5 Kilometer Fesh fesh and don't look in the tea pot, the second Marocco Adventure

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  1. stollenvernichter

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    The second time in beautiful Marocco, a great teaser , my RR and picture follow.
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    After the first Morocco adventure was shorter than planned, see http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ould-improve-my-spanish.996901/#post-24713385, this time it should be longer. In addition, I felt quite alone, because the old mates quit because of house, child, dog, wedding etc ..... But i found two companions in the appropriate forums, one from the east, Christoph and one from the south, Stefan. On the road with a KLX 250 and 690 KTM.

    A big round with a lot of mountain, a bit of sand and a little sea was planned.

    [​IMG]000 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Driven Tour http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=yyrrmlzplsbtpfdw

    Planned Tour http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=azpiiuyubeojnthf


    1. Cologne – Genoa

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua by Michael, auf Flickr

    Meeting and embarkation point was Genoa, so no party (Fete) in Sete for me. This meant, however, that I had to cross the Alps in April, which can not be completely uncritical.

    And on the way to the start of the descent, a low pressure area was spreading over West Europe, with a precipitation, the white stuff, at a height of 1200 m. So no crossing Swiss along Kandersteg and Simplonpass. Even in the German lowlands, it should be uncomfortably wet, so rather look through cobbled windows of the equally crooked KTM, no way through various western wetlands or the wet Vosges .

    The next day it was much drier, the tour starts and, as always with broad grin through the Vosges, ends after 590 km in Mulhouse. The next day, buying the Swiss freeway ticket, once again a border could be crossed, this time the Swiss. Always know the Swiss speed limit, sweat in the big tunnel and then turn in Ticino as quickly as possible into the mountains.

    Probably the smallest border crossing in Switzerland, I could reach Italy via the Alpe di Neggia at Monte Tamaro. There were still a few hills, the Po (the English translation is butt) plain, please insert your joke ................., but the Ligurian mountains giving me an evening smirk. The campsite of Genoa, located just east, was reached after 580 km. It is located on the slope with small parcels, nothing special http://www.camping-genova-est.it/index.php. Good was the adjoining restaurant for the physical well-being and the necessary bed or sleeping bag heaviness.
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    2. Genoa - Tanger Med

    Next morning, meeting with the new mates at the aquarium. Sensible natures could see this as a bad omen, if the journey should falling into water. But everything runs smoothly, seen, recognized and after a small wandering we found the ferry. Apart from motorcyclists, even more packed rider to Morocco.

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Embeds are not a problem, the bikes are well-lured and since Stefan had booked a quad cabin, the trio was also well-provided.

    Relatively on time, the ferry dropped off and the European mainland disapear .

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The paralyzing boredom at a ship's journey is already spreading.

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The wild ride is interrupted by an intermediate stop at a fancy Spanish harbor town, a picture as a tip.

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Or would you rather have crossed the little boat? http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/class/ship/home.do?shipCode=AL

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    To give gas! Unfortunately not the motto of this ferry.

    [​IMG]001 KTM Marokko 2015 Köln-Genua_-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    For pastime visiting the tasting facility would be a possibility, but restaurant would be boasted. It is edible, but not more. Or killing time by doing the border clearance by Moroccan officials, this time without temporal problems. Otherwise everyone must be amused by electronic media or old-fashioned analogue material. Or, of course, in an extreme case, talking with the holiday companions. : D

    The ferry cost: KTM, a pullman seat and me are 150 EUR, depends on the travel and booking time. For this handful of euros, you only get the gas cost riding to Algeciras.

    http://www.directferries.de/genua_t...RcI7oyc0gWrCSkHHnTwVpcRbkfZ_V9eyL8aAjs18P8HAQ

    I was asked what is the best way to Marocco, the ferry, approaching on your own axis or motorcycle transport company. Purely personally I would say, the motorcycle transport with flight to the destination, however no own experiences. Then the ferry, although relatively dull, but relaxing. Lastly, driving on your own axis, saves no time on the ferry and the freeways along the coast are boring. If time does not count, rather drive four days through the Spanish coastal mountains, still fun before arriving Algeciras.

    But somewhere, after about 50 hours, Africa appears on the horizon and the actual trip can begin.
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    3. Tanger Med – Chefchaouen

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen by Michael, auf Flickr

    Tangier Med is a screened port with high fences and walls, Trump would be delighted.

