its been a long time since i did a proper multi day ride, the last one being an year ago !!! so here goes.... its been kinda "in the schedule" every year, for me to ride/drive down to Dubai/Abudhabi, meet a few friends, catch up on some old times and then do some exploring around the UAE. Last time, we (me n SWMBO) went riding to UAE on a predominantly tarmac ride - Link This year, i was riding alone, and planned to do some off-roading in the wadis (dry river beds) of UAE and some mountain roads (which would provide respite from the 45+ DegC heat of the arabian deserts. The ride from Saudi to Dubai/Abudhabi is pretty un-eventfull and boring 900kms (except if you get stuck in a sand storm - like i did on my way back ) so no pics of that stretch. we'll jump to the start of the off road section. This is at the start of the first off-road section at a town called Ghail The place looks like a ghost town with no people in sight, but the reality is that they are all huddled indoors to escape the in-human heat of the summer with only an occasional SUV or two passing by, with the drivers enthusiastically waving/honking at you (cos you are crazy enough to be riding there) A few hundred meters later i came across this small dam built to retain water. The direct route is impeded by the dam wall, and the bypass has been fenced off with barbed wire (which i obviously don't want to remove) The terrain is extremely rocky and pretty technical at places where there are river beds of gravel & the rocks get slippery due to algae growth. But this place is a canyon and some trees provide for much needed shade, so i stop for a while and take some rest. at this moment i also notice on the GPS that i'm off-track, so i need to get back to the last fork in the road and find out the right track. Getting lost in 45+ DegC heat, with 1/2 liter of water is not advisable .