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    Due to unexpected delays we had during today's route were unable to reach our prefered town and the decision was made to stop at Foum-Zguid. Although the hotel rooms were not up to the standard of those we had been used to, the beds were clean, they made us dinner at very short notice and breakfast the following morning.

    DAY 9, TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER
    FOUM-ZGUD TO TAFRAOUTE
    With Bills spare tyre causing problems the decision was made for him to drive direct toTafroute a larger town where the tyre could be mended or replaced, leaving us a more picturesque route.


    This time there are two piles of stones (must be very serious) denoting road closed.



    Makes you think, the times we rode after dark, we would never had seen this coming on otherwise decent tarmac.
    That would have buggered up my forks again.



    I cannot remember the name of this town we stopped at but look closely at the luggage compartment.
    Yes, they are sheep.
    Hope no one left their Dior cases in there.





    Scenery as spectacular as always.



    Wayne's the raised muguard modification





    Never fails to take my breath away.


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    DAY 10, WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER
    TAFRAOUTE
    Had arrived after dark, riding through a busy street market to get to the hotel. We were all gasping for a beer but as on other occasions the hotel was soft drinks only, all was not lost for there was a restaurant a short walk away where beer could be bought. So off we went eventually finding the place about 10 minutes later and walked in and asked for beers.
    At this point we were ushered to the back of the restaurant and down darkened stairs into a smoke filled basement where there was a bar. Most of the tables were empty with only a few men drinking(not a place for women) and once they had looked over to see who we were they went back to their conversation.
    I'm sure we have all been in pubs like this before, not the most comfortable of situations and anyway after a couple of beers you feel hungry so it's back to the hotel for dinner then bed.

    This was the early morning view from the bedroom window with the market being set up for a new day.



    After breakfast it was back to the room to get packed then downstairs with the bags to give to Bill for loading. Bill hadn't been able to get his tyre sorted out so it was back to pumping it up.
    Looks like Bill is giving that rear tyre an awfull lot of thought



    Looks like Bill hasn't quite finished his breakfast.



    This morning the plan is to head off to the blue rocks followed riding out on the local piste's and back to the hotel for a second night.



    A great place to ride round.



    The surface was generally firm sand mixed in with plenty of soft sand to keep you on your toes.



    All in all a very interesting landscape, though l'm not sure if the colour blue adds to it.



    We all had to do this and just like an earlier photo of riding through water there were at least 4 camera's watching every move



    Told you so.




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    Looks like Tony has been enjoying himself this morning.



    Tim on a charge, very much enjoying himself.



    Wayne taking a rest from the rigours of the day.



    At last a picture of Chris having a problem



    We left the blue rocks behind us and continued on a piste over the mountain and down a winding road (tarmac unfortunately it did use to be a nice piste a year or so earlier) through this beautiful palmary where we stopped for photo's.



    We then continued out on to a stoney piste stopping for something to eat, drink and smoke by the side of a dry river bed.





    One can only imagine what this dry river bed must be like after heavy rain.



    Dave taking his afternoon nap





    This had been another great days ride, but in the back of my mind is the sad fact that this great adventure is nearly over.
    Back at the hotel we park up the bikes behind the shutters, pick up the room keys, have a shower and down stairs for well deserved dinner.


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    DAY 11, THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER
    TAFRAOUTE - OULAD BERHIL
    For the first time now we were heading north which would eventually return us to Marrakech tomorrow night. It was about this point that if someone had said to me, forget north lets continue south, l would have been first in the queue no question about it. With what l had learnt by riding on all these different surfaces over the preceeding days, the people l had met and the excitement of continuing to explore a new country on the bike every day, was that this had become very addictive and l just did not want it to end.

    Another early start with time to check the bike over before leaving. Thankfully the forks were ok with no sign of a leak, but the rear tyre looked decidedly flat, calling in to the local garage with an air line, on the way out solved that problem.



    After this scenery every day, Essex is never going to be the same again.





    Nice fast twisty tarmac and no cars.





    Tony with tailender Wayne.



    No need to rush, just stand and savour that view.







    Unfortunately for the life of me l cannot remember the name of the town where we stopped for lunch.
    It was quite a large bustling town and looking at the map it could be Taroudant on the N10 but l'm not sure, so if anyone recognises it please let me know.



    Wayne catching up on a bit of sunbathing, probably don't get a lot of that oop north.


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    We rode in to Olad Berhill to stay at the Pasha's Palace on the Thursday night and from what Bill had said this was to be best hotel on the trip and he wasn't wrong. Having turned off the main road we were riding down side streets that you would think would not lead you to anything special, but as l have learned you cannot judge a book by it's cover. We arrived at what looked like the outer wall's to a castle with a pair of closed heavy doors on one side. They opened the doors to let us park in a paved courtyard area which presented us with a fantastic view of the gardens.

