Morocco: the sheltering sky

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Neo, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Neo

    Neo Been here awhile

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    Hello ,

    my report from our trip last summer. Bikes on the trailer to Algeciras ( 3 days ride for us).
    So we started with our fresh new knobs in Morocco.
    Maybe our timing of season was a bit off but we went anyway :bert


    Yes it was hot out there,

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    Meknes, camping just outside the citywalls . We could walk to the soukhs.

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    Nobody got hurt here,

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    Try a Riad !, they offer the best atmosphere

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    On El Hedim square two Moroccan ladies offered us a piece of fresh baked ‘beignet’; ain’t that nice! Here we enjoyed the famous moroccan tea with a view on the beautiful Bab Mansour.

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    Soukh`s are just great for stroling around,

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    Fès is famous for its tanneries:

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    Nougat anyone?

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    The souq was crowded and messy in a nice sort of way; everywhere men were busy with the delicate work of sewing the beautiful jabalas for women or spinning colorful thread, just next to the camel butcher or the olive shop!

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    We enjoyed the delicious set dinner in restaurant Dar Jamai, where they even got wine (no beer though)!

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    The King (Morocco of course),

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    On our way to Midelt,
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    At Midelt we took the turn to Auberge Jaffar. After 6 km of gravel road it came in sight: just like a fairytale!

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    Where tea was ready for us,

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    Here we rode Cirque du Jaffar. Hardly any signs to lead us, but you meet enough shepherds and running children (wherever do they come from in this middle of nowhere???) to ask directions.

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  2. crimson

    crimson The Nom@d...

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    The pics have beautifully captured the mood of the place... :)

    Cheers!
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing! Morocco: on my to ride list...
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  4. Pete Rock

    Pete Rock Been here awhile

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    Great pics, looks like a great time

    thanks
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  5. kdude

    kdude Happy to be here !

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    Really good shots....... Thx for taking me there. hp
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  6. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the great pictures Neo.
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  7. Neo

    Neo Been here awhile

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    Friendly people,

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    Next day we drove to Merzougha and stayed in the Ksar Sani a lovely kasbah with even a pool

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    Lounge,

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    Interior of the bungalow,

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    All you need : a pool and a beer


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    I went out early morning 4 am or after 6 pm , it was too hot during the day ( 50 c )

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    Wilma hates sand! Its too soft she says :rofl

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    After 2 days we leave Merzougha again and as we drove on we came along beautiful kasbahs; sometimes deserted ruins.

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  8. elfederiQo

    elfederiQo Been here awhile

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    Some more front page candidates right there Baldy :nod :tb
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  9. Fly Rider

    Fly Rider Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing those pictures. Very cool. Here is a quick question for anyone willing to answer. Please forgive my ignorance but .... When you adventure out into other countries ... How do you get your bikes over there? Do you ship them over? or do you rent bikes in the other country?

    Ride safe,

    Ric
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  10. Snuffy

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    Beautiful pics and thanks for taking us along!! :thumb
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  11. Baldy

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    :eek1 How do you choose with this guy? How many Neos can a front page take?

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  12. nomiles

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    Outstanding photos, Neo. :thumb :thumb ~ Thanks!
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  13. duel

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    nice, tempting pics! Thanks for sharing..
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  14. dirtypumpkin

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    Great shots, love the dunes & interior pics.

    Looks like you picked up some sort of small animal to sit on along the way.:D[​IMG]
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  15. Neo

    Neo Been here awhile

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    Tinerhir

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    Road to Gorge du dades,

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    Gorge du Dades,

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    The road from Tamtattouchte to Msemir,(very deserted road )

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    Boumaine du Dades, this is the other side of Gorge du Dades.

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    The end of the Gorge

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    Gorge Du Rose , the entry is at Ait Youl,

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    We stopped over for a cup of tea at a house , this little girl just showed her new bicycle to us . She got it from her aunt who visited her from France.

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  16. Max Kool

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    As always Neo, vewwy nais. Can't get enough of you guys!!
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  17. dirtypumpkin

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    Great stuff, thanks for sharing. :freaky
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  18. sweeney todd

    sweeney todd Adventurer

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    Superb shots.

    My first trip to Morocco by bike now confirmed for next year!
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  19. Gringo

    Gringo simple by nature

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    awesome! :clap
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  20. Hayduke

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    Beautiful! Now, another place I have to go.:D
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