    [​IMG]015 KTM Marokko 2015 Martil-Tanger Med-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    That's why the old "Immigration Assistants" are missing, you just give up your filled punches, get a part back, the part you should pick up well, at the exit they want it back. If you want to provide yourself with cash or a car/bike insurance, behind the customs both will be offered.

    A little more fuel for the bikes, then the garmin arrow gives the direction, always southwards to Chefchaouen. It is sunny, not too warm, the subsoil changes from concrete to asphalt

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And soon to gravel.

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It is green,

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    in between a few lakes, picturesque.

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    On a small section of the terrain, we were stopped by four teenagers and they demand a toll. Some pencils and a bag of haribo and we go. Apparently sometimes people travel on this track , although this was clearly not a common connection, no usual route.

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Also sometimes the planned route get`s too hard for long-range-packed Enduros, but I trained two weeks before in Spain.

    [​IMG]Katalonien Cactus Trail by Michael, auf Flickr

    So the rest of the day the asphalt was searched and found,

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    However, just before the end, a nail was found in the rear wheel. Clearly my favorite job.

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A few kilos of sweat and meters further, the campsite in Chefchaouen, http://www.campingchefchaouen.com/location.html, should be our night-time. Tents, shower, then visit the town and feed.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Food intake worked out well, delicious chicken with french fries, salad etc., like almost everything in Morocco is cheaper compared to Germoney. Unfortunately, just before the first blue buildings, which Chefchaouen is famous for, we gave up ignorantly and returned to the campsite. Probably because the footpath was long and steep.

    Fitting to the Rif Mountains, no sun downer, a poppy downer.

    [​IMG]002 KTM Marokko 2015 Genua-Chefchaouen-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Night thoughts

    These were "only" 150 km, but felt more. Depended on the planning, there I had laid emphasis on gravel roads. Let's see how the next days works out. And how does the small Kawa KLX 250? In principle, quite well, on the road it must be rev up, but when the two KTM 690 are "normal" moved, is not a problem. It looks different on difficult gravel roads. The bike is fully loaded and the chassis comes quickly to the limits. It seems the KTM doesn't know any kind of the loading, but the driver's thought not go down in Marocco is the speed limit. Oh, and the Kawa wind shield was soon declared by Christoph as useless baggage.
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    4. Chefchaouen - Ratba

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba by Michael, auf Flickr

    Went off, but not completely left the town, Stefan and I wanted to look at Smurfhome including a breakfast. But in the blue old town, even with a bike, parking is a problem. We had to pay for a proper parking space, Christoph played the guard dog, had no need for food intake because of stomach discomfort. We could hardly decide where we should incorporate the freshly squeezed orange juice and the other goodies and only a few tourists are on their way.

    Breakfast with a view.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No lack of oranges.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Mosques will probably not bluish.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The inhabitants also did not.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No chance for the cat.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Blue hotel.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Maybe a change of vehicle?

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Then it was too colorful for us and we left Chefchaouen heading east. It began to be scraggly, but the asphalt is on his way.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The well-known waterfalls in Akchour were quickly canceled, too much people were not quite our taste.

    On the other hand, this was tasty.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The first long gravek uphill of the tour was mastered, almost alpine, rocky, a fun with the KTM, the other riders were not so enthusiastic.

    But it went on so on scree slopes through the Rif mountains.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Over sandy, stony drives and descents, sometimes narrower, sometimes broader, that I had booked.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    In the valley, under the critical eyes of the young Moroccans.


    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Behind this little hill

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-022 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It goes a little further.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-023 by Michael, auf Flickr

    On a short asphalt street, we stop at a petrol station for the purpose of absorbing fluid for riders and bikes. We refuse the offer of local pot products, we do not want to drive slower.

    And soon the gravel got us again.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-024 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A pleasant break, better than the pot/petrol station.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-025 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Also a good example, you are never lonely in Marocco. Even in the most remote areas a local emerges from nowhere.

