Mo-rockin the Atlas and the Sahara, Morocco part 1

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DominicDomingo, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    A fantastic trip and road report.

    Well worth a bump.
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  2. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    I missed it first time round Dom. Great RR.

    The spider was a camel spider. Agressive little (or big) buggers at times. They can eat your face off whilst you are asleep, as they paralyse your skin when they bite so you can't feel them. I think that might be bullshit :lol3


    Scorps can be bad news in the desert. Some can make you pretty ill, so I'm told.

    I got stung in the Caribbean but it was like a wasp sting, nothing serious.
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  3. Bonsai Elephant

    Bonsai Elephant Banned

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    Just clicked this from your sig-link.

    Great report Dom, and well worth a bump!

    Those small scorpions are nasty - wouldn't kill you, but could kill a baby or an ill/old person. You'd just be laid up for a while feeling like crap.

    Glad you kept away from them and made it back to drink cheap beer in Barcelona!

    :D
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  4. Tim Cullis

    Tim Cullis Partially heighted

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    Excellent write-up, really good photos.

    Someone on ThornTree mentioned a couple of days ago they saw graders and piste bashers heading up the Telouet piste. Pity. I might have a last blast of it in Feb before they finish sealing it.

    A couple of friends are joining me in Marrakech and hiring bikes from loc2roues which seems to get consistently good write-ups.

    Next time you're in Ouarzazate you should check out http://www.bikershome.net Zineb's cooking is brilliant and Peter is a great source of local piste information.

    I did the Agoudal - Dades piste in the opposite direction on a 1200GSA and was feeling light headed that day, so the altitude didn't help. it's a harder piste than you would think just looking at the map.

    Tim
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  5. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    Thanks to you, man. :thumb

    I figure that the Telouet piste will go soon:cry. My sincere hope is that the competent authorities see the value in opening up new pistes and back-country more or less in pace with the paving of old pistes. I reckon that with all the French and Iberian 4x4 clubs present, this might be viable.

    www.loc2roues.com motorcycle rental in Marrakech will always get my thanks for a great rental service in Morocco.

    I look forward to using Dutchman Peter's KTMs :yum in them there hills one day.




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  6. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    Enjoyed this RR - I have fond memories of Morroco. Cheers :D
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  7. Der Haas

    Der Haas #Twinning

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    Did really nobody see the creepyness of this picture??
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    There's a bloody human arm hanging above the goat heads on the pilar...
    :eek1
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  8. Bonsai Elephant

    Bonsai Elephant Banned

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    Fortunately there is also a human waist, and a human apron, and a human being leaning on the pillar keeping halfway out of shot.

    I'm almost sure that the hanging arm is in fact hanging from a shoulder.

    Not really very creepy, I have two that do just that myself.
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  9. O'Ren

    O'Ren Been here awhile

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    Excellent RR in the most beautiful country in the world.. :clap:clap
    Can't wait one day to ride in Morocco as well.. this really inspires me to do it :D

    Oh, about one of your comment about the name "Mohamed" for first born sons in Moroccan or in general, Muslim families. It's not a rule, and it's not even a habit or a custom or cultural thing.
    it's just that Mohamed being the Prophet's name (saaws), it is a very popular name for kids. (A bit like Jesus is quiet popular in South American countries)
    Especially in previous generations (grand parents, great grand parents).
    One custom pretty common however in Muslim families and especially Moroccan ones, is to give your kids the name of their grand parent or great grand parent. So you can see how a popular name will never stop being popular :D

    But this has nothing to do with being the first born son or not, and it's not some sort of tradition or rule for Muslims :)

    Thanks a lot for the report, and for the photos, I really enjoyed reading every post !
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  10. kayakerbiker

    kayakerbiker Adventurer

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    Great Info 2 of us are going in September from Ireland taking the ferry then riding down from Roscoff to Marrakesh ..
    :rofl
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