(Not So Famous) Five Have A Moroccan Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DeeGee, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. VTwins4me

    VTwins4me Been here awhile

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    Glad you like them - the original idea was that we'd all wear the same - as a "team" thing.

    Unfortunately Halvarssons do not make them in ultra short leg length so that idea was shelved..........:wink:
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  2. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    So the following day we left Fawlty Towers and headed further south, satnav throwing a thromby now and again as we were travelling between newly laid motorway and old roads. "Drive to highlighted route" she screamed then proceded to re-calculate, I had to smile :)

    Fuel, food and fluids, it was getting warmer and warmer :thumb

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    After a couple of fuel stops we finally made it to Alhaurin el Grande, punched search for hotels in the satnav and picked one out. We rumbled through the narrow streets as people stop and stared as we made it to our destination, prices negotioted and rooms were booked. Bikes parked and secured, showers was had and clean clothes were worn and we then went in search of food.

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    We found a great little seafood restaurant and had a feast.

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    The next day we made the short journey to visit Hana at www.motoadventours.com where we had arranged to get our tyres swapped over and to store any gear we wouldn't need until the return of our journey. Hana and her partner Dakar rider Patrick Trahan run organised tours in Morocco, it was great to chat with Patrick and share some of his stories from the Dakar, he was generous in his advice for us newbies visiting Morocco for the first time also.

    After chatting we got busy with the bikes.

    Terry and Pete chatting with Hana

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    Jack looking busy

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    Jack checking that the young lad was cleaning the bike properly, that's what she told me anyway! :augie

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    Then showing a bit of interest :wink:

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    Someone had taken the only jack in the building so they could remove both wheels! Not mentioning any names like :huh

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    I then realised we did have another jack....... Jack :D

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    As the rear wheel was done I could now get the front one removed while Jack sat on the bike :lol3

    Cracking place and set up Hana had, plenty of bike space, decent set of tools and equipment and lots of storage space for bike gear and tyres.

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    We eventually got finished around lunchtime, a few last minute tips from Hana on where to eat and stay and one last bit of advice from Patrick and we were on our way to the port. Originally we were going to sail from Algecieras, but Hana called ahead and she told us that we wouldn't get there in time for the next scheduled crossing and advised us to go to Tarifa, which we did.

    We checked in and paid our fees for the crossing to Tangier. Man I was so excited and giddy, we were actually here, within the next couple of hours we would be crossing into north Africa, another continent. Wow! :freaky

    Waiting for the ferry.

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    Jack found time to check out her phone :D

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    As we were waiting and chatting and being pretty excited, some gent offered to take our picture.

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    Then the boat arrived.

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    Bikes fastened securely

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    My first sighting of Morocco

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    We were almost there! Next up the dreaded port! We'd heard so many tales and stories about touts and thieves, we were about to experience it for ourselves. Anticipation and a touch apprehension washed over us as we unsecured the bikes and rode off the ramps and into the port...................
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  3. zeropoint

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    cliffhanger !! look forward to the next instalment. :lurk
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  4. Scooterchick

    Scooterchick And then what?

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    Wow......very cool....!

    The only sighting of Morocco I have ever had was when I visited Disney World in Orlando! hahaha

    I will be tagging along! :clap
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  5. Jasext

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    Looks a cracking trip, cant wait for more
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  6. newsh

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    Excellent stuff Gav! looking forward to the next installment. :)
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  7. Louisdut

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    That looks like a great find :thumb

    Louis
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  8. Frog uk

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    Evening all, I'll be the daft fooker in the Berglund suit on the Black ADV,

    Now look what you made me do Gav, had to sign up to another forum to make my smart arsed comments.:wings

    We can all thank Terry (Chubbythumper) for organising the tyre changing facilities, at the very helpfull Motoadventours with Hanna and Patrick.

    Keep the RR coming Gav.
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  9. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Yep, top find, one of the guys on the HUBB put me in touch with them, like Frog says Hana and Patrick couldn't do enough for us. :thumb

    And Frog get your pics fired into Dropbox please :ricky
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  10. VTwins4me

    VTwins4me Been here awhile

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    That was because "someone" didn't waste time drooling over the admitedly rather attractive Hana or talk bike bollocks with Patrick the Dakar rider. :wink:

    And doesn't that SE look so slim and purposeful compared to those lardy Adventures and even lardier BMs?
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  11. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Yup sure does! At least it looked the part even with Captain Slow on board :ricky :D
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  12. joneswgareth

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    Shame the rider doesn't :hide
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    We can all thank Terry (Chubbythumper) for organising the tyre changing facilities, at the very helpfull Motoadventours with Hanna and Patrick.

    Keep the RR coming Gav.[/QUOTE]


    Cheers for the acknowledgement Pete, Hana and Patrick have a fantastic setup and seem to be doing it for the love of Morocco and biking as much as a business. As you know I had to return home early due to a family bereavement. They stayed open late in order to help me get my front tyre changed which allowed me to get an early start and some good mileage in ( 622 ) next day.:clap:clap:clap

    http://www.motoadventours.com/
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  14. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Great stuff guys, can't wait for the next part :clap

    Gav, do I need to get Pete a 'cocktail umbrella' for his drinks seeing how him and Rob are now 'partners' :D
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    Oooh, you're a one arn't you Bob.

    There ain't no secrets any more after 3 weeks in the same room.:asshat
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  16. g.arbo

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    Good stuff Gav keep her comin'
    Rob where's the rally kit??????