    And also from nowhere, I suffer my second flat, the valve has detached itself from the hose.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-026 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We were now in the middle of the Rif mountains. According to some tourist guides a very dangerous area, as one of the largest cultivation areas for various illegal plants. From the road you can not see them, but a few villages with half-finished concrete buildings and very finished looking inhabitants gave the impression, they are not necessarily interested in any tourists.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-028 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But the track shines again, beautiful ridge paths, narrow sand paths and deep ravines.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-029 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-030 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Slowly daylight dies, but the friendly inhabitants in Ratba could not offer us any accommodation. After a short search we decided to spend the night on an unseen field.

    [​IMG]003 KTM Marokko 2015 Chefchaouen-Ratba-031 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Over the hillside there was still poppy in abundance. Speaking about abundance, the supper was differently taken, one made his instant dish usable, others enjoyed themselves with cereal bars and can drinks or had, thanks to stomach complaints, no food cravings.

    It did not look like rain, so I went to sleep without a tent. A somewhat unsatisfying conclusion after 220 km after best gravel roads.
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    5. Ratba – Missour

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour by Michael, auf Flickr

    Not one of my best nights, but under the starry sky, presumably because the full moon spilled over. Pack up quickly before the next weed gardener is coming and we following the road.


    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No gravel today, apparently it was too much for the riders yesterday and they fear that we are progressing too slowly. Not so tragic, the landscape is still great.

    The entrance canyon to Tazekka National Park.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Could be somewhere in Tuscany.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    One of the nicer artificial lake in Marocco.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It goes on, over all mountains with small snack breaks. Somehow today no one had a need for an extensive lunch.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The area still dominates by 2000 m high mountains, no sign of the desert.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Even the temperatures do not give it all, but a bathing break in the rushing mountain river can not be so wrong.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It does not get uglier

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Crosses wide elevations, but a photo can not cover the reality.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But that has an end and we approaching deeper lands.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    As soon as we have left the mountains behind us, it becomes 10 degrees warmer, like we have driven through a gate. But it is not far to Missour and after loose 360 kilometers we reach the Hotel Baroudi

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/morocco/fez-meknes-the-middle-atlas/hotels/hotel-baroudi.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Seems to have been very popular with various rallys.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And is furnished in the interior country style.

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    You noticed that there is no travel season, the nice receptionist had no problems to offer us some rooms, the motorcycles could be parked safe in the courtyard.

    Unfortunately, the pool is not yet filled, is still too cold, on the Moroccan scale. There are funny birds running around,

    [​IMG]004 KTM Marokko 2015 Ratba-Missour-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Which did not used to take place in the Tajine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajine at dinner, which incidentally was very delicious. Only the well camouflaged plastic chairs under the damask cloths have the good impression a bit tarnished. Beer lovers could order their favourite drinks. My tongue meant more for drinkers than for connoisseurs.

    The rest of the evening, we took a walk through the shopping mile of Missour, not very exciting, no one should expect an oriental bazaar. Who was not tired afterwards, relax in the lobby , took advantage of the free WiFi or phoned with his appendix in Germania, the telephone cover is amazingly good in Marocco. The rooms were ok, clearly more pleasant than an unscheduled night in the poppy field.
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    6. Missour – Erfoud

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud by Michael, auf Flickr

    Breakfast? I can not exactly remember, but the mint tea tasted something strange. Do not want to look into every pot with old mint leaves. It doesn't matter, the bikes were saddled,

    In the morning freshened into the shift mountains

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Past wilderness ships

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The rough asphalt, the green tufts and the sandy hills offer a welcome visual change

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And helped turtles across the street.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A coarse-grained shortcut through the mountains despite the 4x4 sign was cancelled, because the KLX simulated a slight frame tube weakness, but which was false alarm.

    A short stop in Talsint

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    before the very long dirt road behind Beni Tadjite.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Nobody could complain about it, varied, sometimes sandy, small hillocks, free driving through dry water courses and even a hill with interesting descent.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-065 by Michael, auf Flickr

    That pleases the guide.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    In Ksar Tazougart, no shopping possibility, asphalt is reached again.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-066 by Michael, auf Flickr

    I recommend to refresh in the water,

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-067 by Michael, auf Flickr

    because there are about 50 km of asphalt straight ahead, very desolate.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    They end in the Ziz Valley.

