VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

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

  1. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Hi Dirk, Welcome back!

    I made a bike prop out of an aluminium walking stick. Its about 30cm (12") long when closed and weighs very little. Adjusted to length I can use it for either the front or the rear.
    Its seen a fair bit of use and works well as long as the ground surface isn't too slippery.

    I store it on my bike like this..

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    In use it looks like this...

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  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  3. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Glad you are feeling better! That influenza can really knock a person down for a while! As always, loving your report!:clap
  4. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Thanks mate, I'm almost back to life ;-)
  5. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Good idea! It's at least not as heavy as my solution :lol3

    Dirk
  6. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Today will be a lot of riding from Zagora to M'Hamid. There's a tar route but we follow our insitinct most of the time. A mountain barrier makes us for some kms use the tarmac but as soon as possible we're back on ... no it's not a track. It's just pure open landscape with no tracks, no tyre marks, nothing :clap
    So I'm leaving you with these pictures. Enjoy!

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    I love these old school bikes.
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    We arrive in the palm gardens of M'Hamid just when the sun has set and the moon already welcomes the night. Allah akhbar, what a day!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  7. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    loving all your pics and travel.

    thanks.
  8. nordy

    nordy Been here awhile

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    Superb !

    Some pictures remind me on tilt shift :deal


    Again, good job and I can not wait for the next post :clap
  9. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Your pictures are Amazing.............Your report and pictures are my morning news.
  10. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    A loop around the mediterranean seems to me like one of the best rides out there, and is a dream of mine. As a photographer myself I absolutely love your images, as I pour over each shot I allow the phenomonal composition to carry my eyes wherever the photo takes them. The last update was pure ADV porn. Bikes, dirt, adventure... Finally, as a rider I think your choice of routes through beautiful areas regaurdless of whether there is a road or not is inspiring me to add more dirt to my next trip. Youre bike has got the clearance for any terrain and a gas tank big enough to take you far into the unkown. Youre riding the hell out of that HP2, just as you should.

    Keep em comin please!
  11. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Fellows, your comments are the perfect soul massage. Thank you very much for every word!

    Dirk
  12. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    The host of our accomodation welcomes us for breakfast. He gives us the feeling to be part of his family. A very friendly guy!

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    If I was ever seeking the stereotype of a "romantic orient" this is the place to find it. I breath the atmosphere of something that up to now only existed in my mind. For a moment the lifes of the few people that live here appear to be a dream despite all the harshness their lives have to bear. For a moment ...

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    Going through my luggage in search for I don't know what I come across my little plastic girlfriend again. Must have been Spain when she left the pannier the last time.

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    There is a petrol station in M'Hamid but the pumps are dead today so we fuel up less technical.

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    Thierry, Thomas and Benj take a little detour meanwhile Remi and me ride to Zagora. What you see here is not a palace. It's just an administration building. To me it represents in a very good way the very different conditions of life in Morocco.

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    Remember the stories of Karima who had to leave her village in the winter?
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    Or Nasir, the former Nomad?
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    When I see those differerences I start understanding that there are people trying to find a better life somewhere else. The ferry from Morocco to Spain takes only 35 min. Spain, Europe! The ticket to Europe is not the problem. It's the visa. Only few people get it. The large majority of them are refused. In 2008 60.000 people tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea illegally. Since 1995 more than 10.000 people died on their way to cross the Sea in search for a better life. Drowned or still missing.

    Wasn't it better for the old ones? Of course, when they have been young they will have heard about this Europe. But now with satellite dishes, internet, cellphones this formerly far continent has come very close. Displayed on screens all the time.

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    Talking about cellphones: Our phones have no reception anymore. At least here in the deep south of Morocco. The last line to home has been cut. What a great feeling to be finally far, far away :-)

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    My bike needs a little improvement. The side stand was never designed for the weight of a travel bike. So it tends to deform more and more.

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    After the work of these gentlemen the side stand looks better than before.

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    Remi and me have something to eat on the terrace of a tiny restaurant when this girl shows up asking us for the bones of the chicken we've just eaten.
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    "What do you need it for?", Remi asks here. "To eat", she replies. Can you imagine how we've felt in that moment? A child asks you to give you the bones for eating you've just thrown away.

    We order another plate of chicken and ... she runs away. Remi and me look at each other not knowing what to do or say. Two minutes later the little one returns with her elder sister and they share the chicken.

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    The two girls tell us a bit of their story: The father of the family has left. They don't know where he has gone to. The mother took the children and moved to Zagora. She's not earning any money and has to rely on charity. The children are in the streets trying to support the family in whatever way.

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    What future will these children have?

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    We're leaving Zagora and head north, first to Marrakech and then to Tangiers.

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    Though the road is brilliant and the scenery is magnificent it takes me ages to digest the scene in Zagora. And I'm sure, I won't forget these girls.

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    After hours riding through this country it feels like riding in trance. I have the feeling that it doesn't matter where we go, how long we ride. We just ride ...

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    Cheers for today

    Dirk
  13. pamplonika

    pamplonika Spritfresser

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    Domi, Suzi, XL etc. great memories.
    By the way, great photos and great story.:clap
  14. prooney377

    prooney377 Pete Rooney

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    Just read your last post and seen your amazing pictures. Seems like you are getting to the human level on the trip. I am sure I will be thinking of those poor girls for a long time. How can we in the west have so much and they so little; we throw so much food away and they are begging for bones?

    Reminds me of a time I was in Egypt and a girl of a similar age begged me for some money. I gave her one Egyptian Pound (about 5 pence in English money but a fortune to her). Suddenly I had around 30 kids after food or money or anything I could give them. Broke my heart.

    Anyway, keep the pictures coming, they are amazing.
  15. mart´n

    mart´n Adventurer

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    Is there a story behind this man, those eyes....I´m guessing he must be nearly blind?
    This picture says a lot, or let me rephrase that, all you pictures move me in some way.
    Thanks!
  16. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    This one can go straight for the HU calendar! Epic!
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    Elder_Rogue Loser Gone Wild

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  18. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Dirk, excellent, excellent, excellent both the photos themselves, as art, and especially the way they illustrate the human story. It was on the news here in the States recently that according to a study Americans throw away as much as 40% of the food they purchase. That was shocking to me, as I try not to throw away anything edible. It seems to be that when food is cheap and plentiful waste is condoned or encouraged by society....perhaps a mark of social status is to be able to waste more. I have acquaintances who, if they saw your latest posting, would say "they should just move to a place with jobs" ignoring that these are little children who have no ability to simply move to a better place, which doesn't even address the question of "what better place?". Economists live in a world of numbers but every number somehow relates back to a person, an individual striving to live. Your reports are the antidote to the poison of regarding people as "just numbers."
  19. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Mein Herr, je connais l'histoire mais pourtant j'ai toujours autant de plaisir à la ré-écouter !!!
    :clap:clap:clap:clap

    Il faut vraiment que tu te décides à venir faire des DiaShows par ici.... J'ai parlé avec mon dealer ici ;)
    (/french)

    Even if I know the story, this is still again a pleasure to hear it....
    You're a damn good storyteller, Mein Herr ;)
  20. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Good morning everyone,
    I'm happy to read all your encouraging comments and to realise that at least some parts of my journey are not only touching your eyes.

    Ride the world, see the world.

    Thank you for following

    Dirk