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  17. Double-L

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    I bet that was a long three weeks too,

    Keep it coming DG, one day one day, have a pass too, just no pennies YET!
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  18. VTwins4me

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    You are just jealous :wink:
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  19. VTwins4me

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    Left it too late to install and snag. :cry
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  20. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    So we ride down the ramp and into the port, as I pulled up and took my place in the line I was approached by a guy with a name tag and some papers who asked for my bike documents, at first I ignored him, but he got more persistant so I handed it over. He started filling out a form which I guessed was the D16 form (this is the form needed to import motor vehicles into the country). Prior to the trip we had filled our D16 forms out online. Terry asked me if the guy was a genuine worker and told me to show the guy my D16 form, I did this and the guy screwed the piece of paper he was writing on and then asked me for some money :huh I told him no.


    Once we had sorted all the forms out and the officials had seen and stamped our passports we were fianlly allowed to go through the large gates and beyond.


    First thing we needed to sort out our insurance. As soon as we were through the gates we were approached by two guys asking if we needed insurance and dirhams (Moroccan currency). The first guy was to-ing and fro-ing between the insurance office and saying he could do this for so much and for so many weeks would be another price. While this was going on the second guy kept asking if we needed money and he could give us a good rate.


    We decided to approach the insurance office ourselves and the woman inside couldn't have been more helpful and we sorted it out ourselves to the dismay of our new found friend. We then took advantage of the other guy with the wad of dirhams as the minibank wasn't working, we found ourselves and the bikes centre of attention as we were beginning to attract more and more onlookers, we soon kitted up and rode out into the melee.

    I've ridden in some busy places, London, Rome, Genoa, but in relation to Tangier they're a ride in the park! The day we arrived was a public holiday and the streets were rammed! Kids shouted and waved at us, some gave us the bird :fyyff Horns blasted, lights changed to green, more horns blasted, cars, bicycles, trucks and buses fought for a space on the road. Roundabouts were a challenge, it was like a game of chicken, you really had to have eyes in the back of your helmet! We managed to make our way out of the city and finally make our way south.

    As darkness began to decend on us we travelled on a rollercoaster of a road and witnessed a car travelling the wrong way down a road we were riding on, a cyclist cutting across us and then we saw a guy on a scooter with a kid on the back riding down the other side of the road......... the wrong way! :huh

    We eventually reached the end of the kamikaze road in one piece and found a hotel in Chefchouen.

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    As we slowed down as we passed a couple of hotels a guy came runnng out asking us to follow him to his hotel claiming he would do us a good deal. We settled on 20 euros for the night each and when I asked about secure parking for the bikes he simply opened the double doors and invited us to ride into the hotel foyer/dining room :thumb

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    Rob and Jack happy we'd found a hotel after the hairy ride.

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    The gent offered to take us into town for food once we'd all been showered and changed which we did and we tried our first tagine of the trip, it wasn't very good! :eek1

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    Terry with some local headwear :D

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    The narrow streets of the town were much better as we returned the next morning to take some pictures of the cool blue painted houses.

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    We then returned to the hotel to kit up, get the bikes out of the dining room/reception and get on the road.

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    Petes' bike outside the hotel.

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    The weather was warming up despite the early morning.

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    We stopped to take a few pictures as the scenery was pretty stunnng.

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    Keeping out of the sun.

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    We passed through many small villages in the Rif Mountains on the way down. We all had an assault on our senses as we rode through, without any tarmac underneath us, some of the villages felt a tad intimidating as some of the older kids shouted at us, some just stared and some younger kids threw stones. You could just sense an underlying almost threatening atmosphere, but we all passed through with no incident at all. I must say some of the younger kids did wave at us which was pretty heartwarming for me.

    We found the start of a piste and got kitted up putting on our body armour. Some of the locals came to talk to us too which was great.


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    It turned out not to be much of a piste though as it had been covered in tarmac, but it was good practice for Jack and I 2-up as the tarmac ran out for a few yards at a time every now and then. Then we had our first slight mishap of the trip, Petes' bike had spluttered to a halt. He knew exactly what it was, as some of the 950's have a fairly common fault with the fuel pump.

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    We were in the middle of nowhere, but luckily we knew what the problem was and it was a quick fix. Pete dropped the bash plate so we could get access to the fuel pump, removed the cover to get at the points. When the cover was removed we could see that the points had just stuck together and a quick tap and wiggle they were free. Pete started the bike up a couple of times to be sure all was well, once it was the cover was replaced and all buttoned back up and we were back on the road.


    We reached our destination of Fes that day after a few stops for fuel for the bikes and water and soda drinks for us. Rob negotiated a good price for a good hotel Hana had recommended, we had to shake off a faus guide first though who was trying to get us to follow him to another hotel. He eventually got the message though as we all ignored him, he still had the cheek to ask for some money though :huh

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    The hotel we stayed in was the Zalagh Park Palace and it was pretty impressive :thumb

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    We parked up and went to sort our rooms out.

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    Rob thought it would be a good idea to go for a dip in the swimming pool :loco but we did once the receptionist switched on the lights.

    When we finished our swim we got showered and changed and went for food! :dg

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    We decided we should have a rest and a day off the bikes the following day as we'd been on the road every day putting some big miles in the saddle, so we moved the bikes under the watchful eye of our security guard. This also meant that the next day we could go and have a wander round the Medina in Fes :thumb

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