    Pause under observation.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-069 by Michael, auf Flickr

    You can take the national road direction Erfoud or drive in the valley, also quite beautifully, through large palm trees. Further south the sky looks very sandy, so we end the day and enter the campsite http://www.campingrestaurantekarla.com/fr/ in Erfoud.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-072 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It is quite sandy, which is no miracle, but well protected by walls.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And although we are the only guests, we are cooked delicious. Stefan was also heard and organized a bottle of Maroccan wine, but the winery is not the core competence of the Moroccans.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The wind has also decreased considerably. I leave the tent tent and open my camp on a roof terrace, perfect.

    [​IMG]005 KTM Marokko 2015 Missour-Arfoud-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No great star photos again, the full moon is shining. But the day stage of 320 km helps to get the well-earned sleep.
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    7. Erfoud – Merzouga

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga by Michael, auf Flickr

    As usual, breakfast in Cafe Dakar http://www.restaurantdakarerfoud.com/pizzeria.html. Delicious, the petit deneur updated with Maroccan ingredients. In the restaurant you can also eat very well, the owner speaks a bit German and organizes desert tours by jeep.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Freshly strengthened, we were on an eastern slope, getting closer to the Erg Chebbie. But we were quickly stopped, the route is cleary too sandy or too littery for drivers and vehicle

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We prefer to take the Loser road, turn eastwards and circle the Erg Chebbi on a simpler slope surrounded by high dunes

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Ok, but not quite so high

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    on high speed gravel,

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    but in the meantime sand is already visible

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    which leads to gimmicks, do not always end successfully.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But you should use any shade, the temperature is not far from 40 degrees.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The unobstructable view is, of course, suitable for the construction of a hut, but otherwise there are no reasons for me to live there. But some Maroccans like it , for instance, the lady of the nearby lodge, which kindly but reserved offers us a few jewels. I guess she lives there for at least 5 years.

    But we are not the only motor vehicles in the area.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The track turned out to be a bad conclusion because of deep sand, which I had planned last year better. A pretty fight, my front tire did not like sand.

    There fits a small technology feed, mounted the Mitas E09 Dakar tire.

    The rear tire delivers good propulsion everywhere, on the road at holiday speed it is also ok. The Mitas has the hardest carcass I've ever seen. Mounting by hand was already hard work and apparently the hardness does not help against Moroccan nails.

    The front tire works well on gravel well and on road quite ok, but saw tooth formation was present. In the sand the tire does wasn't fun, hardly no guiding, no matter what air pressure. Of course, the KTM was very back-loaded by the luggage and sand took the last place on the driver's favorite sub-list. Sand only with light bikes and enough horsepower.

    Bad luck, the fully packed chronically under-motorized KLX with Christoph was, on the 10 m wide track, taken by a Frenchman on a 450 KTM, but no one was hurt, the sand is soft.

    That is why we unanimously decide to look for an accommodation with pool after these sandbox games at just 40 degrees, which is not a big problem in Merzouga. http://www.riadnezha.com/de/tarifs-hebergement-merzouga.php3

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    a pool with cold water, excellent,

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    checked in later,

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

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    So refreshed, my companions want to play in the sand,

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    but without me. Enjoying the view is not so exhausting.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    If heat kilometers double, the day trip was 240 km.

    In the cool cellar the usual tajine with salad was served, always tastes delicious. Less tastes, in the room the air conditioning not air-conditioned, pack my camping gear and put me at the pool. A great idea, unfortunately, a few Arabs seem to have chosen the pool as an ideal discussion place and invigorate him until far after midnight.
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    8. Merzouga – Zagora

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    Today I'm sure there was delicious breakfast, but was still being served.

    [​IMG]006 KTM Marokko 2015 Arfoud-Mezouga-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After yesterday's sand adventure, Christoph takes the easier route Rissani to Zagora.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-105 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Stefan and I enter the dirt road from Taouz, over 260 km without gas station and supposedly very lonely and difficult to drive. As soon as they enter, a local man chugs on his moped and offers himself as a guide. Bad weather, large sand drifts, 5 km Fechfech, only with guide possible, otherwise everything for foreigners is very difficult. Proof of his competency, he holds a plasticized note in German, the route can hardly be mastered without him.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A BMW space ship driver was the author and witness. All right, prejudices are fine. Nevertheless we considered briefly, but declined.

