Two 400 XR in Morocco

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

  1. irishdec

    irishdec Been here awhile

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    Two of those pics (I can not decide which) are going on my desktop.Great ride and your a true ADVRIDER!!!:clap
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  2. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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  3. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    I used a Garmin GPFmap76. I'll share the tracks
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  4. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Sunday 29th October Marrakech 0 Km :<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Day off at Marrakech. Today menu : tourism, the medina, tannery, washing, siesta and in order to keep your hand in the mechanical business, our usual tire dismantling. For myself I have to repaste all the repair patches : “ Hey Patrick, Do you think will have enough repair patches ?”
    mudguard must be fixed
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  5. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    hand made funnel, with a plastic sheet, for oil level
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  6. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    As usual, puncture repair

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  7. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Well sticked

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  8. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    I'm a Toulousain

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  9. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    most excellent report!!!! :thumb
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  10. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Monday 30th October Marrakech Agouti 280 Km :<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    We leave at 8 Am, taking the road to Demnate. Today program is the route F4 and G3 in the last Gandini guide. A sealed road until the hydraulic damming of Ait Adel, then the track start soon. This route is very funny, high tracks with wonderful landscapes, a lot of small mountain villages, deep valleys, an excellent track.
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  11. ERIC DN

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    We pass small red <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Bedford</st1:place></st1:City> trucks, very old and overloaded with people everywhere. For the passengers sited on the roof the view over the precipice must be impressive, they have to trust the driver.
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  12. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    a pass
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  13. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Only one tree
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    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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    Arriving to Denmate refuelling for the bikes and the bikers, chicken with French fries, mint tea and we start again. “ do you think we have to purchase some thing just in case ? we have only 100 km to ride it’s only 2 pm, it will be ok “<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    We pass at Iroultane, an area with dinosaur footprint, but we don’t see because I didn’t note it. ( we should return one day ).<o:p></o:p>
    After a ford, I lose the track on the right hand, mistake quickly corrected thanks to the GPS. Once again we ride on a nice mountain track, with landscapes and villages really superb.<o:p></o:p>
    We arrive to the built ford of Imi n’Ouaqqa noted on the Gandini guide, surprise, the flooding due to the storms , has broken the ford. The step is around 2m. On the opposite bank a young guy riding a donkey is crossing the river, and thus showing us where to cross over.<o:p></o:p>
    What are we going to do ?, how is the track further ?. We have already done 50 km from Demnate and normally it stills the same until Agouti our goal. It’s 4 pm, it’s getting dark at 6 pm, lets go we try. Anyway we could return without many problems.<o:p></o:p>
    We decide to use the same way used by the donkey ( it’s normal with an Honda 400 XR ). At first we have to cross a gutter built for watering, down a small slope, driving in the river and get over the opposite bank. Patrick goes without many difficulties, right before the eyes of the villagers,
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  16. ERIC DN

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  17. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Thanks again for sharing, Eric. I love all your pictures, but this is my favorite so far. Especially when I it is 7 degrees F outside this morning (about -15C). Looks nice and warm in Morocco.

    Dave
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  18. coyote

    coyote gagger of lollies

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    Fantastic report!

    I enjoyed reading of your travels over morning coffee; please post more pictures.

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  19. ERIC DN

    ERIC DN Been here awhile

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  20. ERIC DN

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    Following on the track, we are looking for rock engravings advisable in the guide, they are not easy to see.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    At 5 pm we arrive at a pass named Tizi n’Tighiyst, with 2400m high, where there are a lot of rock engravings, this site is very important, we can see engravings everywhere, it’s impressive. Unfortunately, regarding the clock, we must go, people say us we need one hour to Agouti, around 30 km.
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