Two 400 XR in Morocco

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ERIC DN, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Why not Michelin Deserts, this tyre is pretty resistant and not so bad on dry road ( not the same on wet road, much more like Holliday on ice ) the first trip I made in Morocco I had Michelin Deserts we rode about 4000km in Morocco and I would say the tyre was worn out for 60%. this time I had Michelin Baja which is less strong and expensive also than Michelin Deserts, but ok for a 400XR, 3000km 60% worn out. I heared that some guy used Pirelli MT21, seems better for road and not so bad for tracks.
    Otherwise you can go through Spain with an old tyre and change in south, maybe you could buy it in Algeciras.
    If you want some stuff, like maps waypoint etc... don't hesitate
    Eric
  2. focallength

    focallength Long timer

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    nice report, I was wondering what was happenning with this guys tires. It seemed like every other pic was of him changing the tire. Sometimes you Mr. murphy just decides to really stick it to you. Its a good lesson though, if you cant change a tire in the middle of no where, learn how and learn how to do it well. Thanks for the report.
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    Yes, but as you can see on the pics : always smiling when dismantling tyre
    :lol3 :lol3 :evil

    Eric
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    Excellent report Eric !
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
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    The trip in 2006 was so good, that we decided to get back there once again, with a different journey.. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>[/font]

    Same travellers, Patrick and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">Eric</st1:personName>, same bikes, Patrick&#8217;s bike having been revamped. ( regarding oil consummation )
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    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    We went by car with a trailer from South of France until Almeria in Spain, we took a boat to Melilla a Spanish territory in north Africa.
    The boat arrive on time, but the rain has been invited for the party.
    As usual the paperwork at the border take time and need to be patient, the contrast between the Spanish part and Moroccan part is knocking, Welcome to Morocco.
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    We fill in the bikes with gas, get monney to the ATM et go
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    After 5 km my GPS is shutting off, we stop under the rain, I change the wire, hoping that the trouble is due to this
    We start on a paved road, all the morning, we ride under the rain, the wind, it&#8217;s cold, everything that you don&#8217;t expect to find in north Africa..
    I was hoping to find our first track after 50 km but wouallou all paved. At noon we stop at Taourirt to eat something in a restaurant, sheep well roasted ( when it&#8217;s black it&#8217;s cooked ), hoping that the piece you are eating, is not the one you saw lying on the ground when the cooker was cutting the sheep
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    We planned to stop at Debdou for the night. It’s at 50 km only, so since the rain stopped we decide to try a variant road going East, this is 90 km but we expect to find a track.
    Bad idea, we will receive tons of water on the helmet, and no track, but fortunately regarding the weather paved road is not so bad. Before Debdou, I pass a truck just in a middle of a large pool of water, It was like if I knocked a wall of muddy water, I stayed on the bike, I was already wet after 200km under the rain, but it was not funny at all.
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    Coots That's what she said

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    Dude,,,

    Bikes in Morroco, who would not like? And should hell have frozen over last night (nobody told me) and someone on ADV NOT like your thread, well,,,, they can go skiing (if in fact hell did freeze over). Keep it going. :clap
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    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Thanks
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    Two guys show us the road to the only one guesthouse of the town, in fact there are some small cottages, not really Moroccan typical, but with electricity and with small electrical heaters. It's perfect and enough for today
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    Drying clothes
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    Our room for the night

    A friendly wellcome, good diner, we heard weather forecast on an old radio from the fifties, the weather will not get better, we are at 1500m high, it&#8217;s windy, cold. We will see tomorrow we will go south Inch&#8217;allah
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    Monday 20th October Debdou Talsinnt 250 Km

    Wake up early, all clothes are dry, we pack the luggage. It’s windy and cold but it is not raining.
    The today’s stage will bring us to an high plateau, Le plateau du Rekkam ( around 1600m)
    We have enough money to pay the night and that’s it, in addition we didn’t fill in the bike, we are not yet in the trip.
    We go back to the town, there is no gas station and all stores are closed. We found a guy and ask for gas, he explains us there is only smuggled gas, coming from Algeria, he negotiates for us with the grocer who agrees to change 50€ for a reasonable rate
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    We follow a guy out of the town, and after few km we arrive to the “gas station”. When the guy arrive with a 5l bottle with a red liquid inside, I’m afraid, “hey guy we don’t want diesel we want super”, we smell the bottle, it seems to be super, inch’allah we will see
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    We return to the town, chane money, buy “traditional food” ( laughing cow, sardine bread and water ).
    Now back in business, ready to ride.
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    After few km we found the first track, it is really muddy but happy to leave tarmac
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    After a while we pass under a thunderstorm, really strong, in addition the track is really stony here, fortunately it doesn’t last a long time.
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    Plateau du Rekkam
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    Following we ride on a very large plateau, we can see nomads camps, life is not easy there
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    Suddenly after a curve a flooding wadi (river)
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    The problem is not the level of water but the strength of the flood and the risk of having a deep hole hidden with muddy water.
    It’s 2 PM, we decide to take a break and picnic, waiting to see if the water level decrease. Almost one hour later the level has decreased, firstly we try on foot, it’s ok, go
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    We don’t ride a lot, in fact the track and the river pass each over. There the ford built with concrete is totally broken and not passable. After a while we find a passage upstream. We go a head
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