Has anyone been to “Kbaikab Graveyard & Al Jayla Village” on Highway 17 between Quriyat and Sur along the eastern coast?! I TRIED getting there but to no avail! I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to directions and maps but the signs in Oman don’t always help!
The brown tourist sign for Kbaikab Graveyard and Jayla Village (most tourist site signs are brown in Oman) seems to point towards the ocean and then there’s a sign (seen above) pointing in the opposite direction towards the mountains for “Qur’ran”. Now I’ve been lost trying to get to Qur’ran before. You have to go up a steep, dangerous road which seems unfit for travel and the last time I tried, my car overheated and I had to turn around so I was pretty sure it wasn’t that way. But as I confidently drove towards the ocean, keeping my eyes out for some ancient graveyard or some kind of landmark, the road started getting worse and worse till it got to this point:
To say that the road was rough is quite an understatement! I couldn’t imagine driving this road without a 4X4. In fact, I couldn’t imagine what I was doing on it even though I was in a 4X4! When the road starting look like what you see in the pic above, I could imagine Gandalf’s voice screaming, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS! It’s often in times like this when I’m lost beyond belief that I find the most incredible spots. (Ain’t life like that!) This was the scene awaiting me past the rough road: