So...after last years debacle of stupidity by nothing but a herd of goats (Équipe des Chevres =Team of Goats)behaving like Benny Hill,I decided another trip to Maorc was required. See here for a laugh http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=841901 If anyone wanted to experience Africa we would offer our experience free of charge and assist where possible.....we're going anyway..so just turn up and we'll help with customs,passport control,hotels and routes/pistes So after a few weeks of answering questions here and there on the xt660 forum amongst others,a motley crew was press ganged into meeting in Spain,riding south to the port of Algeciras and onwards to Maroc. A few would drop out as things unfolded due to both mechanical problems and circumstances. We would get to where it's sunny ASAP and then ride as much off road as possible,both on pistes I know and ones that were to be explored. We would ride to Merzouga to the Erg Chebbi and play there one day and then ride overland to Ramlia and onwards to Zagora. After this roughly to Foum Zguid-Tissint-Tata-Ighrem-Taradant-Argana-Imintanoute to Marrakech,over the High Atlas (alt 2020m)by trail only with only the last part by autoroute. After here then the return ride home to 'normality' I left home with Phil on his Yamaha TTR600 and Will on his new to him GS1200. My weapon of choice was of course on my Yamaha Ténéré XTZ660Z with a new pair of Mitas E07 tyres. I used these last year and found they worked really well with hard pack and rock,hence the same choice this time around. Phil and Will welded up soft luggage supports without burning themselves from lengths of tubing and from pictures of supports from web sites selling same. Result! His soft luggage is ex army canvass. Will bought some BMW alloy panniers. I stuck with my Ardcases. All motos were given a good service without stripping any threads in any alloy...weird I know...and off we rode into the dark morning after bidding a sad farewell to our respective wives(yeah right) We were to ride to Caceres Spain where we would all meet up...UK riders(who were riding down from Santander after disembarking) and if any others wanted to join all they had to do was meet in the moto park at Algerciras port or at the hostel. We had one UK rider who was riding down through Spain and Portugal off road on a KTM 690 who ended up not being able to make it due to the usual typical problem of zapped fuel pump...that was the first unfortunate incident. We rode over the Pyrenees via Col du Pourtalet and on down for our first fuel stop for Phil as he has limited range(although backed up with a 5 litre fuel can). I don't even think anything stupid occurred ...no overshooting of corners....or slippy cow dung on the road...couldn't believe it! [/IMG] Lunch at a fuel stop...sandwiches and a drink...we really know how to live it up! [/IMG] [/IMG] It would turn out to be a sunny and clear day for the 845km ride....(means to an end..get down through Spain to the sun of Maroc)....We rode on to the hostel which I had booked as a rendezvous point;bed and breakfast for the princely sum of €18! We parked up,decide to give a both stern and stupid look to the camera and get our kit inside whilst waiting for others to arrive. [/IMG] [/IMG] First to arrive were the Enfield and Triumph of Jacqui and John and then soon afterwards the UK contingent. If anyone is interested in a lone female riding on an old classic have a wee peep at her website.Some interesting stuff going on there http://jacquifurneaux.com .We dander into the town centre for food after introductions,return and bed down to get ready for the next days ride. (We ride as far as we can the first day so as on the second day we can get to the boat as early as possible so as to allow for goofy delays at Moroccan customs..and this in turn will allow us to ride to the hotel usually in daylight by autoroute) If riding after dark it's preferable to ride on an autoroute instead of a normal national route.(Here you have the possibility of riding into people,donkeys and carts at a minimum) Some of the group started to cry stating that they were afraid of the rain and the dark. They were given a stern telling off and told to get on their motos. [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] Directly after fuelling up the Enfields' engine races....duff throttle cable unmounting the cause. With all of her traveling,as can be seen written on the side panels,it zaps in modern Europe..always the way!! The spare was fitted. [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] In the meantime the group splits into two to ride on to the port moto park leaving the Triumph,2x Ténéré's,Enfield,BMW and TTR. So off we bimble along the autoroute in torrential rain both with poor visibility and low speed. .