to the mainland and headed south along the "coastal" highway. This term is used lightly when referencing the bit between Muhut and Shalim which is where we stopped for the night last night. It was a very long day of desolate flatness and the coast was not within our sight. Even the goat/camel sightings became far and few between. We had a gallon of Mountain Dew and a Kit Kat each for breakfast/lunch so that kept us alert.
We managed to find a room in Shalim which we considered ourselves very lucky as we hadn't seen any rooms all day and Shalim is a very small little town. Had a huge dinner of chicken, rice, spicy dal and some raw veggies. Slept really well after that day!
Woke up this morning and embarked on what has so far, been one of the most beautiful drives we've even seen. Starting in Shuwaymiyyah the road hugs the coast but climbs steeply up and down through huge wadis (canyons). The road appears to be brand new but there isn't hardly a soul on it. We drove for two hours and encountered two vehicles. Stopped in a village called Hadbaran to boil some water for coffee and Kelsey to fish off a jetty that was calling his name.
Just arrived about an hour ago in Salalah and planning to stay for a couple of days after doing a lot of driving. Hoping to get some laundry done and check out one of the souqs tomorrow. Bob - you probably know your way around Salalah....where is the best souq?