2 Dirtbags do Morocco

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  1. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    We had other foreign tours planned so Feb was our only free time. Weather-wise it was not the best choice.
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  2. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 8 Dades to Ait Ben Hadou

    Heading into the Dades gorge
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    tea stop at top
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    later -- lunch stop on a rooftop
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    The building is made of twigs and straw?
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    The cafe had 3 levels and only one or two tables per level
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    We really only saw cars in cities. In villages donkey carts still rule.
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    We were supposed to go back into the mountains. The snow and forecast said otherwise.
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    View to the back. Always crumbling buildings mixed with the new.
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    Back on the road. If it weren't for the satellite dishes this could be the Middle Ages.
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    odds n ends for sale on roadside
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    our lovely hotel
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    Hotel and next door. Can you tell which is which? The surprising part is the new glass room built on the crumbling walls.
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    Back of the hotel. Stairway to nowhere.
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    On the other side of the hotel.
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    irrigation system
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    behind the hotel
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    in the village
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    We met a local on his way to prayers. He was a realtor and tried to convince us to buy property in the village.

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    We had an excellent dinner in a private dining room. So posh!
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  3. pzvt

    pzvt Been here awhile Supporter

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    So if February is not the time to go (looks like it worked) when is good for below 85 deg f temps? You’re rr is making me start planning. Who did you use (maybe no longer in businesses). Thanks much
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  4. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    We used Hispania Motorcycle Tours. We also used them for a self-guided tour in Spain. We were pleased with their bikes, service and hotel choices.
    Contact them about weather and timing. Maybe we went during a unusually cold wet year?
    https://www.hispania-tours.com/
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  5. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 9 Ait Ben Hadou to Taroudant

    We didn’t see any Moroccan girls dressed like this.
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    Abandoned building
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    It was probably very elegant in its day.
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    Stick and mud construction
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    The goats were climbing in trees to eat leaves but the shepherd wanted money to take their picture.
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    We were riding along this dry valley when suddenly the scenery was all blue. What?? A blue desert??

    Every bush and plant was plastered with fluttering blue plastic grocery bags. For miles. The litter blows in the wind and gets snagged on the vegetation. I kick myself that I didn't get a photo.

    We eventually entered large plains filled with orange groves. Miles and miles of orange trees. The work was still done with donkeys. These small animals were pulling wagons with huge piles of tree trimmings.

    Beautiful gardens at our hotel
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    Our room was like a hard-walled tent facing the pool
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    So cute
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    Excellent dinner and service
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    dining room fireplace
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    dining room lamp
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    Lobby. I love the richness of the architecture and design.
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    ceiling detail in the bar
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    table in the lobby
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  6. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I’m really enjoying this. Thanks and more please. :clap
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  7. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 10 Taroudant loop
    Today we made a loop through the mountains and back to the same hotel.

    Into the orchards
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    Our planned road in the orchards did not go through or we were lost. Back we go.
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    Into the dry Anti Atlas Mountains
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    Old village/fortress on hilltop was our lunch stop
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    Lots of stairs
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    colorful walls
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    Like mice trying to find the cheese…
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    A new or restored building looks promising...
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    Ta Da!
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    We had soup too.
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    Worth the climb and hunt
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    views from the restaurant
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    A nice casual day and another fantastic dinner at the hotel.
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  8. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 11 Taroudant to Marrakesh

    Breakfast at the hotel. And lots of fresh orange juice!
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    The oj was probably from the hotel gardens.
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    We had a half day’s ride.
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    Hotel entrance in Marrakesh. The door was always locked. Ring bell for service.
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    Our fancy room
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    The windows faced a beautiful courtyard
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    one of the courtyards
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    courtyard fountain with rose petals
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    on the rooftop
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    another courtyard
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    behind the hotel. Always a hodge podge.
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    Ceiling detail. Amazing.
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    We walked to the famous market and had a mediocre lunch from a street vendor. We would do much better the next day.

    Wonderful dinner in the hotel
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    I think this was lamb.
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    The bread plate is a work of art.
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    Day 12 Marrakesh
    We tried to stroll some residential side streets, but the locals kept pointing us back to the main street. I don’t know if they thought we were lost or they didn’t want us in their neighborhood or near the mosque.

