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    Ride safe...enjoy the adventure. Sounds like it's gonna be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deptford Dean View Post
    Ride safe...enjoy the adventure. Sounds like it's gonna be a good one.
    Left Marrakesh this morning and got tyres fitted and puncture repaired, now on way to Agadir. More on tyre replacement later. Some views of Marrakesh. We stayed in Hotel Ali, just by Jemma al Fana, cheap and clean.


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    Nice! Takes me back 10 years. I got my rear spare put on somewhere around Quarazazte. Luckily I was carrying the right size socket as mechanic didn't have my size.
    Keep it coming ��

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    Well after a good tour of what Marrakesh has to offer, a mooch around the souk, lentil soup in Jemma al Fna followed by spicy sausages washed down by fresh orange juice, we walked around drinking in the atmosphere of a busy Saturday night. The snake charmers were there, also the drumming musicians and close by, the henna tattoo ladies. With all this going on it was good to find a quiet square where ladies were pounding leaves into a green powder. I asked to take a photo and was told it would be 5 dirham, around 40p pence, and agreed. However when trying to pay the lady with a 20 Durham note, the fun started, suddenly the price was 15 Durham and a guy came over to mediate. I held on to my 20 until she gave me the 15 and then she snached the note roughly.

    Feeling we had immersed ourselves in the atmosphere on our brief stay, we headed back to the hotel but not leaving the sounds of the Jemma behind us. We could hear the crowds and musicians clearly until the small hours, the downside of a great location.

    So this morning we were riding off to a tyre fitted who the hotel had called last night. Despite claiming to be open, it was closed and we resigned ourselves to having to live a bit longer with the puncture and continue carrying the new tyres. We asked a few place on the road to the motorway but got conflicting information. There were a number of tyre fitters but all looked closed. Next to one was a cafe and we stopped to ask at the cafe. The guy immediately picked upbis phone and called a tyre fitter, who was clearly on his day off. Anyway after explaining what we needed he got stuck in. First he repaired the puncture, 2 holes in the tube that looked like the tube had been nipped when the tyre was fitted. One hole was in the side of the tyre which is difficult to explain in any other way. Anyway, 2 patches were fitted and the tyre is fine after the ride down here to Agadir. So we now also have 2 knobbly tyres on the rear wheels, all set for the sand and pistes further south.


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    Jim, I hope you picked up some Tea for the border crossing ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edventure View Post
    Jim, I hope you picked up some Tea for the border crossing ��
    Indeed Ed, thanks for the reminder. Do you think 2 kilos will be enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumacoon Lad. View Post
    Indeed Ed, thanks for the reminder. Do you think 2 kilos will be enough?

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    Not sure that'll be enough Jim. You know how sought after it is in Mauritania �� Hope you're having a fabulous time ��

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    Harking back a couple of days, we crossed this impressive bridge just after Rabat. Keen eyed viewers will spot Jim to the right
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edventure View Post
    Not sure that'll be enough Jim. You know how sought after it is in Mauritania �� Hope you're having a fabulous time ��
    Yes Ed, better now that I'm putting more fuel in the bike than air. Here's hoping the repair holds.

    I think you may need to post a link to your RR for the tea innocents here.

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    Just a quick update to say we are now in the desert just about to enter Western Sahara. All well with the bikes. Heading further south today.

    The guy with the jemmy, bounced on that bar but still did not loosen the nut.

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    A photo showing one of our challenges today.

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    GS does sand. Well done Simon, or was it a clever photo?

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    600km yesterday and only 5 Fiches used at the checkpoints, good result. Road was a mixture of excdllent new road and the rest under upgrading. This included many offroad stretches of temporary road. Stayed in a wooden cabin at a kite surfing resort. First experience of sand riding and probably not the last.

    According to these stickers a few other travellers have been on this route. We saw a bus going between Dakhla and Marrakesh and asked a local how long it took and he said "muchas horas". One of the phrases of the trip so far!

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    Leaving Dakhla this morning under overcast skies. The bikes were soaking from overnight dew. It stayed cool for a fair bit of the trip, barley 20C. We had our first, and probably not our last call into a closed petrol station, no problem the next one is only...160km up the road. Maybe we should ease off the speed to make sure we get there. Although not at the border, we used this stop to fill any remaining extra tanks to be prepared for the 500km Mauritanian stretch.

    Of course it had warmed up to over 30C when we got to the border. The Moroccan side was administrative but fine and we departed for the no-mans-land to the Mauri border. Hallelujah, there was a new tarmac road. A few hustlers surrounded us but we accelerated away down the smooth tarmac. However it only lasted half the distance and then we returned to the sand and rocks, oh joy. Simon seemed to navigate the big GS without problems and I took it at my own pace. There was a tricky moment while overtaking a lorry an I ended up in deep sand and struggled to remain upright, but succeeded and soon was parked up in the Mauri border post. A guy tried to latch on to us but we dismissed him and he got bored. All the officials were pleasant and we plowed through the police, visa, customs, police again and finally insurance. We had to assert ourselves to maintain our position in the queues, as locals are not shy in pushing in.
    Although without problems it is an exhausting process in bike gear and we were glad to get on the bikes and ride away.

    The photos below give a flavour of our day. We left our accommodation near Dakhla, passed a significant milestone and entered the tropics, a came across sand being blown on to the road, some UN vehicles behind Simon at a fuel stop, the famous Mauri ore train, fully loaded and with 3 engines, another animal road block and finally some scenes from wonderful landscape we passed through.

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