Hotel Sahara • An AT in Africa

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Chris S, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Damn @Chris S, just caught up. How can you be speechless when typing?

    Yours is one hell of a story, glad to hear you were able to make it home - nothing like the "wrinkle" of losing your engine's life blood on the side of the road as you're trying to get out of country.

    Look forward to reading the epilogue when the time comes; though that might be many moons from now given how pear-shaped the world has gone.
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  2. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Great read! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Very good article Mr S. One thing, 'Chinese Tat", Surely you meant affordable and meaningful products made economically in China? Marrakesh airport is a challenge at the best of times, good you are ok. Safe travels. British Ibn Batuta.
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  4. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    I did enjoy the read and the photos. You where fortunate that your return home went as well as it did. Although you certainly didn’t need the small oil leak. Do let us know when you go back to the desert. Petepilot
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  5. My bike is parked in a friends garage in Amsterdam. I am in China. I am itching to get out. Hopefully I can replicate some of your tracks Jan Feb 2021-Inshallah.
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  6. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles Supporter

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    Congrats on getting out. when Corona started, I was in Bizerte, Tunisia for work and was stuck there a month after the lockdown (our hotel stayed open for the 4 guests). I had originally planned to ride my moto down and take a 10 day holiday after my work was done but, I ended up flying down like a normal person. I think my moto would still be in Tunisia had I went that way.

    Good stuff.
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  7. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your comments and interest.
    Yes, I hope to repair and ride the AT back before the end of the year, although things are escalating in Morocco (and all of Africa) with the virus right now.
    It's like they're on a different schedule.

    Meanwhile, while we wait....
    Starting on a thread near here shortly: Libya 1998 Funduro
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  8. Red liner

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    Please post a link here to the new report and we will all jump ship or camels !
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  9. Squire

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    It's a good read, thank you Chris. Certainly not the adventure you were hoping for, but an adventure nonetheless. I bet you wonder at times whether you would have been better staying in Morocco for some months. Humm. The thing is one never knows if or when things may go South (as you originally planned..!). Most of the 75+ countries I worked and lived in were way below Moroccan standards. Those few 'oops, time to get out of the country now' crisis leave permanent memories, to say the least. I could read between the lines how you actually may have felt and understand the thinking / decision-making process behind. Kudos to your g-friend, a keeper I'd think! Next post: "For sale cherry red Africa Twin in Marrakesh, good conditions". One day I'll join you on one of your rides. Cheers!
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  10. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Despite good news on the vaccine, pandemic seems to be getting much worse here right now, and retrieving the bike looks like months away.
    Dread to think what state it might be in.

    Anyway, I spent the weekend uploading Desert Riders onto YT.
    XR650Ls way out there in 2003.
    Libyan yarn coming shortly.

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  11. jamesinEdinburgh

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    Been pouring over a friends worn Michelin map for the past few weeks to get me through this freezing weather in Scotland with the resolution to ride my T7 Rally (leaving my ST at home) south of the Atlas as soon as the borders are opened or maybe September 2021.

    Also bought your latest Morocco book Chris, to while away the dark nights and was wondering how Covid had impacted the country; now I have an idea.

    What do you think you'd need to see before you committed to another Moroccan trip/tour?

    Best wishes, James
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  12. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Hi James, as you might know, Morocco was far less affected by Covid.
    Their graphs here are all going in the right direction after peaking in November.
    Really, it's the situation and subsequent restrictions in the UK which are about to get much worse before they get better.

    I'm booked to try and retrieve the AT in April, and I'm hopeful that general confidence in international travel will have returned by the November, by which time we're told the UK will have been all vaccinated.

    T7 will be a great machine to get to Morocco and be there.
    Check out Pavel at https://farandfurther.org/
    He was stuck out there for months – we were supposed to do RIM together)
    This gave him a lot of time to get to know his 700.
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  13. the slow heart

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    Such a nice mood flowing through this RR pages, thanks a lot for sharing it!

    What was the thickness of the bash plate actually?

    Regards, K.
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  14. Red liner

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    Enjoyed the video great stuff
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    Really enjoyed reading this, thanks, Chris. Holding thumbs that you re-unite with the AT in April. We've got Emirates tickets to the UK on hold to see our kids, don't know when that's going to materialise the way things are going.
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  16. Chris S

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    Hi K, the stock plate is, I'm guessing, 3mm, but it was a freak accident.

    Not sure if April may be too soon now. This lockdown may last till Easter.
    Morocco may be OK and being over 50, they say we might be vaxed by then, but depends on Spain and France rules too.
    Just looked back over the thread. Quite miss the old cherry noire AT.
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