Alhamdulillah ... Morocco Bound!

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    Time for another ride report to start! I fly in a couple of days Morocco bound.

    It been a little weird since coming back in October early as Julie's (AKA @Wild Ginger) father got sick and passed away. Sadly she won't join this trip wanting to spend a bit of time at home ....

    I did drag her out here last week though!

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    We then had the shocking fires and now as I write this torrential rain and some flooding! In the words of the poem ... "We'll All Be Ruined Said Harrahan!"

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    Smokey Sydney ...

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    And signs of new life ...

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    Im just back from a quick jaunt out to Broken Hill in somewhat brutal 43 degrees C (or 110F) temps so hoping for some cooler european weather and sensible temps in the high Atlas. Michael and Vicki came over from LA (we'd met a while ago at Dead Horse/Prudo Bay and stayed in touch and visited a couple of years ago! It was nice to get back on the bike and show them some country!

    They met a few road trains ....

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    Stayed in some 5* Pubs!

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    And saw the sights!

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    Last years ride finished with the bike being parked in the UK, tucked up safe and sound in my mum's garage. Quite a lady at 94 and threatening to take the bike for a spin!

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    This time the ride will take me down to the south coast, across to Le Harvre then blast thru France and into norther Spain then Portugal. I'll cross from Algeciras to Ceuta, which is a Spanish enclave embedded in the North of Morocco. After that I have a couple of weeks to explore and little planned other than a list of roads and tracks I'm keen to ride! Ill come out of Tangiers to Genoa in Italy and work my way back to UK from there!

    That's the plan! We’ll see how we go and how the weather and road treats us!

    Most of the big logistics are in place and excitement is rising!

    This trip is the next instalment of a series of trips celebrating the fact I can still do this!

    The report is the seventh write up of a slow burn round the world trip that so far has led to the following reports. In many ways these blogs become my journal and diary.

    2015 - Burning Man and Beyond - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/burning-man-and-beyond-three-months-in-the-us.1081126/

    2016 - Iceberg Dead ahead! – http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/iceberg-dead-ahead.1144880/

    2017 - OK I read the rules, so I am going to NZ (on and off) for a year! - http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...im-going-to-nz-on-and-off-for-a-year.1198148/

    2018 - Nunca haremos un giro a la izquierda! (Mexico to the Translab ....) - https://advrider.com/f/threads/nunca-haremos-un-giro-a-la-izquierda-mexico-to-the-translab.1293606/

    2019 – I come From a Land DownUnder! https://advrider.com/f/threads/i-come-from-a-land-down-under.1379406/which happened earlier this year after I saw the HU Hubb meeting in Perth was coming up so I called my old (literally!) riding buddy John C up (he lives in NZ) and suggested he buy a bike over here and come and join me! It ended up being somewhat more epic than first planned!

    2019 The Big Leap (Canadian Arctic Circle to Norwegian Arctic Circle) - https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-big-leap-circle-to-circle.1390223/ which saw the bike travel from Tuktoyuktuk to England via Iceland, Faroes, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.

    I will update as wifi and time allows and as usual it will be filled with pictures and a light narrative! (and a healthy smattering of typos and spellos!)

    There should be some great landscapes and bike porn pic opportunities as the trip progresses. Plus a few BOTD shots! (Beer of the Day!). Although it might need to be MTOTD (Mint Tea of the Day) in Morocco!

    My ride is a 2014 BMW 1200 which replaced the one that was killed in NZ on trip 3 .... I do try and stay on top of maintenance but the usual micro fails happen when you use the bike .... the biggest issue has been the front wheel which took a monster hit at the beginning of the trip to Mexico. A new wheel was installed last in Newfoundland (at vast expense!) and all is good. I was very nervous about trashing the new rim in Iceland but got away with it in spite of lots of off road.

    There is an oil change planned for next week in the UK and then I'm off!
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    I'm being joined by a pal for the first 14 days or so until Morocco where I will go south and he will return home. Steve is new to all this and I am sure this will be his first multi day ride so well see how we go! I was his best man some 31 years ago so lots to catch up on!

    This was me at the end of last year showing Stephen how to fall off on wet grass!

    He was quite good at it!

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    Restorative BOTD helped!
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    I have been in hard training with my Portuguese mate who has introduced me to the Faro M/C guys ....

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    So little to do now but to finish packing and get my stuff together ...

    More to follow in a few days when riding starts!

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    Wow Im getting quite a send off from Sydney! 8" of rain in 36 hours and crazy weather!

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    A last ride out before Michael and Vicki head home ...

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    Scenic BOTD!


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    Looks like this should be a good ride. I'm in!
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    Welcome aboard!
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    In! Had to google that title tho... Nice:-)
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    Ah there you are! Welcome aboard I fly tomorrow, so frantic packing activity here. We had 300mm of rain at weekend so was a bit worried id be washed away ... now sunny but super humid in Sydney! love to Marilyn. Hope the west treats you well. What plans for adventure for you this year?

    Been trying to learn a little arabic, luckily my schoolboy French should see me thru in main centres in Morocco.

    Hoping for dry fast ride down to Spain and Portugal then slow it down for a few weeks.

    kun amanaa sadiqi waltamatue altariaq!

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    قد لا يبصق جملك سوى التمور!
    qad la yubasiq jumlak siwaa altamur!
    "May your camel spit nothing but dates!" (old Newfie saying of course...)
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    "Shukran" is all you need.
    Good luck, be safe, post lots of pics.
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    Thanks and great advice ....

    Fly in a few hours!
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    "Ayes de bye dat rides da bike!"

    Where's @damurph when we need him? We need some proper pirate speak!

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    Installed! 28 hours in a “Corona Tube” to get to the start! Wish me luck!

    A bit more than the 21 grams my soul weighs!

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    Leg room ... my best friend!

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    See you on the other side!

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    Valentines Day reunion! Oiled up an ready to play!

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    Bloody touratech 11 screws for one bash plate! 5 mins for oil and filter change, about 90 mins remove the bashplate!

    No mud will be thrown!
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    Weather looks better where I headed ...

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    ... than where I am!!

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    And the first BOTD!

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    All in all, a good day!
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    Rain, rain and rain today so packing “Bison” and sorting my gear out!

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    Good news on the accomodation front! Sure beats a tent!

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    You gotta love flying .... I have a man cold!



    Not even this BOTD could cure my cold!

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    I’ve been laid pretty low with this flu but hit the road tomorrow. Mostly better!

    Sure is wet here and had a wonder around the muddy lanes today!

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    The lanes near Mum are so pretty and fun to putter around!
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    Only in Gloucestershire is there a choice of THREE types of pickled egg!!

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    Thanks most helpful and I have printed my copy off and filled it out .... I wonder how many people self certify positively and look forwards to 2 weeks in a Moroccan quarantine station?

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    Much to report on as we left England last night and I write this as we dock at La Havre.... how exciting!

    Had an amazing stay with and old mate who lived next door to Charles Dickens old house. Quite a spot and three ghosts to boot!

    Cold wet and unpleasant 46F ride down to Portsmouth!

    Leaving Mum’s!

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    The old girl in all her finest!
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    Dead ends!
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    Now that’s a bar!
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    We had “company”
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    The pier from Quadrophenia!
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    Off to La Rochelle today .. get south and dry and warm fast!

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    Stephen’s first BOTD a very ordinary euro 1066!!

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    Morning France! It’s. “I’l ne plus pas!!” Its not raining!
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