    We walked to the market and wandered for hours. No guide needed.
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    Watch for scammers. They might work in twos or threes with cell phones and scooters. One pretended to know us from the hotel. Others tried to give us safety advice. They wanted to steer us someplace like "their cousin's shop". The Hubby pretended to only speak Norwegian. :lol2
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    All prices are negotiable. I got a beautiful silk scarf. The initial quoted prices were sky high. I left the shop and the price dropped dramatically. Every time I stepped out of the shop the price dropped. Then we got to haggling. It was fun.

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    We found a fabulous restaurant on a quiet courtyard in another hotel.
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    A rare empty spot near the market. I dressed conservatively but there were lots of young female tourists in skimpy shorts and tank tops including teens with their parents.
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    The central square of the market. The more interesting shops are on the side streets.
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    Its packed in the evening.
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    Dinner back at the hotel.
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    custard
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  9. young1

    young1 Long timer

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    Thank you for sharing, brings back wonderful memories of our visit back in 2014 (a couple of those hotels look VERY familiar).
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  10. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Boy, am I hungry; I would do the trip for food alone! It looks to have been a very relaxing enjoyable tour.

    Reminds me of our ‘85 trip to Europe, we bought a new K1000rs in Germany and toured for a couple weeks. The kicker was, for $25 Canadian, the bike flew back with us as a extra piece of luggage. To top it off, the Mark was way down to the US dollar. When back home, I sold the bike; which payed for most of the trip.
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  11. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    You're welcome.
    Except for the weather, it was a relaxing tour. The riding was easy. There is little traffic. The food was great. The service at the hotels and restaurants was usually excellent.
    We could have done the trip self-guided. They speak enough English at the hotels. I knew enough French to read menus. Initially I was nervous about traveling in a Muslim country but it was not a problem. Except for the one rock throwing incident we didn't have any issues.
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  12. Eastbay Dirtbag

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    Day 13 Marrakesh to Rabat
    The scenery was not so special the first half of the day, but we did wish we could have gotten photos of the people along the way.

    Tea stop
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    Do you want some tea with your sugar?
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    The owner of the cafe didn’t speak English. To show my thanks I put my palms together and bowed my head. He must have appreciated the gesture because he didn't charge us.

    Wonderful winding roads through the countryside with scattered dwellings
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    More donkeys than cars.
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    Lunch stop. Its fresh!
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    Just point to chose the meat, even though we weren't sure what it was.
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    Rabat is the capital of Morocco. Our fabulous hotel was on the beach.
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    Next door was the president’s house. Guards stood outside with rifles.

    Very posh, but the tap water was yellow. Hmmm...
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    swanky lobby
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    Day 14 Rabat to Tangier to Ferry

    We visited an incredible tomb with guards on horseback.
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    They were going to built a giant mosque outside but it didn’t happen.
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    I don’t know the point of all the holes but the pigeons like it.
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    cozy cat
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    Tangier is a big modern city with traffic.
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    The traffic heading in was at a standstill. But we had a ferry to catch. We passed the long lines of cars by riding in the opposing lane, even through blinds curves. Not recommended, but we survived.

    How to build a minaret
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    How the 0.0001% travels in style.
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    Enclosed walkway from the terminal to the ferry.
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    cruise ship
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    Leaving Morocco. Thanks for the memories.
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    Hello Espana.
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    More bad weather on the way.
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    We had lunch then rode in pouring rain for 2 hours back to Malaga. Funny that it ended the way it started!

    THE END
    Thanks for riding along, :wave
    EBDB
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    always wanted to go to Morroco, and since traveling overseas is not the best at the moment, this RR is perfect.

    ebdb thanks for all the work.
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  14. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and Love

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    Thank you for taking the time to write this up, looks like a great trip. :thumb
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  15. CCitis

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    This was fantastic. Thank you!
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  16. pzvt

    pzvt Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing!!!
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    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    Fantastic! Thanks.:clap
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    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    You guys are the best! As always with your reports, the eye for photography is evident. Thanks for taking the time.
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  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Outstanding! :clap
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