Over the years, the white spots on the map of Europe gone away. It is time to change the continent. Africa is closest to Europe and can be reached on its own axis. Without big problems, Morocco smiles at me, politically relatively stable, moderate Muslims, good infrastructure. Nevertheless, plenty of secluded areas, lots of gravel, slopes Dakar proven, high mountains, great scenery and, when required, a shovel sand. However, my motto is to look at more beautiful with sand and dunes, but not touch as possible, even witrh a heavy loaded bike.. No matter the plan is, three weeks paid recreation, as much as possible in Morocco. Oh, yes, the plan. Book car train Dusseldorf Narbonne, book ferry Sete Nador, Morocco, the return trip is planned flexible. And already the first point is deleted, too expensive. Then wag rather in 2 ½ days by Fronkroich. The second point is simple and 140 EUR still affordable. The ferry leaves, alas, in Sete at 21.00 clock and reaches Nador or Melilla at 10.00 clock on the next day. Perfect. Point three is not particularly difficult in the network there are relatively many GPS maps, tracks and other information. Speaking of GPS maps. The most well-known topo map http://www.motor-europe.com/morocco.php?lang=en I could not install on the Montana. Installation in Base Camp was not a problem. If one has an executable *. Img file of Topo , that works on the Montana!, bring it on. Because the topo map from Garmin is crap, OSM is quite useful. In an analogous form, I was very pleased with the book "Marrakech and the wide South" by Edith Kohlbach. http://www.amazon.de/Marrakech-weite-Süden-Essaouira-Anti-Atlas/dp/3941015044/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406365681&sr=1-9 Funnily enough, the title was something unlike my tour, but I did not know so when buying. The last point, well, dear tour diary ............................. Good preparation is everything, most of the time ....... The vehicle: KTM 690 R, almost standard. Conversions American end http://www.ktm-versand.de/product_info.php/info/p612841_KENNZEICHENHALTER-OBERTEIL.html LED indicators http://www.off-the-road.de/XT-660R-...&varselid=3d17514e3da75d06bf5ccaed068ba7da Trailtech lights http://www.braeuer-shop.de/artikel.php?id=26311 The mask fits almost perfectly with the R, only the speedometer. must be placed about 3 cm higher. Power Parts silencer http://www.rebike.de/ktm-slip-on-aluminium-enddaempfer-76505099100.html Equipped to Travel with: Additional tanks from the island http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk A bench in the neighborhood of www.alles-fuern-arsch.de/home/index.php for the luggage, the good Wolfman http://www.windingroads.co.uk/shop/product.php/161/dry-panniers-saddlebags-wolfman http://www.windingroads.co.uk/shop/product.php/145/wolfman-expedition-dry-duffle-waterproof-small-medium-large-enduro-touring-road-sport-adventure-tail-seat-bag-motorcycling-bike-luggage Touratech pannier racks and GPS Holder http://shop.touratech.de/koffertrager-ktm-690-enduro-enduro-r.html http://shop.touratech.de/gepackbrucke-alu-fur-ktm-690-enduro-enduro-r.html The luggage bags would fit also without a carrier, but since when are therefore 690 tank and tail in personal union, a gain is not wrong. The rear connecting bracket I have, however, omitted because the "soft bags" do not weigh much and the bow looks easy schaize. Why no aluminum case? Wider, heavier, larger, expensive. Just in case the "soft bags" are just not as resistant to abrasion, but also give no dents. It is aborted me a front mounting bolt of the tank. Appears to be a known predetermined breaking point. This helps: http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk...upgrades/ktm-690-subframe-tank-mounting-bolts or http://www.sigutech.com/english/tank-einbau-spezialschrauben/ The IT department provides a Garmin Montana, garnished on a Dell tablet. The optical department provides a Sony NEX 5 with a large pipe. The Camping Department QUECHUA A man tent from Decathlon, small, cheap and good. Thermarest, not the smallest, but with enough comfort. Lightweight sleeping bag by Salewa Comfort pillow by Karrimor The cooking department Transformer mini gas cooker Luxury titanium pot Lightweight Cutlery Here we go. 1. Tag Bonn-Joinville The commute was never so useful as it is today. Against 14 clock I leave the holy place, and put myself on the road. A short stop at the big blue C is necessary because it make my headphones and the USB socket at home cozy. The Eifel is traversed swiftly, one knows, and the passage through Luxembourg is hardly noticeable. Entry into Fronkroich runs without any problems and started the Lorraine departments are plenty of crosses, preferably in a straight line and on smaller roads. This increases the driving fun on photo stops but is largely dispensed with, which make the cut broken. At the end of the day, a temple on a hill in Montsec excited my attention. Although It's a bit too late, but that looks interesting. It turns out that here no strange Frenchman has worshiped his Greek ancestors, but the men across the Atlantic have set this monument, one of eleven. A memorial of World War 1. Relatively interesting, but who want to learn more hard facts about the 1st WW, should go the few kilometers towards Verdun. Shortly after that I want to lay my head in Joinville, had a choice between, let's put it gently, hovel and the Hotel Le Soleil d'Or http://www.hotellesoleildor.fr/index2.htm. I opt for gold. In itself, not a bad decision, the owner is Flame, no French of distress and the KTM hangs around in the garage. A restaurant is in the house, but tonight I like a lot and cheap. Therefore, I dock the local pizzeria. Good decision, even with live music and a Chan ...., er, singer. But cheap, not in France.. Well fed I commute back to the hotel and .......... 2. Jour Joinville-Condat The petit-déjeuner rocks, the bill not, as approximately 80 EUR with the dejeuner. No matter this is holiday. But from now on the overnight expenses fell. On the road again, in Burgundy, I asked a few curious residents for directions. but could give no clear information. Somewhere in the middle of France, a fine vehicle with a nice paintjob. Motorcycling in the Auvergne, drive like a God in France. A damn lovely spot. Been slept in Condat, in the Massif Central, Lac Des Moines hotel http://www.lacdesmoines.fr/ 3. Jour Condat-Sete In the early morning dew I switch from the district Puy de Dome to Chantal, thank God, the landscape remains the same. About mostly deserted country roads, I follow the Geepeeess to the vicinity of Mende, where suspicious arrows would lead me astray. Clearly, at the wrong time with the wrong vehicle at the right place. In a week there is again the most beautiful three days on Enduro world wide http://www.trefle-lozerien-amv.com/ I joined it twice, very fine: http://www.offroad-only.de/Trefle2003.htm at the chapel in the background I hollow me quickly the blessing for the rest of the way. From Mende it is virtually a stone's throw to Sete. Once through the Cevennes, then it is Mediterranean and you're in the Mediterranean. Small shock at the dinky ferry port, but the rusty part because the water is only the "Registration Building." It is empty so embarking is very relaxed, the ferry has 8 floors is virtually a small cruise ship. It is clearly off-season, plenty of space and you can relax on the sleeping chairs, using camping equipment, set up a cozy night. 4. Jour Sete Nador Spending a day on the ferry is not as exciting. The Moroccan customs is on board and the formalities are carried out during the ride. Does not sound bad, stupid is just that only a tax collector sitting there, who must check in about 300 people. But then, this already leads to some tension when the lunch break will kick and another 50 Moroccans incl me are in a row. But even that was somehow regulated. But do not want to know what it looks like with a full house. The rest of the day, beaten to death by good conversation with a German couple from Lake Constance, who want to travel with an old BMW GS 3 weeks Morocco. And one more tip. Take away food , the food on board is not so appealing. The Moroccans seem to know, prepare the tagine on the deck itself.