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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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    We continued walking and entered the next walled area of the city. Here there was a warren of streets and we all felt a bit uncomfortable when approached by a group of young men who wanted to “take us to see the synagogue”. Then we were more so when they started to follow us. Luckily we were quickly out onto a main street crowded with people and this led to the main city wall and our hotel.


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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The hotel on bookings offered private on site parking, but when we arrived this was actually parking on the street out front. The manager said to park on the sidewalk out front and he would have a guard 24/7. Despite this when we got out to the bikes on the second morning Daniel’s cover was partly off and someone had tried to pry off the Tourtech GPS mount and Orvar’s dry bag with rain gear and spare gloves was gone. The guard says he watched the bikes all night and was lying and/or allowed someone to steal the bag. Not a great start to the day. No one working at the hotel seemed to really care. The feeling here in Fez in general is that 95 % of the people who approach you in a friendly manner want you to give them money or more often to sell you something. This is unlike for example Brazil where 99% of people who approach you are just being friendly. It gets very tiring to be harassed all day.

    [​IMG]fes 139 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We continued higher and there was much more snow. Suddenly when we came around a corner there were monkeys everywhere. We had some bananas with us so we stopped to feed them.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Before you get to Midelt you come around the corner on the descent from the mountains to a panoramic view of the snow capped Atlas Mountains. If you can get a room here there is a Kasbah Asmaa with an unbelievable view. Part of our reason to keep going on from here is that they were fully booked, and there is no other real reason to stay here.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here we had booked into a very nice Kasbah run by a German woman. The staff is super friendly and the rooms comfortable. It is 30 E for a room, dinner, and breakfast. In Morocco a Dar is a small hotel with or without a garden but no trees, a Riad is a hotel with a garden that has at least 1 tree, and a Kasbah is a hotel that is a collection of buildings around a treed garden.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We took the scenic route to Merzouga thru Goulmima instead of the main road and this was only an extra 70 km for a total of 201 km. This is about as close to Algeria as we will get.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 10.57.51 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    The power to the entire town is off 1 day per month and this was the day. This meant no power for the gas pumps. Luckily we all had enough to get to the next town 60 km away and they had power.

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This route takes a cross road to Erfoud, which passes thru a number of small villages.


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    We saw out first camels today including a baby one.


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    We drove towards Merzouga and finally saw the big dunes of the red Sahara.


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    We stopped in the town for some lunch and to make a plan. We had considered camping, but its 30 plus degrees.

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    We backtracked to the next big dunes and to the Kasbah Mohayut recommended by our rider friend Eduard who lives in a small village nearby.


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  13. Saralou

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is so touristy, but we had to do the camel ride to the dunes for the sun set and it was worth it for sure. Getting up at 5 am we boarded our camels and set out in the pitch black. The number of starts was unreal.

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    We “parked” the camels and walked up one of the big dunes. Our driver brought a Berber blanket to sit on since the sand is really cold.


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    We had some fun skiing down the dunes. The only small incident was when Sara was trying to get back on her camel it decided to stand up and tossed her off. Just a bell ringer, but no serious damage.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This afternoon the guys unloaded the luggage and set off for some riding on the dunes. Dan is an expert with his 450 Yamaha, but this was the first time in the dunes with the 800. As Orvar says Daniel is a pretty incredible rider.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was nice to meet up with Eduard and Simona for dinner tonight and to get route advice for some off road riding from and expert in Morocco. They run Motorcycle event in the desert like Ride to Roots



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we headed to N’kob in 225 km, but opted to start via the pist and to ride along the dunes.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.28.07 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our friends had suggested a stop at Yasmina Lake. This is a lake formed by rainfall and is seasonal. The road is a bit sandy in spots. The only marker to the turn off is this small sign.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we rode on the gravel until we connected back to the main highway. We needed to stop in Rissani for money since there is no bank machine in Merzouga.




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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On the road west to N’kob you head 10 km west from the town and there is an unmarked track to the right. This leads to the Cascavel Portuguesa. This was built to contain water for irrigation. Now you can drive thru the opening in the wall and up to the spectacular viewpoint.

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    Leaving here we continued onto N’kob. We drove around to a few Kasbahs before we found one that was no too expensive. The others were filled with riders on tours. The nice thing about the Kasbahs is they usually include dinner and breakfast.