It had to happen at some point, so 2013 was the year. And my 50st birthday was as good an excuse as any so off we went. I was not on a GS, but Gies was. Kasper and I were on a KTM950SE. The bikes went to Almeria on a truck and we took a cheap flight, Dortmund to Malaga. There we rented a car to go pick up the bikes and then we took the midnight boat to Melilla. We had a cabin and when we woke up, it looked like Africa already. People sleeping on the floor all over the place, men washing their feet in the washbowls for morning prayer, water and dirt all over the lavatories, evidence of some sea sickness... Next time we'll probably take a cabin with toilet. Crossing the border in Melilla took us three hours and then we could get going. After about an hour mister policeman wanted us to pull over. But all he wanted was a chat so that didn't take long. Lunch stop after some tarmac miles. And then we got to the first piste. Piece of cake at first, but then the piste got cut up by numerous small dry river beds and we lost quite a bit of time finding places to cross. It was getting dark quickly and then all of a sudden we were on decent piste again, just in time. The last 20 miles we were in the dark. Luckily I had mounted some extra lights before we left, just in case. Unfortunately we didn't have time to takes pictures at the time. The next morning Kasper had caca Maroc. So he decided to stay on tarmac to the next town, while Gies and I took off to the next piste across Plateau du Rekkam. In daylight our hotel looked like this. In the very middle of nowhere we found a little bunker and three soldiers with their 4x4. Of course they treated us to some tea and showed us their luxury accommodation with all mod cons. And on we went... Around noon we picked up Kasper and continued on the next piste, with a pick-nick stop at this abadoned little building. In the evening we had the first tajine of this trip. And then we went to the Auberge du Jaffar to find a bed for the night. There the famous piste "Cirque du Jaffar" was waiting for us.