Wildman's Ride the World 2012 Edition - Morocco & Portugal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Wildman, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    You're doing my dream ride.
    Lucky bugger.
    thanks for all the tips along the way:thumb
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  2. Wildman

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    Hey, Dan! :wave

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    You're welcome!
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  3. doc917

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    if you get a chance.stop at asilah.between rabat + tangier.nice chilled wee town.the people are brilliant,well they are to scotsmen,but i'm biased:freaky:freaky
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  4. Byron1

    Byron1 Been here awhile

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    Looks awesome! Will use this a s a reference if we get chance to make it to Africa! :clap
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  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    great RR Wildman, hope the knee is better, maybe you needed some grape jam on it with that 30yr butter :lol3

    So the wife and I are looking at a trip to Morocco in a few weeks, any signs of anti-US sentiment, or as usuall it's isolated and over blown by the media? And I assume you suggest renting a car (bike not an option right now) to see the the country on our own pace rather than a mega tour bus?
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  6. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Great ride report and photography Wildman! Your F800GS looks fantastic and hopefully it has turned out to be an excellent bike choice for you.

    Thanks for taking the time to post,
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  7. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    I'll tell 'em you sent me. :lol3

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    Have been asked if I'm American several times but then I have a slightly unusual accent having lived seven years outside of the UK. Don't know how they would have responded if I'd said, "yes" but no noticeable American animosity here that I've seen. There are lot's of buses; Vincenzo took one down to Merzouga and an Italian couple who were staying at Dar Warde in Fez with us were touring Morocco by bus, stopping off for a few days when they wanted to. Big old Mercedes taxi's run regular routes picking up anyone who hails until they're full but hiring a car is probably the best option.

    Cheers poolman; love the F800GS, brilliant bike for this kind of trip! :ricky
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  8. doc917

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    don't do that i didn't leave a tip:wink:
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  9. Sroz

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    Great report, thanks for sharing. I haven't been to Marakesh for 20 odd years but they used to have cooked snail vendors that I'd recommend as a different travelling experience. The snails were EXCELLENT!
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  10. Wildman

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    Why am I not surprised that a Jock didn't leave a tip. :augie

    I'm as adventurous as the next guy with most of my eating habits, love frogs legs for example, but have never been able to put a snail in my mouth!
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  11. doc917

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    i can't argue with that.but i must have done something right or must have looked half starved.they made me chips for free as the owner stated ...we know all scottish like chips + as athankyou for saying how good their food had been.p.s the chef looked like burt reynolds smokey=the bandit era.:rofl
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  12. Wildman

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    Two tranquil days up the Auroroute from Marrakech to Ceuta. Vincenzo didn't make the rendezvous in Rabat; he broke down again with ignition problems in Meknes.

    Morocco has a final little kick in the pants for anyone taking this route, the N16 over and round Jbel Moussa. It's not that it's so tough but the wind up there ... you never know which direction it's going to come from next.

    I'm back in Spain. Didn't get up to the Douro Valley in Portugal but saw a bit of southern and central Portugal. Into Madrid tomorrow, Bilbao on Monday and the ferry home on Tuesday.

    Good trip!
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  13. Wildman

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    Just as a footnote to this trip, I took a lesson how to ride in sand today in Dubai. Still damned difficult even on the right bike for the job, with the right tyres, at the right pressures.

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    Everything is shouting in your head to slow down but, as I competently demonstrated a couple of times in the first ten minutes, if you do you're going to stop half way up or come off at the top of that dune!

    Eventually got it going pretty well but after less than an hour I was completely worn out. Fat and 54 or not, I now have added respect for the Dakar guys who do this sort of stuff all day for 14 days. Damed impressive.

    Need to get fitter and get back here again.
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  14. GB

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    Thanks for the detailed report and all those great pics!!! Lucky bastige to have Europe and north africa within easy reach !! :thumb
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    :D

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    :lurk yummi yummi yummi

    I'm sure we're getting a front page out of that report!
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  17. CA Stu

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    Good stuff!

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  18. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    I will bare that in mind!:1drink
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  19. fordyski100

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    Great report . Looks fantastic.
    I have a 1 month trip to Morocco booked with a buddy for April next year and this is our first visit to Morocco so any advice / suggestions would be really helpful.
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  20. panzerrocket

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    Very interesting - thanks mate.
    Now I've got to go to Morocco as well... damn.
    Anymore pic's from the last leg in Morocco? I'd be very interested in seeing them.
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