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Morocco Trip - Tangers to Fes

  Posted at 08:40:00 PM
  File under  Personal Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Tangers to Fes
We left Tangers early in the morning and headed for Fes.

According to the hotel, the roads were in reasonable shape. They did warn about dirt and diesel spills.

Trucks would be our biggest problem they said (the trucks were also their own big problems. We must have seen 30 which had flown off the road, and into the ravine).

We needed to start the mountain climb quite early on.

The Atlas mountains can get reasonably high (about 2800 meters), and therefore we were expecting snow and ice on portions of the road.

Total Distance: 350 kms
Road Condition: Good (occasionally the road would disappear). Diesel & oil on the road.
Time: 8 hours (including 1 hour lunch and a few stops for coffee)
Lake The scenery was at times very impressive.

Here's a lake and dam along the way.
Stopped 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).
Low sun 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)
Coffee stop We stopped along the way for our first coffee (at Chefchaoue). People were looking at us like we just came from Mars.
Olive Oil press Along the way we saw several of these. They are olive presses, using donkeys to press the olives into oil.
Tree lined road At times, the road was pretty straight, with loads of trees. We were still reasonably low (about 1000 meters).
Houses along the way We never felt isolated, since there were always houses or sheds along the way.
Cactus plants The first cactus plants arrived. We were definitely riding south...
Mud houses Some of the houses were nothing but mud and some planks of wood or sheet metal. Must be really fun during the summer...
Donkey Carts 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....
Roadside restaurant 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 !
Sheep & Cattle grazing 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..
Mountains The really tall mountains were visible in the distance. That would be tomorrows ride...
Huts Some more straw huts... almost like in middle Africa.
Lake I must say, that this part of the country is not barren. We saw a lot of lakes and rivers.
Barren The climb has started here. The vegetation is slowly thinning out, and the roads are becoming steeper.
Road side sales 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.

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