EDC in Morocco on a Yamaha XTZ660Z Ténéré....amongst others...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WIBO, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Hi

    Noah use's that...I think it's a great camera....

    I use a Sony HX100V... I bought this solely for the HD video that it can take.....It can take in 30 frames per second but also in 60 frames per second....(also takes 3D video)

    The zoom also is incredible...absolutely astonishing for a small camera. Some of the auto settings are great that come with it and the tilt screen is a real bonus for taking shots above your head looking down at things...It's one of those cameras if I lost I'd buy again.

    It is also GPS enabled which I thought might be a bit gimmicky,but after 2 weeks when every place/village gets to look the same it certainly helps with jogging ones memory!!

    :)

    I'll post a small video later of the zoom at work just to let you see.

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    Ahhh,these shots...B&W photography at it's very best!!!!

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  3. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    LOve the report by the way. keep it lit.
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    Incredible RR and photos. Have been there in end March and love. Thanks to remind it to me. :freaky
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  6. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    After the camels there'll be another dried out smaller lake bed with a single vehicle route about metre deep cutting across it. There's quite a bit of feche-feche on it's base so it's easier just to bear left or right to avoid it...if you wish that is.:evil

    Soon all trails converge in to one hard pack trail....

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    When you ride over the rise,it opens out after it drops down to the first of several auberges,along of which I call 'Auberge Alley'...there's a sandy trail that passes in front of each of these and taking the normal and most direct route to Merzouga(that's why the auberges are placed there .... simples!!)

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    This is the first place you'll see ( after this if you're ever on an enduro moto...theres a large play area of whoops and fast hard pack going before it settles onto the normal sandy route)

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    We see the same trucks we'd seen before....

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    We stop to have a chat with some people in 4x4's....one of the group is afraid that they'll take him away in their boot and he cowers behind me grabbing on to my leg.....I kick him off and tell him not to be silly.....

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    After the soft going you pass through a dried up river bed of feche-feche then arrive at a metal sign.....head straight on where it becomes single track trail...on this you need to take care as it turns into a quarry trail where it's possible to meet the odd quarry lorry bimbling along. At this,we find that Christophe has ridden on in the Merzouga direction following his GPS.....he now gets the Presidents award.......

    We stop just out side Taouz to wait on the Land Rover...here is where we drop the local dude off (Said)and then take 30km by blacktop to Merzouga to an hotel I know to see if they've any places

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    Some of the group start bubbling uncontrollably now that they'll soon be on the safe tarmac ...I smack them on the back of their legs,tell them to be quiet and say that it's not like they'd just ridden the Dakar...only some of it...sheeesh

    I ride on and find Christophe at Taouz and we all head to Saids house for mint tea.

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  7. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that.I've got a Kodak"Flip type" camera for video,but planning to buy a Go Pro for the helmet,so much
    i missed in Morocco not having instant access to a camera.
    I'm looking at the NEX-5 because of the lens choice,i would like a Canon D60 because my old 'film' Canon lenses
    fit,but i'm concerned about luggage space,i travel very light,i would rather have creature comforts than tat!
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  8. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    I carry my Sony in handlebar bag for quick access ....it's a choice for me between lens' or and traveling light ....but I see where you're coming from.

    :D
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  10. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Hi...we did see small ones on our travels........but that is actually the dust from a quarry explosion.....the trail from Taouz feeds the quarry as they mine for minerals......

    Visors etc suffer no damage at all. The secret IMO, is to wash them under running water and use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt. This paper is as soft as you'll get and disintegrates as it cleans.

    Closer picture coming....

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  11. k9companion

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    Your photos are simply amazing but this one I had to make my desktop pic. :wink:

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  12. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Thank you kind Sir....

    The good ones are Christophes..(the pro photographer)..every ones else's are crap in comparison :rofl


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  13. WIBO

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    Noah and Craig were behind us and they took this snap of the blast......they were frightened by the loud noise and rode off quickly sobbing....

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    Just before this(as I forgot to mention) the EDC stop and take more pictures of a herd of camels en route to Taouz by their driver.
    Again one of the group approaches,can't help himself and asks if camels like getting their picture taken...... I tell them indeed they do as you always see them on Christmas cards.......


    The XT is perfect for this type of going....
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  14. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    So..after that tea in Saids house, I bid farewell.
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    We all ride on that blacktop and arrive at Merzouga...we pull into the auberge we've used before on the LHS facing the dunes and get a price for staying. It's favourable(200Dhms per head) to all so we park up. We can only stay one night as it's booked for the next night.

    Any fettling can now be done as we'd be here the next day as well. For information the fuel station is now open as you leave Merzouga,as before one had to ride to Risani to get fuel there.....speaking of which you can get money from the ATM's in Risani...there are none in Merzouga.

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    Once the bags are checked in etc the EDC head for the pool for a swim.......in the microbe rich soup that should be clear water..... They're told no jumping,running or diving as some one could get hurt.

    Noah drives the LR into Merzouga for beer..expect to get ripped off ......€50 for two trays of cheap Morocan beer...well it is at least beer...

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    Roof top view where those who want to play,can....when the bikes are parked up some Spanish teenagers approach the group keen and interested to hear about both our motos and our days of riding off road in the middle of the desert...........one of the group tells them all to clear off and stop being so nosey.....

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    The tri pod is set up to take a picture.... only when I bend down I then realize there's no camera...........only after an extensive search and questioning one of the group admits he ate it.......

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    After we eat we bed down for the night....as we're right beside the sand dunes,some of the group are afraid in case a pack of desert foxes attack them during the night and eat them...... I get some soft pink blankets from reception for them to sleep with.








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  15. WIBO

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    So......next morning we head over to another hotel along the road a short distance....

    Phil rides past this scooter and snatch-steals the bag the child is carrying ......

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    We park the motos up and unpack again.....and out comes Adam to find one of these on his moto........

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    The AT has a broken pannier rail from the last couple of days riding so we plan to ride into Risani to get it welded.

    We stop for fuel and I fill up with 19.52litres after 383kms costing 243Dhms (at 12.45Dhms/litre)

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    The dude only charged about €3 from memory...

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    Angle iron wheel barrows.....

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    We head back to Merzouga and I turn off onto a vast stretch of fast hard pack bound for an auberge that sits right at the border of the dunes. Some of the group are afraid to play in the sand and head back to the hotel.

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    Ride through the entrance place if you wish......they'll serve tea whilst you enjoy the view.....

    As an aside the last time I was here I used the perfect moto for dune climbing........

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    I have video of this. I will have to put it up on Youtube. It was quite impressive. I don't remember sobbing. Giggling i think is a better term. :freaky
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    I remember you saying "we have to get the feck out of here, it's going to blow!" when I rode up to check out what was going on. Then we giggled like little school girls when it blew
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  18. Don T

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    I especially love the way you describe your riding companions' anxiety, insecurity, criminal tendencies and bad manners :rofl

    I am considering riding to Morocco in the spring, and have a few questions - but I'll save them until the report is finished.
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    I hear these can get expensive quickly :deal
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    She never did get in contact with me :cry just used me for my bike :lol3