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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we toured the old city or Casco Antiguo and stopped in for some vino tinto and traditional tapas.

    [​IMG]marbella 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    At home we opened the bottle of bubbles Orvar brought with him from Champagne.

    [​IMG]marbella 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today Antonio had to go to Japan on business and so it was up to Natalia to show us around. We had lunch at a trendy tapas bar and then had drinks at the beach. We had to dip our toes in the Mediterranean Sea.

    [​IMG]marbella 37 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    On a clear day you can see Africa from here, but we did at least see Gibraltar.


    [​IMG]DSC09035 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we met with Agustin a friend of Natalia’s who is a Spanish Moroccan who gave us his favorite routes and spots to visit for our trip to morocco.


    [​IMG]marbella 57 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    It was another rainy day, but we decided to tour the old city of Malaga.


    [​IMG]marbella 65 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    I guess it is never too cold for icecream?? We also tried a traditional sweet here, which is fresh churros and chocolate.

    [​IMG]marbella 60 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now it is time to get serious. We had all our bikes packed up and were ready to go, but the 1200 GS and the 800 GS needed some new tires.



    [​IMG]FILE2089 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Again thanks to Agustin for connecting us with the tire shop. That was all done by 10 am and so we had a short 80 km ride to Algeciras, that we made into a 237 km instead of a 215 KM ride with a visit to Ronda and a wrong turn at Grazalema.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 5.14.29 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The drive up into the mountains to Ronda is very nice if a bit chilly at 3.5 degrees.

    [​IMG]FILE2263 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    This town is teeming with tourists. We parked at the city hall lot, which is .90 E for 2 hours and in the end they did not charge us at all.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a snack on the square and then toured the old city including the famous bridge and bullring.

    [​IMG]ronda gibralter 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived at the hotel in Algeceras about 5 pm and quickly changed to drive the 22 km west to the border at Gibraltar.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 5.18.12 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Crossing over was easy after just showing the passports.

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    We then parked and walked thru the pedestrian zone. Here we had some pints and gin and tonics at a traditional pub and then some great Indian food.

    [​IMG]ronda gibralter 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting up this morning we were psyched to finally get to Morocco. Our plan was to get the boat from Algeciras to the new port at Tangier MED. We had heard that this was much less crowded and that there were no “helpers” bothering you. From there we were going south to the town of Chefchaouen in 111 KM.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 10.48.39 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    It was simple to get tickets on the main road in the center of town near the port. They are all the same price and so just pick one of the shops. They all sell tickets for all the ferry lines. We picked the one that was the “Burquebus dealer” so it “looked” a bit more reputable. We bought tickets at 945 for the 10 am ferry and arrived at the boat at 5 to 10.

    [​IMG]chefchaouen 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    You are directed where to load and the crew secures the bikes for you. Then you go up on deck to enjoy the 90 min crossing of the straight and the view of Africa!

    [​IMG]chefchaouen 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Arriving at Tangier MED (the new port) is very civilized. After you show your passport as you exit the boat you just follow the big green exit signs.

    [​IMG]chefchaouen 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Drive past the police kiosks and you are directed to the aduana parking.

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    Here an agent will greet you and tell you what information to fill out on the temporary import card. This can all be done ahead of time on line and printed. If you do this all you need is the date, tourist number, and signature. He also asked us if we had any arms or guns and any Catholic books. Luckily they did not ask us if we had any alcohol, which you can buy very cheaply at the duty free on board the ship. You will be asked by the border control to open your pannier lids and step away from the bike so the drug dogs can go over it. Then you take your passport and walk back to the police kiosk. Here the officer will ask if this is your first visit to Morocco and will verify your tourist number. From here you are free to go.



    [​IMG]chefchaouen 44 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    You just keep following the exit signs and you will pass a row of money exchange places to get some Dirham.

    [​IMG]chefchaouen 45 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    WOW that was easy and we are in Morocco. We are certainly not in Kansas anymore Dorothy!

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    This was our first Moroccan lunch….We are going to loose weight here I think.


    [​IMG]chefchaouen 55 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We were headed to the hotel recommended by a fellow rider. It was on the GPS, recommended by a rider, and so stupidly we did not check the location further. We had decided ahead of time we would not stay in the old citys or Medinas. These were built before vehicles and are essentially pedestrian only. The hotels there are usually not accessible by road and in general do not have parking on or off site. This means you need to wander around on foot to find the not so easy to find hotel and then carry all your stuff there and then find secure parking for the bike. This hotel was IN the Medina and when we eventually found it we told them we would have to go somewhere else. We did find a nice place nearby on the road outside.




    Arriving to the city the GPS directed us up into the steep narrow cobbled road and to a blocked off construction zone. The next was to some serious off road and then impassable road.

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