Germany to Morocco, with a brief stop in Spain!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jbar28, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. jbar28

    jbar28 Been here awhile

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    There's no doubt that food is healthier in many parts of the world than most of the food most Americans eat. Americans have the choice, and many choose to eat poor quality food. It was interesting to see all the meat hanging as carcasses in the markets and roadside restaurants in Morocco. It isn't refrigerated, but it was walking around yesterday, so it's very fresh. Ground beef in the US that is packaged in low-oxygen packing has a rated shelf life of 23 days. :puke1

    Many in parts of Morocco eat anything they can get. I rode through a rural area with many olive groves and oil pressing plants, and saw it as very scenic. I was later told by someone who is in a position to know that many poor people in that area survive on just the olives and almonds they grow, plus a little bread, and water they get from a river. Not exactly healthy eating but poverty does that. Only 50% of rural Moroccans have 'improved' water sources, meaning something cleaner than a river or creek.

    I think my weight loss had more to do with being more tuned into the riding and where I was than to my stomach. I simply skipped lunch or dinner more days than not. I didn't plan to, and not very smart, but I did. Now that I'm back home, I find I'm hungry all the time. I think my body is trying to get back to it's normal weight.
  2. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Loved the report! Thanks!! :clap:clap:clap
  3. jbar28

    jbar28 Been here awhile

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    Since I've been back, I've become aware of a place in Ouarzazate called Biker's Home. While I've never been there and don't know these folks, it seems many ADV riders do. Among the services they offer are:

    "Broken down with your bike or 4×4 in Morocco and need parts? We can help you out. Need a clean garage with lots of tools to do maintenance on your bike… Bikershome! Bike repatriation service throughout the Desert and Atlas Mountains, our pick-up brings your stranded bike back to Spain."

    Had things not gone well the day I got lost, it would have been good to know about this place, so I'm posting this for people who read through this report researching their own ride. May you never need any of those services!
  4. Don T

    Don T Bike Addict

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    That was the place I was looking for (without luck) when we passed through Ouarzazate :patch
  5. pubetmaster

    pubetmaster Adventurer

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    Thanks for that great RR , with sharing your fears and troubles you encountered during it.:clap
  6. jbar28

    jbar28 Been here awhile

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    After I got home I ordered the Service Manual, a couple tools I needed, and did a valve clearance check. Some readers may remember I fretted about valve noise my first day in Morocco and almost turned around. Turns out they are all exactly in spec. Tearing the bike down also gave me a good chance to clean things up.
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    I installed new spark plugs, new air filter, fresh oil change, and put it back together. Runs like a champ. :clap

    Now busy getting ready to head to Turkey in July. :D
  7. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    Turkey will be near or above 40 deg C in July and August. Some fantastic roads, superb scenery, great food and cheap (as in very inexpensive) accommodation. You'll have a great time. And don't forget the cold Efes after a hot day riding :thumb

    Is that regulator/rectifier a mosfet type?
  8. jbar28

    jbar28 Been here awhile

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    No idea, you'd have to ask someone at Suzuki. It's whatever came on it new.