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Thread: Going Bezerk Amongst the Berbers (Moto Morocco Apr 09)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    I so hope you're going to post the video of you dancing the sand dance with her Paul

    might do....might not....
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    DAY SIXTEEN: Wednesday 15th April 2009

    Marrakech to Khenifra



    We awake to the news that the transport strike is on in Morocco, there's likely to be very little fuel around. Leaving Marrakech in rush hour is outstanding....

    Sod that though, I've woken to a decidedly weak stomach, I wire a packet of immodium down my neck, I cannot afford to sh*t myself when I'm riding and whilst I may use a stand up toilet, I will most definitely not crap behind a big bush

    We use tarmac today to push us North where the fuel is likely to be. There's a few Tossers in Morocco, they all seem to be struggling with fuel, Steptoe is off to Ouzzazarte...



    We have lunch at the cascades, it's really nice, there's monkeys, dirty little mange ridden monkeys, I wish I had a gun because there would be no monkeys when I had finished....




    I am actually scared of heights....






    Bill and I race on probably the most awesome and most sublime twisties ever, naturally I win....

    the view from the top....



    Khenifra when we arrive is loaded up with soldiers (we even watch a group of kids scrapping with each other in the street - it's all go here), before finding our hotel I pop to a local stand up toilet, I've been keeping it in since Marrakech, the resultant back pressure means I blow 9 tiles up... .....I feckin' hate cleaning....

    We find a local bar in Khenifra close to the barracks of the 7th Cavalry, I buy Vodka by the bottle, thankfully it's not the kind of vodka that makes you blind. Tired and with little dinner I head for bed, wakening up in the middle of the night and shiver violently for about an hour, I really am not feeling well now and when you're all alone in the dark, it's gets a little worrying....
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    Quote Originally Posted by garfield View Post

    Bill and I race on probably the most awesome and most sublime twisties ever, naturally I win....
    Only just

    Wouldn't have had anything to do wit the fact that you were on a 1200 and I was on a 650 with MX tyres on it at all would it

    When you come back out on the road only ride I'l be on the lebbenfiddy and we'll see what happens then
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    DAY SEVENTEEN: Thursday 16th April 2009

    Khenifra to Chefchaoun



    I feel a little better this morning, lots of rehydration salts inside me and plenty of water and chocolate along with plenty of immodium and my special tablets....

    The fuel situation is still there, yesterday Mr Ifan and Bill organised several drums of fuel, we fill up and hit the road....

    Our lunch stop is near Vanuobulous, V is quite spectacular, lunch is awesomely cheap and the man who looks after us is a real pleasure to meet, I don't go into V, Paul however did, his bike was now on the trailer and he was a passenger in the van, the KTM was working no more, it's was quite a shopping list of problems....





    During the day, Reg has a moment with a zig zagging cow which eventually face plants itself at high speed in the road, my how I laughed.... Dogs are charging us more today as well, they'll soon stop when they get a 60mph size 11...



    By night we make Chefchaoun, I do like it here, it's very pretty, after lots of hunting for a restaurant that did beer, we eat and then it's back to our auberge, a place that could really do with the assistance of an electrician....
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    DAY EIGHTEEN: Chefchaoun to Tanger

    Friday 17th April 2009



    Today was about the commute to the ferry back to Tanger and our hotel in Alhaurin

    The first part of the roads were dreadful, plunging down a hill in the p*ssing rain, visor misted up, sand and crap flung up, mental van drivers and lorries that either didn't know or care that you were there....it could be scary if you let it....

    Bob had an off on a corner, he was in front of me, on some diesel, mercifully he stopped short of the armco, he was such a trooper in getting straight back on the bike and it's a testament to the BMWs, 2 minutes of spannering and it's back on the road, well and truly dinged to sh*t, Steptoe should make some money out of this one....

    The ferry is cool first chance to eat something which I might recognise, a baguette, crisps, fanta and a snickers bar is E8, I try to barter, evidently the Spanish don't barter or do humour.....

    I can assure you I was dreaming happy thoughts....



    back in Spain, just some of the group





    had another race with Bill on Spanish soil, I won again.... ...first back to the Hotel.....

    It's back to the Mirador, a truly wonderful hotel and we are kindly cared for by Esther (I think that's her name...), pizza, pasta, too much alcohol, oh dear, I have a long journey North ahead of me tomorrow, hey ho I'm happy, I'm drunk, I'm not even pleasantly happy, I've gone past that, I've survived, it was an Adventure not a Holiday, Bill was right, we laugh, we tell stories, I feel comfortable in the company of my new friends, I don't want to leave, why does it have to end, it's just not fair.....