    Good decision, because half of the route isn't difficult. Surrounded by table mountains, the slope runs westwards, more stony than sandy,

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    on the edge with cedars, or something like that, and camels,

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Compared to yesterday, this is no sand.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Motorcyclists, staring at goats.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    in the meantime, an Auberge appears, not a clear sign of lonely loneliness. But already nice.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    we cross the first dry lake

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    in between, even more desert

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    and the next dry lake

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Somewhere there i lost a piece of my number plate. If someone finds it, no return is necessary. I got a new one at the Cologne office, after nice talk with the keeper of the license plates.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Shortly after the lake we reach Ramlia, the place is not inviting to stop and we went on to the stopover at Oasis Mharech http://www.elmharech.com . But before the FechFech gets us, the next few kilometers, and the heat is not really helpful, but fun was never mentioned.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Video: Poor posture notes.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-014 Video by Michael, auf Flickr

    Quasi in the run-out zone, I put the KTM in the horizontal. After the fifth, surprisingly quiet start attempt, the only shadow in the area scurrying over the faces of the participants, a breakdown would not be so good in this remote area. Perhaps switching the electric off/on helps, it helps. Gasoline shut-off valve? Anyway, the Oasis Mharech http://www.elmharech.com was reached.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-015a by Michael, auf Flickr

    There are cold drinks and hot food, a French biker group is also at the start.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The best is the Bedouin climate building, a hut of palm leaves is watered and creates a pleasant cold, you do not want to go outside.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-015b by Michael, auf Flickr

    But we must, now the mountains are lower and the desert desolate, not very exciting.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The wind has recovered well and blows, mostly with sand as a deposit. This grows several times to small sand storms, visibility goes to zero, grains to infinity, natural sandblasting. Well, at least the slope is mostly covered with gravel and it is impossible ti lost the track thanks to GPS prosecutors. The wind was gone just before the junction at the main dirt road to Zagora, for reward we approve a watermelon fresh from the producer and riding a curvy special check.

    The route to Zagora is freshly pushed gravel, the asphalt will follow soon. The gravel of the past kilometers increases the fuel consumption, Stefan empties his petrol can and the first petrol station in Zagora is my friend.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Apropo friend, Christoph waited longer, his route was also ok.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-108 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And he met even other desert racers, participants of the Raid Passion Desert http://www.sra-assistance.org/index.php/menu-haut-raid-passion-desert.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Joining him at the Cafe Oscar and drove to the campsite Oasis Palmer https://www.campercontact.com/en/ma.../19856/wohnmobilstellplatz-oasis-palmier.aspx, a good decision. Friendly welcome with ....., exactly, mint tea.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Again, we met a Swiss, who was travelling alone with his WR250F four weeks through Marocco.

    The invitation by a German couple with an old Toyota incl. Cabin, we could't refuse.

    [​IMG]007 KTM Marokko 2015 Mezouga-Zagora-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Who needs a tent when the rain probability is zero and the temperature 20 degrees? The open carpet lodge is just right.
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  11. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    9. Zagora – Todra Schlucht

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht by Michael, auf Flickr

    The hot temperatures are not so much fun, so the trip through Erg Chegaga and Foum Zguid were canceled and we went straight to the north. The Todra Gorge calls, let's see if the call is heard.

    There are several paths through the Draa Gorge, the normal road and a gravel variant. The asphalt was too boring, so we made the bend and followed the gravel.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It was not so easy to find the path and the path was not easy itself , so Stefan was not amused and drove ahead, I helped Christoph with a small, but mean slope and we went back on asphalt along the Draa Gorge.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At a petrol station Stefan was waiting and we continued the ride after filling all possible cavities of man and machine. Did I already mentioned, it was very hot.

    In N'kob, we left the easy road and heading towards Tizi Tazazert Pass in the Jbel Sarhro Mountains.

    Beautifully deserted, with a good view of the coming mountains

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Well-palmed valleys

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The rocks became darker and more volcanic; the route winds it way through a marsian landscape, very fine, but rather rocky, too much rocks for my companions. I liked it, just the terrain that can be fun with the KTM.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The whole panorama

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Shortly before the pass you can cover your need for mint tea,

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The trio has none and continues after a small stop, at the pass is a Berber hostel.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The descent is much easier, but the further road quality was not clear.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A wide, newly pushed runway eliminated all the clarities.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Till Tinerhir simple gravel surfing was the way to go, with fantastic views.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-022 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-024 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At the Todra narrows the obligatory stop,

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-025 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-026 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After that, very little gasoline was burned, because the night camp is not far.

