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Old 09-25-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Algeria .... thirty years ago

Thirty years ago, it was easy to go to Algeria for a Frech motorbiker.

Just to ask for a visa.

After, there were three solutions; To go to Algéria by crossing Marocco, or Tunisia or to arrive directly by ferry boat.

The first time, in 1985, we chose Tunisia. It was a good solution to go first to this country opened to the tourism. Indeed, the stay in this country was very pleasant.













When we entered in Algeria, we were more worried.

The custom formalities were long but we met an Algerian there who invited us at his home, in his city, 100 kilometers from there. We were warmly welcomed.

The next days, we were impressed by the rectilinear roads, the heat, the rare traffic. We had a feeling of vulnerability and our journey took another dimension.








We visited Ghardaïa The atmosphere was particular, vehicles having ban to circulate in the streets of the city. We met a Mozabite which friendly showed us his district.




On this deserted road, we had the feeling to go into another world and we rode hours surrounded by some sand, a poor and rare vegetation. The desert was more and more present and the heat became stronger.



We rested in El Golea where we ate our first one camel-chips!



We arrived in the plateau of Tademaït, immense bare area where the life seems to have disappeared.



Sometimes, the road was broken and we were obliged to ride on a parallel track where the motorcycle was difficult to pilot .

Suddenly, in this desert landscape, two small tornados appeared, which take with them dust, sand and pebbles towards the sky.

We arrived very tired in the city of In Salah where the heat was stifling.

After Arak, we arrived in a rocky track which was transformed into sandy track. There, the front wheel of the motorcycle sank regularly, the engine began to overheat with the ventilator constantly on, what did not prevent the needle from rising towards the red zone.

Arrived in In Ekker. Finally! 14 hours for 200 kilometers!














Then, Tamanrasset.

The rocky track rose, clearing itself a way between mountains; it was the mineral world which welcomed us; no tree, no track of greenery. Our progress was slow, occupied with avoiding the most important pebbles which strewed the track.







At the end of the day, we arrived in the hermitage of the father of Foucauld. Height: 2800 meters.









We were happy, and we attended a magnificent sunrise in this mythical place.

The return in France was a little faster. We arrived home, exhausted, but happy after this magnificent journey during which we had made wonderful meetings in Algeria.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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WOW!! This is great stuff!!
Would love to hear more about travelling in 80's. I wonder what was it like comparing to these days.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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thanks for posting this - good stuff
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:12 AM   #4
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bravo !!

when the men & the machine doesn't need a 990cc / goretex / gps to enjoy the "real" adventure
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Thumb Sand Dancing in North Africa

Bravo! Great pictures, do you often wonder how it is today?

I wanted to go to Algeirs when I lived in Morocco, but the border is closed.

Interesting to see the painting on the wall of people, the result of living in even then a moderate Islamic country! I wonder how AQMAGREB feels about it?

Algeria 30 years ago, we're you there drilling for oil?

Travel well.

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Old 09-25-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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Bravo! Great pictures, do you often wonder how it is today?

I know it's not so easy to go to Algeria now. You need a guide and I'm not sure you can go anywhere.



I went a second time to Algeria in 1988 with my Honda 125 CG.







And a third time with my Honda XLV 750 to Djanet








And a fourth time with the same Honda





It's really a fantastic country with very friendly people.



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Old 09-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
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Bravo...My respect.
Algerie is a mystery country...
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:00 PM   #8
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What... no BMW, no Aerostitch, no Touratech gear!!!! How ever did you manage to survive?

No, really... awesome journey.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:08 AM   #9
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For me, it’s the same thing.

First, I have a dream. Tamanrasset, Sinaï, EgyptianWhite Desert, Ispahan, Damas, Djanet, Balouchistan.

Then, my dream becomes a project. I bought the maps, I prepare the motorbike.

It did not change.

Sure, there are differences. I remember it was very difficult to phone to my family from Algeria or Libya. Now, you have internet.

Also, the roads are better, now. I remember a very bad track to go to Djanet (three days riding for 400 kilometers); I know it’s now a very good road.

What did not change, it’s the meetings. The pleasure of the journey comes from these meetings.
I have just ended a journey around the Black Sea and what I retain, are these moments spent with the local populations.



Egypte











Algérie




Libye






Pakistan





Syrie





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Old 09-27-2013, 01:09 AM   #10
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What... no BMW, no Aerostitch, no Touratech gear!!!! How ever did you manage to survive?
Twenty eight years later, I sometimes wonder how

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Old 09-27-2013, 09:50 AM   #11
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #12
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Classic ! thanks for sharing...
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #13
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amazing.. the world was a different place 28 years ago. but i like to think at the end of the day most people are curious about travelers and keen to share their culture homes and maybe a few stories.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:39 PM   #14
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Really good stuff

thanks for sharing! Amazing how we travelled in those years.
Keep on rollin'.

ciao Gero
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:13 PM   #15
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That is a great report. Very nostalgic. I wish I could do such travels now.

I am still lucky enough to have been able to freerly and safetly ride in Algeria ( http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=221817&highlight=algeria[/url] ) and Libya twice ( http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=465271 ).

I wish I will be able to go back to those place one day.

Ciao

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