A quick sign of life. This arabic keyboard is doing my head in.
been pretty mad today: Got stuck in mud up a mountain. It was really
hard work: Thick thick soggy clay. Fell off 3 times and back wheel
jammed with mud and stones in wheel arch. It was my own fault. Guide
book said not to go up there in winter. The last bit was too steep
and slippy too. So, I never made it to destination of Cirque du
changed tyres in Gibraltar at Quick Fit. There were no ferries across
Gibraltar Straits from Algeciras scheduled for the next 3 days:
Huge storms. I finally made it to Morocco a day late after 200 miles
driving in Spain. I took the Almeria to Nador night-ferry and slept
phone connections here are better than in Windsor. Maybe Orange
can get some Moroccan engineers to work for them?
people are very friendly. Most men wear a djellaba, which when it’s
white makes them look like KK-Klansmen… Everybody waves as
you drive past. There are the usual maties trying to flog rugs and
other b*llocks, but luckily they do have pride and take no for an
answer when I say it nice and firmly. I haven’t been rude
to anyone, yet.
heading to Erg Chebbi tomorrow for Xmas. Big sand dunes there. Itwill
hopefully also be warmer. The mountains were cooooold. So far, I’ve
met no tourists what-so-ever. So could be a quiet one as the locals
here don't believe in the JC and the Holy Goat malarkey.
Maroc the 2nd : Timing is everything
I presume you read my last dodgy utterances. Chrimbocouscous was
a complete non-event. Did it really happen? This was kind of how
I like it. No pressure. Did some zooming around the sand dunes of
the Erg Chebbi. In the afternoon a wind blew up and I can now safely
confirm that my tent may be water and snow proof, but by the ½
cm of this magnolia coloured stuff covering everything, it isn't
sand resistant. Oh well, whatever: I moved into a hotel room.
that the mountains needed another visit. Another mistake? I'd like
to call it an "adventure". Got some interesting pics...
a great ride up the Todra Gorge and after a good night camping I
decided to carry on round to do a circuit into the Dades Gorge.
At 2pm all was fine. By 3 it was a complete white out. Snow, snow
and more, you’ve guessed it... I managed to get back to the
place where I had lunch (Agoudal). It carried on all night. Nice
view in the morning though.
had a big epic today, including 150 mile (via Irmichil and Er Rich)
detour to get out of mountains. Fell off about 10 times before getting
to the paved road that was also iced over for about 20 miles. You
know the "funny" film with the swans sliding all over
the frozen lake... Well imagine Brighty doing more pirouettes than
he really wanted to... The kids in the villages I drove through
were highly amused. Occasionally I even saw the funny side too.
(1987 "remodelled" Transalp) is truckin' on, but these
various mountain epics are putting a major spanner in my timings.
So I've made the executive decision to miss out further highland
excursions and will head for Zagora tomorrow. (Am in Er Rachidia
tonight). Then I'll aim to head up through the desert back to Erg
Chebbi to be able to flick the bird at Charlie Boring as he pants
passed on his Lisbon to Dakar jaunt. Then it'll be back north to
catch a ferry back to Spain and the flight to GB.
your festive period is fruitful. Since arriving in Moroc I haven't
had a drop of booze. Not because you can't get it (you can), but
just haven' been in the mood.
3. Lucky lucky boy: Moroc the Third and Final
Hope you had a good new year. Here's the final instalment. In bullet-point
format. Am all prosed out.
• Was in bed in Zagora (home of the famous "Timbouktou
52 jours" sign) at 11pm on 31 Dec. Something to do with the
enlivened company of my German bike maties?