    The Auberge Le Festival http://www.aubergelefestival-todragorge.com is located in the middle of the canyon, has the appearance of an old fortress,

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-027 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At the registration only a double room is free, but no problem, a third can camp in the room.

    Our stay

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-028 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Even with a kind of pool, for the love loving or lonely deserters.

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-031 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-033 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-034 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Wild animals and botany

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-036 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]008 KTM Marokko 2015 Zagora-Todra Schlucht-039 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The Last Supper was a resurrection, very tasty and a successful conclusion after 270 entertaining kilometers in Marocco.
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  12. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    10. Todra Schlucht - Dades Schlucht

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht by Michael, auf Flickr

    The morning begins as the last day ended, culinary excellence. What delayed the departure. And also the journey through the Todra starts quite nice,

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-116 by Michael, auf Flickr

    In Tamtattouchte we turn left and enter the gravel connection to the Dades canyon.

    Very round mountains

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-118 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    video evidence

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-005 video by Michael, auf Flickr

    Left, right, up, down and barely perceptible you climb unimagined heights.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But in the middle of the crossing, the river has incorporated the former gravel road, hardly recognizable it's the former track or the new riverbed.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Moving Kawasaki

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-013 video by Michael, auf Flickr

    No comparison with the previous year, where you could surf on the well-known track through the canyons.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-122 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But the water is gone, not too much fun driving on rollerballs, it's hot, but hey, this is why dirt bikes were builded.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At in the end has the path turned into a stream,

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-014 video by Michael, auf Flickr

    but a bypass is present, the great winds in the Dades gorge come in sight

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Due to the unexpected heavy terrain, we are not averse to take a break, the Auberge Berbere de la Montagne https://berbere-montagne.com is just right,

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A camping place, not so usable for tents, hard, dusty soil.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Nevertheless, we decided consistently to stay after 90 km, just doing a relaxing afternoon like many people before us.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-019 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We could not judge the room quality, but the outer couches were excellentl usable.

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We tested the restaurant, not so exhilarating, friendly say it is tourist quality.
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  13. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    11. Dades Schlucht - Quarzazate

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate by Michael, auf Flickr

    The bikes are saddled, the goal is crossing the High Atlas, but shortly after the start it becomes only abundantly tight,

    [​IMG]009 KTM Marokko 2015 Todra Schlucht-Dades Schlucht-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    In the further course follow large serpentines for Morocco, rather small for Alpine inhabitants.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-129 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-136 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After the knobby world, we descended to Boumalne Dades pumping gas. Short return trip and this time I find the branch to the Rose valley, no roses, but the surrounding area is nice to look at and the slope is easy to ride.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Stefan in ralley mode.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Meanwhile, the asphalt returned to us, but only for a short time. Even in the last village, the ground is rough, the route leads over a high plateau along the High Atlas.

    [​IMG]KTM Marokko Spanien 2014-138 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At some point the guide turns to the right

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And a few serpentines later

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    we are in a large dry river bed, which we leave unmade.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We have the choice between gravel or normal road to the north. Gravel has won and so we wind through the canyon

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    And of course there is also a little stop, with much confidence in Moroccan stones.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The slope leads again upwards in fine scenery.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    To the highest and most colorful point of the trip.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-022 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Of course, the route was not built to our amusement, there live also people, surrounded by over 3000 m high mountains.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-023 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-024 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The walls come closer again

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-026 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-027 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-029 by Michael, auf Flickr

    So far a good decision to go through the wild Atlas along the Tessautzu, unfortunately the village of Talat Ntazart changes it, after about three / quarter of the route. The river and the gravel road are united, no boats or amphibious vehicles were available to us, so the trip was finished.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-030 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The locals offered a diversion over the mountains, but this proved to be unrideable, at least for our loaded travelers, with an uncertain outcome. You are happy when you have enough gasoline on board.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-031 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-032 by Michael, auf Flickr

    All men turn back,

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-033 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Backwards, the route was not uglier, which did not necessarily improve the mood.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-037 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Two donkeys on the way back.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-035 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Thanks to the advanced daytime, we did not try to continue north, but wanted to end the day in Quarzazate, finally a desolate street stage with lots of traffic.