    I stagger to bed at about 2 in the morning (I think ).......
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    DAY NINETEEN: Saturday 18th April 2009

    Alhaurin to Aniezo



    I wake up, feeling rough, shouldn't have drunk all of what I did last night, 600 or so miles to cover today, hey ho, get your head down and go for it....saying goodbye to the gang is horrible, hugs all round, I don't think they saw my eyes welling up..... .....







    The motorway is cold, wet, windy and generally sh*tty. I can barely finish the sandwich I buy at lunchtime, it's vile, I survive by going deep inside my head, I sing very loudly songs from the most famous musicals, Sinatra and Elvis, all done in my own big band style....you have to do anything you can some days to survive the ride, today I survived....

    The Picos were as beautiful as ever and I stop at Piedraslunga, plenty snow and fog around a few pictures and I head off for my B&B.









    I'm very cold and hungry and I'm met by the owners of La Pisa like a lost son, it really is the most wonderful place to stay

    I'm told I have a present waiting for me....a very very large whisky cocktail is given to me along with a note. If you ever wanted to see another definition of a Tosser, here you go, Sgt Bilco and Santrix, you are my heroes....



    I stagger to bed at 9 having had a nice dinner, I'm drunk again but feeling warm inside at least....and very tired but glad I have a whole day to myself at La Pisa tomorrow, I head for the ferry in a day and a half's time....for now I sleep
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    DAY TWENTY: Sunday 19th April 2009

    La Pisa all day



    I sleep 15 hours last night, included in that is several day time power naps....

    Reading passes the time, I feel rested and reflect on my own adventure of the past 3 weeks whilst reading Simon Gandolfini's book. A tube of pringle crisps is eaten for lunch, looking back how innocent was I, back then pringle's were crisps not the muck we know it to be now....

    I go for a wander, take photos, meet Mrs Sutherland one of the neighbours as well as a little dog











    Dinner is the most superb selection I could have hoped for....Jon is a great chef and Gwen is just fantastic to be around

    Black Pudding with Apple and Sour Beetroot sauce



    Estofado De Buey



    Bread and Butter Pudding.....



    Surprisingly, I go to sleep easy tonight, tomorrow I head for the ferry.....
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    DAY 21-22: Monday and Tuesday 20th/21st April 2009

    And it's finally home for the ferry.

    The ferry crossing is good, I spend time with Bob and some guys who we met a while back crossing into Morocco, the company is pleasant. I find a problem on my bike a massive backfire when I'm checking in for the ferry, the girl in the box is terrified, Chris (Farm Boy) comes to my rescue with a repair



    Here's Bob's bike on the low sided side....



    I think this is DaiB from here at the front of the queue



    Goodbye Santander and Spain....







    I arrive in the UK at five the following day, by half five I am on the motorway outside the ferry terminal, by 11.30 p.m. I walk in my front door, not bad pace, I've covered 4,500 miles in the past 3 weeks, phew, what an adventure it's been....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanum View Post
    Only just

    Wouldn't have had anything to do wit the fact that you were on a 1200 and I was on a 650 with MX tyres on it at all would it

    When you come back out on the road only ride I'l be on the lebbenfiddy and we'll see what happens then


    excuses.... .....

    right that's me for now, I'm off to bed, I'm getting RSI, tomorrow I'll be putting some video on, it ain't over yet folks, there are still things to be revealed.....
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    Cool Pont Avon march 2009

    Nutters from Sheffield!! And you thought Elvis was great - by the way Zippy with the mohican is just a good friend.

    Got a 1200GS now.

    Philmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by philmet View Post
    Nutters from Sheffield!! And you thought Elvis was great - by the way Zippy with the mohican is just a good friend.

    Got a 1200GS now.

    Philmet

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    Very good report Paul, I think Morroco beckons.Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doyle View Post
    Very good report Paul, I think Morroco beckons.Well done.
    I have some bikes to pick up In Scotland for our November trip if you fancy joining us on that one

    Bill
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    super report. enjoyed that.

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    Really enjoyed that trip report, fantastic selection of photos, humour and facts.
    Had a look on the moto morocco web page, was that a level 1 or 2 tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubs View Post
    Really enjoyed that trip report, fantastic selection of photos, humour and facts.
    Had a look on the moto morocco web page, was that a level 1 or 2 tour?
    TBH Chubs, it was sort of inbetween- we're moving away from categorizing them now and tend to assess people's riding and attitude (which is often as important if not more so) and tailor the routes we choose from that.....Our aim is to give everyone te best experience we can , to provide a challenge but to keep it within the safety zone, even if occasionally people are slightly outside of their comfort zones - the feeling of achievement afterwards makes that well worthwhile

    hell, I didn't know Garf was afraid of heights

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