Morocco Atlas Mountains 6 day trip Nov 19

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  1. Will Rogers

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    Motorbiking in Morocco again after 33 years...

    We got to Marrakech Sunday evening, picked up our rented Honda 250s on Monday morning and headed into the mountains...
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    The weather was fine and we were soon on the road to Ouarzazate heading over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2,260 metres) to Agouim. IMG_2298.JPG
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    We were travelling light so the Honda Tornados were okay if somewhat passed their best (to be polite). Both bikes' instruments weren't working - the mileage on my had stopped at 111,000 km. We could have done with another 10 bhp but they were the last two bikes available in Marrakech (and reasonably priced at 50 Euros per day plus a 500 Euro deposit) so it was take it or leave it!

    The tyres were good - Phil's bike had knobblies and I had a Mitas road tyre on the back which was fine on the stone and gravel pistes. IMG_2308.JPG
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    We wanted to reach Taliouine that night so turned off the main road (N9) at Agouim after topping up the tanks. The plan was to take to the piste after Assarag and cross the mountains to Askaoun then onto Taliouine but we missed the turn (we didn't have satnav). So it was all winding, single track tarmac with stretches of gravel - an easy introduction to Morocco. The panoramic landscape is amazing. IMG_2310.JPG
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    Phil's sidestand collapsed but no harm done this time. The seat fell off because it was missing both frame bolts. IMG_2318.JPG
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    We got to Taliouine just after dark and found a hotel on the main street. Sadly, a polite enquiry about cold beer got a negative response. Beer was not going to be obviously available in the small towns we were staying in. Still, the food in Morocco is great and the vegetable tagine and bottled water was welcome after 8 hours on the road. IMG_2327.JPG
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    The sun was setting... IMG_2334.JPG
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    ...and a full moon rising IMG_2337.JPG
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    Nice photos, keep them coming! :thumb
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    Taliouine is due south from Marrakech in the Anti-Atlas mountains. Our route took us through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to Agouim; through Sour to Assarag and then on to Askaou and Askaoun. Not sure of the mileage as the clocks weren't working. IMG_2665.JPG
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    Morning of Day 2 and not a bad view above the cistern. IMG_2341.JPG
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    The plan was to head north back to Askaoun and then east over the Tizi-n-Tleta pass to Tazenanakht; route MH7 in Chris Scott's 'Morocco Overland'. IMG_2345.JPG
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    Following too closely behind Phil, I completely lost visibility as he disappeared in a cloud of dust and had to stop. Landslips had left sand across the piste that turned into incredibly fine dust - fech fech. This where the Mitas back tyre had its limitations but over a short distance it wasn't too difficult. IMG_2351.JPG
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    This piste may not be around for much longer because the first 10 miles was already being graded for tarmac. It then became our first real piste of the trip: IMG_2354.JPG
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    The Atlas mountains are home to the Berbers who live in isolated communities. The villages are being connected by electricity pylons and tarmac roads which means that this dusty piste may be tarmacked soon. Got to be good for the people living in such a harsh environment. The upside for tourists on road bikes is that there are miles of new tarmac roads through the mountains with very little traffic. IMG_2357.JPG
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