    In the town my fellow mates headed to the wrong campsite, but I could catch them again and the smaller, but more beautiful place Bivouac La Palmeraie http://www.camping-ouarzazate.com/en/camping-1.html was entered, quite a stressful end of the day.

    [​IMG]010 KTM Marokko 2015 Dades Schlucht-Quarzazate-038 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Ok, not quite the end. A little relaxation comes in sight, the owner of the camping ground, made us, despite the late hour, still a tajine. Besides, he knew me from last year and offered me the hammock, which this time withstood my astral body. With music on the ears and the starry sky in the eye still a good conclusion of the day. After 290 km it is also good hanging.
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  14. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    12. Quarzazate - Ouzoud

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud by Michael, auf Flickr

    Breakfast with peacock

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Paying and trying to conquer the High Atlas at last.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Not much gravel known today, but after we had crossed the plain, it became mountainous

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    and it will stay like that.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The R 307 through the Atlas, a curvy dream.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At Aït Tamlil light food at heavy temperature, over 30 degrees.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After the stop, the curves become wider

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    and the views more widespread.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A victim of the steep descent towards Demante, from there the atlas mountains disappear and it becomes flat. We are wondering how and where waterfalls occur in this area.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Ouzoud is the waterfall capital of Morocco, very touristic. In order to spare us a longer walk, we pay for the parking lot and take a look.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Does not look bad. On the way back we noticed a small camping sign, we walked through an archway and a camp ground appears, almost directly above the waterfalls, we get it. Some minutes later, only the parking guard is confused, as we drive in the waterfalls direction

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The sanitary facilities are rudimentary and the floor is lightly sprung. No matter if you have a private pool above the falls.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After the refreshment we want to get rid the today's 230 km from our legs, and walk in the direction of the valley floor.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-019 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The descent is not for the ill pedestrians, but at the bottom of the valley you can refresh yourself, in the water or with drinks.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-022 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    This will not be an easy path,

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-024 by Michael, auf Flickr

    but it is worth.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-026 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-025 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Opportunity makes swimmers.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-029 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Swimming, driving, hiking, triathlon makes you hungry. Even it is already chicken again.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-031 by Michael, auf Flickr

    At the ascent you are observed by mother.

    [​IMG]011 KTM Marokko 2015 Quarzazate-Ouzoud-033 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A last swim in the pool to relax and then entering the tent riad.
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  15. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    13. Ouzoud - Khenifra

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra by Michael, auf Flickr

    Azilal is the next place after the waterfalls, a good opportunity to have breakfast and replenish my fluid stores.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We are not on the road for fun, so we slowly screwed up through the High Atlas.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The small round hills can barely hide their brothers, who are over 3,000 meters tall.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Drinking pause at an unknown cone.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No longer heat is a issue, we are in a high valley at an altitude of 2800 m, it is pleasantly cool in Morocco and the trees have a hard time.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But also a high valley goes into the lowlands, which in this case is the valley of the Assif Dunachale.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The next 100 km the asphalt shines with absence,

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    but new bridges are already being built.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A few km further the river has not yet moved into its bed,

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    but this time there is no reason to turn back.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-016 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Amphibians Kawa

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-016 video by Michael, auf Flickr

    The clearing-up had not been long before.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-017 by Michael, auf Flickr

    But after the narrow spot, the valley will be extended again and the fun continues.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-018 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-019 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-020 by Michael, auf Flickr

    You have to drive over seven bridges

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-021 by Michael, auf Flickr

    to La Cathedral.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-022 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-023 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-024 by Michael, auf Flickr

    A stop at the 600 m high sandstone part can not be so wrong.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-025 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Then we follow the river

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-026 by Michael, auf Flickr

    and became closer to the Bin El Quidane reservoir,

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-027 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-028 by Michael, auf Flickr

    cross it

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-029 by Michael, auf Flickr

    and take a longer stop in Ouaouizaght.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-032 by Michael, auf Flickr

    The man in the dirty T-shirt checks the GPS and if the reality still matches the map. Should be ok. The next road still offers curving asphalt with no trafic.

