VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

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

  1. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    It was already late, when Remi and me arrived in Ouarzazate. We just took the next available place to crash (with a reasonable price). In the morning it turns out to be a rather splendid hotel.

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    Not far from Ouarzazate to the north lies the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou. It is listed as a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site an loads of movies used it as scenery like Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander, Gladiatior, Jesus of Nazareth.

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    To me again this is one of the place you may realise the dreams of your childhood. This is the place where adventurous stories take place, isn't it?

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    Reality of course is something different than those dreams but for a while I enjoy being in another time of my own life.

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    Most people living here try to sell souvenirs to tourists like this gentleman. When I meet him his day is already done and he is so kind as to let me share his company while he makes his supper. Have a look at the post card in the top right corner. Do you remember the place?

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    I could stay in Ait Ben Haddou for days. Try to imagine how life must have been here 50 years, 100 years ago!

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    We're crossing Tizi N'Tichka with 2260m one of the highest tarmaced roads in Morocco on the way to Rabat, the capital.

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    In the heart of Rabat we come across the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, the grandfather of todays king Mohammed VI. The builing with its snow-white facade is considered to be a masterpiece of modern Morrocan architecture.

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    This tower, right next to the Mausoleum, is much older. It was supposed to be part of a mosque that was never completed. The constructions began 900 ago.

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    Keep this tower in mind because you will see it again. On this journey, yes, but in another city, on another continent. Any ideas?

    Cheers

    Dirk
  2. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Loving the Pictures man! Especially Morocco. Bringing back some memories.

    Keep up the amazing RR! :clap:clap:clap:clap
  3. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    you have one of its sisters in Marrakesh ;) The Koutoubia.
    The other is in the "country of the barbarians"..... :evil
  4. Mr Pif

    Mr Pif Adventurer

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    and till that moment of your trip now u r riding with a rear Metzeler Tourance??????????????????????????????????
    i have tested them on gravel road fearing that i'll call road assistance after a few Km.but i didn't.
    now i'm sure that it's a tyre not only for ''on road'' performance.
    once again your photos are state of the art,
    :thumbup
  5. rhino1987

    rhino1987 Adventurer

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    Dirk,

    I'm trying to order your book for shipping to the United States, but Touratech US doesn't carry it and I wasn't able to choose a US shipping address from the .de Touratech site. Any suggestions how to buy it?
  6. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Simply amazing picture. The warmth and light from the open door looks so welcoming in the twilight.

    Great thread! Looking forward to more.

    Wayne
  7. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi Rhino,
    I'm sorry about that. What they have is the 60min movie-DVD. Don't know if that could be an alternative for you. About the book: I've sent you a pm.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  8. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    I have to admit that the Tourance was the only tyre I could get before going to Morocco after the rear TKC80 had gone. The one in the front made it through Morocco. After returning back to Spain I bought a new set of TKC80 that was supposed to last to Cairo. In the end it had to last till home, about 25.000kms. Don't ask me how they looked like :lol3
  9. JohnnyTh

    JohnnyTh Been here awhile

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    Wish there was some way to reach out to those girls. One thing is to give money to a organisation, somthing else to know who it is your helping out.
  10. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Johnny, you're so right! We're supporting a boy in Kenya whom we know personally since he was very small. Keeping in touch with him and visiting him made and makes a difference in his and also our lives.
    A child focused development organisation who offers personal contact to the child you're supporting is Plan.

    http://plan-international.org/what-you-can-do/sponsor-a-child

    Two friends of mine recently did a bike trip to meet "their" girl in Sambia. Another great individual adventure ...

    Cheers

    Dirk
  11. =[BAD]=TEX

    =[BAD]=TEX Adventurer

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    AWESOME PHOTOS!, :lurk AWESOME RR!!:clap:clap:clap
  12. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Arriving in the outskirts of Tangiers we all know that it is time to say good bye. The French boys will take a ferry back home and I will keep on riding around the Med.


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    To get over the sad feeling of loosing the excellent company and to readjust myself to the lone-traveller mode I'm strolling through the Medina of Tangiers. Can you imagine that this city lives in the same 21st century as we do?

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    Watching some people I doubt that their knowledge of foreign languages is sufficient. Or would you carry that bag with you? But maybe it's just a sign of self confidence.

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    About 15kms west of Tangiers is the lighthouse of Cap Spartel located. Tangiers is close to the narrowest point of the Straight of Gibraltar. But the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet out here at Cap Spartel.

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    I'm asking the guard if it is possible to visit the lighthouse and a few minutes later I'm climbing these corkscrew stairs.
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    Hey, what a panorama! What you see in the Sea are different kinds of blue. The darker parts belong to the Atlantic Ocean, the brighter water originates from the Med. Because the Med's water is heavier than the Atlantic water it literally dives under the incoming Atlantic water through the Straight of Gibraltar to come back to the surface a few kilometers west of the Straight.

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    Check out the water colors on this picture.

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    While I stand here admiring one of natures wonders another thought comes back into my brain: The visa for Algeria!

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    "Morocco's flag is flapping in the calm wind and right behind the Algerian one. The good thing is that here at the border they have a consulate. For what you may need a consulate at a border that is closed for more than a decade I don't know. But I can renew my visa here. At least this was what I'm thinking.


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    My visit to the consulate is a quick one. Quick and unsuccessful. It won't be a problem to get a visa, the haggard employee behind her scuffed desk tells me. Unfortunately this can be done only in Rabat, the capital. And when I am back on my HP2 I am enjoying the thought to do a little detour through Morocco in order to get the visa."


    Ok, so how to get the visa now?

    Cheers for today

    Dirk
  13. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Epic pictures. The photo and story about the girls really touched me.

    How much extra time does it take you to make this art? When I am travelling I am more or less in a hurry.
  14. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Good mornig Kave,
    thank you very much. Riding alone means of course to spend some extra time on photography especially if you want to be in the picture. Find a place, set the tripod, install the camera, ride, come back, check the pictures it took, do it again if necessary and finally pack everything back on where it belongs on the bike. ;-)
    In the end I guess I've spend some minutes on it. :D

    Have a nice day!

    Dirk
  15. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Ok , I had to ride to the Algerian Embassy in the capital, Rabat. I've already had one so it shouldn't be a problem to get it renewed or simply another one.

    But watch the video to see what happend!

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WKNotG715Sw" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe>

    How would you have felt?

    Cheers

    Dirk
  16. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    About that, you have a little story about this picture, right ?
  17. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Dirk, I can't believe they sent you back to Europe to get that visa! You just have to love twisted governmental rules, eh? It is a tribute to you that you did not just quit the journey right there in disgust. I am excitedly awaiting the next episode in this segment that I have taken to calling "Chasing Algeria."
  18. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Err, yes ... little story. But that requires some minutes to put it together ...
    I'll work it out.

    Bisous

    Dirk
  19. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Just wait till you see part 2 of this one :lol3

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    And riding to Alicante means another 1000 kms ... But what shall I do? Seems as if this is the only solution. And I'm far from being pessimistic!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  20. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Been enjoy your report and especially your photo
    Your pictures are amazing, so vivid, so real the color and the contrast is just
    Seemly amazing. I can only wish I have a fraction of your talent. Keep up the good work and safe travel. Good luck with your visa status. Let me know how can I purchase a book from you. I would love to share the story and pictures to family and friends.

    Cheers
    Scub