12-Feb-2003 -- After having already spent some 40 hours in the car totalling 2,600 km on the occasion of our trip from Riyāḍ to Oman via Dubayy, we pursued our journey along the coast of the Oman sea heading towards the extreme edge of the Arabian peninsula (Ra's al-Ḥadd) to watch the turtles laying their eggs on the beach where themselves got born years ago.
On our way back to Saudi Arabia, we decided to catch an easy point located west of the Āl Wahība sands. We intended to follow a track that seemed to run southwards and should have brought us not far from the targeted point. In fact, once on site, the track proved to be a tar road that starts from Sanāw (a small city nested within a palm grove, situated between al-Mintirib and Ādam), crossing Barzamān (20 km south) and continuing south. To our surprise, our direction was gradually diverging from our goal, running southwest, prompting us to leave the easy road and drive 18 km in a typical sand and gravel zone with small hills made of mixed stone and sand scattered around.
We reached the point that eventually turned out to be a few hundred meters from the 200 km old track, deeply eroded due to former high traffic by Bedouins between Sanāw and southern cities and camps. Once done we continued our trip in direction of the old city of Nizwā.