    And they sold beer in the bar, what more can you ask for.













    This was the ceiling in the restaurant, the craftsmanship was superb.


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    Definitely Taroudant Nick

    It's like Marrakech was 20 years ago, and the centre of the surprisingly small Moroccan silver trade
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    DAY 12, FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER
    OULAD BERHIL - MARAKECH

    I wasn't looking forward to today's ride to Marakech, even less when l found my rear tyre was flat again. So we rode of with me doing about 20mph hoping that l would not damage the deflated rear tyre before we reached a garage.



    Wayne kept me company till we got to the garage where l could pump the tyre up and fill the tank with fuel.



    We continued out of town on the N10 turning on to the 203 to Marakech, not realising at this stage what a cracking road to ride the next 80km of mountain road was was going to be.
    The little used mountain road was generally made up with a poorly maintained tarmac strip in the centre with gravel on either side cut into the mountain face.
    With what we had learned over the last two weeks these surfaces were no problem and after a while we were powering up the mountainside hitting the brakes hard just before a bend, flicking the bike in and powering out again.
    I no, l no, its not big and its not clever(and l didn't my baffles in) but it was bloody good fun and had a very high grin factor.





    We stopped at a cafe with the most spectacular views.



    In the picture you can see the road below that we took to get here.



    Before we left we were told by people in the cafe, that the road on the other side of the mountain was covered black ice. Wonder what that's like with Tkc's on?



    We continued up and stopped at Tizi-n-Test for photo's





    We continued over to the other side of the mountain and still being in the sun meant that we had not yet found the dreaded black ice.
    Around every bend is a photo opportunity.



    Looking over to the right we could see that there was a length of road still in shadow. No doubt that if the ice is anyware it will be there.






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    This was probably the the most uncomfortable part of the trip, riding on black ice on knobbly tyres.



    There is nothing like emptying your bladder and looking at the view at the same time, not so easy at home.







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    We are now beginning to come to the end of these fantastic views of the Atlas mountains, as we were not far now from Marrakech.



    We continued to, l think it was Ansi (well, it was over 6 months ago Bill), where the party split up with me followed by Bill in the Landcruiser heading on to Marrakech and the others rode a final piste.



    We all met up again later that afternoon in Marrakech at the Hotel Le Menara for a few beers. The plan was then to meet again later that evening for our last meal together.
    Doesn't appear to be any happy faces listening to Dave.



    Time for a group photo.
    Judging the lack of diners at the other tables they must have known it was bikers night.



    After two weeks of male company, the sight of attractive scantily dressed ladies was of great interest to most of us. More so than Waynes dancing prowess.



    Dave decided it was a good time to check out the menu.



    Never before had l seen such fast vibrating hips.
    Think l'd better stop there as l'm beginning to drift off into a dream world.



    Oh alright just one more then.



    This was an excellent way to end the tour on a high, with good food, good company and lots of wine, a brilliant night.

    Final words
    Morocco provided more than l could have expected with spectacular scenery of epic proportions that these photo’s can never portray. The local people we met were very friendly and courteous, often shaking hands with us when we stopped on a piste's, sometimes they would stop to talk or accept a cigarette but very rarely did anyone ask for money.

    One memory of the people that sticks in the mind was when we rode into village’s way off the tourist routes. Children would run out from their schools or houses to wave excitedly from the side of the track as you went past, with their parents and grandparents returning a wave, not something l think would happen if you were in a 4x4 or car.

    I was looking for a challenge and not an easy ride, this trip provided that by the bucket full. Every day there were different surfaces to ride on from fast graded piste’s to mud, ice, snow, loose rock, gravel, wet compacted clay etc. cement dust heaped over perilous blind corners in the mountains, this trip had it all, often without any warning. Added to this was the daily unpredictability of where we would end up that night, because the weather may change, or bikes breakdown or perhaps that mountain road that you rode on last time may have disappeared due to rock fall or flooding, all this added to the sense of adventure that a ride on tarmac can never provide.

    What turns a good trip into an unforgettable one are the people you ride with, no more so than here and l would like to take this opportunity thank Bill, Tim and Wayne from Moto-Morocco and fellow riders Dave, Chris, Gary and Tony, for sharing their photo’s of this amazing trip and for their great company, humour and encouragement on a trip l will never forget.

    Thanks to you all.

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    moto-morocco 2008

    Nick,

    really good write up,and right back at you,these trips are made by the people who ride them,morocco provides the stage.......

    look forward to seeing you on future trips

    Wayne
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stromfulltrator View Post
    Nick,

    really good write up,and right back at you,these trips are made by the people who ride them,morocco provides the stage.......

    look forward to seeing you on future trips

    Wayne
    Moto-Morocco
    Thanks for your comments.
    Look forward to meeting up with you again.

    Cheers
    Nick

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