VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kimangao, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    fröhlich Weihnachten, Mein Herr !
    It's summer tomorrow :-)
  2. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    From your point of you, you lucky you ... :lol3

    Enjoy!
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    Great RR, subscribed :) and i'm getting the DVD,seems very good from the trailer :wink:
  4. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    It is a tough ride out of that rocky labyrinth and we're appreciating any kind of refreshment.

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    Back on track we're climbing higher and higher into the heart of the Atlas mountains.

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    We're taking a lot of brakes to inhale this magnificent scenery. It's in places like this where the importance of almost everything degenerates into insignificance.

    Can you see the bike on the trail?

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    It's also in places like this where you think you're completely alone but soon you'll find out you aren't. Here we're meeting a sheperd who came running down the hill as he heard the bikes approaching. Remi knows some Berber and Arabic and he finds out that the guy is in need of some petrol. But we don't know what he needs it for. There's no moped, nothing around...

    He pulls out a tiny piece of cloth and dips it into Thomas' fuel tank. Then he takes the moistured cloth and ...

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    ... puts it into his mouth! :eek1 He probably has an infection or any kind of teeth problem. So Remi asks him to let him inspect his mouth and check if we're having something more appropriate than fuel to cure whatever is there. But he refuses and as fast as he has arrived he runs back up the hill where he has come from...

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    Significant to the Atlas are the bare mountains and green valleys. It's there where creeks and rivers form lifelines in a deserted countryside.

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    Now this is one of my most beloved shots of the time in Morocco. To me it says everything about travelling. A vast and inspirational landscape, nearly deserted with a few signs of life, tires blow dust into the air and two buddies ride along knowing that whatever they do they can rely on each other.

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    Sun is setting and we're speeding up to reach todays destination: Imilchil.

    See you there

    Dirk
  5. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Some say "a picture is worth a thousand words" but your words and photo together......they say it all.

    Many thanks, Dirk.
  6. littlebike

    littlebike Adventurer

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    Hi Dirk,

    Nice Moroccan stage and views of Atlas range:clap
    Curious to ask you how was the Midelt to Imilchil route besides the Oued shortcut :lol3
    I am planning to pay a visit to Morocco next year including Midelt, Imilchil and Boudenib areas

    Cheers
    Thierry
  7. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    no-no, you didn3t see us here ;) missed us by one day, if my memory serves...:cry
    (btw, on our way to Santiago de Chile ;) )
  8. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    It does. And I remember of course. A slight misinterpretation of the calender date. But I was referring to the Remi and the other French boys who gave me company to Imilchil ;-)
  9. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Was just joking about your "see you there". ;)
    I sadly remember having missing you by a day.
  10. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Salut Thierry,
    besides the little detour into the Oued (riverbed) it wasn't too difficult. I was there last in Oct '12 and found that at some Oueds crossings the former track has been swept away by floods. The new crossings are rocky but if you take it easy there shouldn't be a problem. Some pretty steep sections seemed to be a bit scary. But if you take it easy ... :lol3

    Good luck on your trip to Morocco!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  11. nordy

    nordy Been here awhile

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    Absolutely blew my mind.
    I hope you will be able, in some of the next trip, turn a bit Serbia and be my guest.

    All praise the writing and photography!

    signing in :clap
  12. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Happy New Year, Dirk. And thanks again for sharing your riding with us! You have a gift!
  13. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    My pleasure! And Happy New Year to you, too!

    Dirk
  14. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Nordy,
    thank you. And Serbia is not unlikely in 2013. I'm thinking about a trip that would take me through your nice country, too. Hope to see you then

    Cheers

    Dirk
  15. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Arriving in Imilchil means arriving in another world to us. People are - even for moroccan standards - very poor. The climate is rough, vegetation few and the village is a collection of a few stores and restaurants. However, Imilchil became famous for the annual marriage festival. Due to the isolation of the tiny villages in the region and the restrictions of the Berber culture young men can't easily meet the ladies. The festival offers the opportunity for them to meet and make their decisions whom to marry.

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    Our host in a recommendable pension is Monsieur Bassou. He's an absloute gentle person and a qualified mountain guide with a lot of experience both in the French Alps and in the High Atlas.

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    After a quick breakfast we're setting of towards Agoudal where the road splits for a descent into two canyons.

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    The tar road takes us more or less quickly to Agoudal and we decide to have a second breakfast there.

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    The town is quite in the early morning hours. Few people on the road, some storks are repairing their nest.

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    Some children are watiching us as we eat and Remi knowing some of their language finds out that this girl, Kerima, is carrying her little brother. During the last winter they and all inhabitants of Agoudal had to leave the village. The winter was that harsh, the snow that high that Agoudal was completely cut off from the rest of the country. Food and fire wood were used up and the only chance to survive was to walk to Imilchil. 35kms on foot, no winter boots, no fancy GoreTex jackets ...

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    Watching these kids faces I was wondering what their future will be like. A question that I'm going to come across several more times. But those little ones often knew how to blow away my pessimism with a smile.

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    We say good bye to Agoudal and chose the track towards the Todra Canyon.

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    I'll keep quite now and leave you with these pictures of this massive, stunning scenery.

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    As the valley becomes narrower the first palmtrees remind us of the near civilisation.
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    The asphalt near the tight section of the Canyon has been swept away by the floods resulting from the melting snow in the higher areas.
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    It's already late as we arrive in the oasis of Tinghir. We haven't done many kilometers today. But it was a rich day.

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    Hope you enjoyed this section of the trip as we did.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  16. morabo

    morabo maiali nel fango

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    I remember your trip from the Touratech catalogue a few years ago (and loving your bike since then). Great ride and beautiful pics! Thanks for posting them.
    Subscribed! :thumb
  17. Nemanja

    Nemanja n00b

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    One of the best ride reports i have ever read! Your pictures are great as well!! Thank You very much for sharing

    Cheers!
  18. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Hey Dirk,

    You're making me nervous. I'd really like to finish reading your RR before I hit the road again myself but...

    It started in August....its now January. I reckon you've covered 15-20% of your journey which means (at this rate) it'll take you another 2 YEARS to finish!!! :eek1

    Dude...your killin' us!!!

    Happy New Year...may the words flow from your finger tips...
  19. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    Great RR! thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to the rest.
  20. Duke78

    Duke78 Been here awhile

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