    After the junction in El Ksiba to the N8, the Moroccan traffic reality catches us. Slowly we should also try to get an accommodation, at night you would not be on the street. We did not have a large selection, in the next village there was something like an hotel, but for optical reasons we rather left the place.

    The Hotel Transatlas is located directly on the N8, relatively modern builded, but seems to give no value to guests, arrogant reception and the price was unanimously considered too high. When we leave, we meet two other motorcyclists, who said that there is nothing more to the north.

    They were right, finally we enter Khenifra after dark and using GPS, we found the Hotel Atlas Zayane. After 400 km we also did not care about 50 EUR. Eat, bed and sleep.

    Hotel after dark.

    [​IMG]012 KTM Marokko 2015 Ouzoud-Khenifra-033 by Michael, auf Flickr
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  16. Cyclenaut

    Cyclenaut Been here awhile

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    Great RR and photos
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  17. Will Rogers

    Will Rogers Been here awhile

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    Ditto - Great RR and photos
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  18. Manifold

    Manifold Adventurer

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    Ein tolles abenteuer!
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  19. stollenvernichter

    stollenvernichter Adventurer

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    [​IMG]00 KTM Marokko 2015 by Michael, auf Flickr

    14. Khenifra - Cala Iris

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris by Michael, auf Flickr

    Actually we would have been heat-free and no riding, with almost 40 degrees, should spread from the south to the north. But the ferry is not waiting for us, let's try to see if we are faster than the heat. Did not work out. After breakfast a nice stretch to Ifrane was knitted on the GPS.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-001 by Michael, auf Flickr

    What worked out very well.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-003 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Lonely paths through a natural park.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-002 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-004 by Michael, auf Flickr

    In Ifrane, the heat gets us and we heated ourselves up due to lack of alternatives on the N8 to Fez. Exactly there, suddenly my KTM left the propulsion and the chain winds itself on the street. Good luck not to destroy the crankcase, but the repair was no pleasure in the rising heat.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-005 by Michael, auf Flickr

    We cross the approach road and take a break in Taounate. The friendly grocer of our choice had nothing against motorcycles on his terrace, lived in New York before, which made the conversation much easier.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-006 by Michael, auf Flickr

    From Taounte the traffic becomes less, the drivers are more friendly and the route more curvy.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-007 by Michael, auf Flickr

    It would be fun, but the warmth made the old man reminding, you are no longer 40. The KTM also weakened, but for no apparent reason.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-008 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Nevertheless, after 430 km we reached the Mediterranean in Cala Iris.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-009 by Michael, auf Flickr

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-010 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Actually, I was already looking forward to shower at the local campsite, but somehow the other companions mind the place was not right, cost money by dwindling cash reserves, we could also sleep on the beach. Just no stress I thought and said ok. But the stress was only around the corner, which I don`t know in this moment.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-011 by Michael, auf Flickr

    No objection against a decent dinner and so we enter the only "restaurant" in the area.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-012 by Michael, auf Flickr

    Which is easily overlooked, if it was not mentioned in the travel guide. In any case, the owner was a little surprised to get guests, but no problem if you like tasty fish.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-013 by Michael, auf Flickr

    After dinner, we rolled down to the beach and pitched our accommodation.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-014 by Michael, auf Flickr

    What looks so romantic it is. But the gentlemen from the Moroccan coast guard did not think so and tell us unambiguously, at midnight, to leave. I would not be surprised if the campsite owner had seen us and made a call. Is not a good idea to camp in sight of the camping ground.

    At the camp I could sleep quietly now. Well, my harmonious needs lessened the urge of an unfriendly announcement to my companions. So we pack our stuff in the dark, looking for a new sleeping place. After half an hour we find a a semi-flat field. Too tiered to pitch a tent, again free sleeping is announced.

    [​IMG]013 KTM Marokko 2015 Khenifra-Cala Iris-015 by Michael, auf Flickr
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  20. CASTIMOTO

    CASTIMOTO I need a Dualsport!!

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    wow nice report, thanks a lot for the write up!

    Heading to Marrakesch today, I think I will plan something similar for next Spring!
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