| ||The scenery was at times very impressive. |
Here's a lake and dam along the way.
| ||We obviously had to stop to make some photos. Not easy, since trucks would come along at very high speeds (we saw several that had crashed, and gone off the mountain). |
| ||It was at times almost like riding on a different planet. Since we were heading south, we had the sun in our eyes for most of the way. |
(the wonders of duck tape fixed that problem)
| ||We stopped along the way for our first coffee (at Chefchaoue). People were looking at us like we just came from Mars. |
| ||Along the way we saw several of these. They are olive presses, using donkeys to press the olives into oil. |
| ||At times, the road was pretty straight, with loads of trees. We were still reasonably low (about 1000 meters). |
| ||We never felt isolated, since there were always houses or sheds along the way. |
| ||The first cactus plants arrived. We were definitely riding south... |
| ||Some of the houses were nothing but mud and some planks of wood or sheet metal. Must be really fun during the summer... |
| ||The scenery would at times we totally wide open. Here we see the popular Moroccan transport system; the Donkey Cart !! |
It beats our BMW motorcycles in some parts of the country....
| ||Our first roadside restaurant. These restaurants are mostly used by the truckers. The restaurant has a butcher inside, were you can see (and touch) the meat you'll be eating. |
The meat would be BBQ'd and eaten with vegetables cooked in oil (Tangine). Quite tasty !
| ||One of the dangers (the first one being the trucks) was the life stick that was grazing along the road. Often, the locals would cross the road with their sheep and cows. Interesting encounters when you arrive at 100 kph.. |
| ||The really tall mountains were visible in the distance. That would be tomorrows ride... |
| ||Some more straw huts... almost like in middle Africa. |
| ||I must say, that this part of the country is not barren. We saw a lot of lakes and rivers. |
| ||The climb has started here. The vegetation is slowly thinning out, and the roads are becoming steeper. |
| ||Road side sales. Here they're selling onions. |
| ||At the Ibis hotel, they allowed our motorcycles to be parked in the employee courtyard. It was a guarded entrance, so the bikes were very safe.|