| ||The scenery had not changed much since last night. It was still early, the temperature cold, but the sun was starting to warm us up. |
| ||The first few villages we crossed. |
| ||Above 1100 meters we encountered out first snow in Morocco. The roads were reasonably clear of the snow, but in portions that had shadows, there was still ice. |
Once or twice the motorcycle would slip, but never too much for us to slow down.
| ||We had reached a plateau, which seemed to stretch on for many kilometers. Everywhere, there was snow. |
| ||The smaller cities on the way had even much more snow. You could see that they had cleared snow away. |
Temperature though had started reaching 10 °C.
| ||This photo just to show you the pollution these trucks generate. You can see and smell trucks miles before you would see one. |
| ||Strange, but many of the houses we saw were not finished. They looked new, but whole portions were boarded or cemented up. However, there were people living in them. |
| ||At this stage, we're still riding on the plateau. There are a couple of hills, but for the most, the scenery was very flat. |
| ||Roadside cafe for coffee. Coffee, despite what you may think was usually very bad, and consisted of instant coffee (Nescafe) and hot milk. |
Where was that famous Arabic coffee ??
| ||Some parts of the road were badly maintained. However, what you see here is not bad road surface, but oil & diesel !!! |
Not a good place to hit the brakes !
| ||One of the many villages we crossed. |
| ||The scenery around here changed dramatically. Almost everything was red !! |
It seemed like some sort of red clay. Almost all houses between this point and Marrakech were made in this red clay.
| ||Road surface. It's reasonable, as long as you can see it in advance. If it's on a blind corner, you could expect trouble. |
| ||Lunch, as was becoming our habit, was at a roadside restaurant. These places rarely see tourists, and are meant for truckers. |
| ||In the rear you can see the butcher, who cuts the meat you want. To its right is the BBQ, and in front of it is the Tangine. |
| ||The Tangines are these cones, which contain vegetables filled with oil. The cones sit on top of burning charcoal, and simmer for a while, before served piping hot. |
| ||After lunch we stretched our legs a bit, while continuing our ride. |
| ||More houses, more villages. |
| ||On the outskirts of Marrakech, you could see that the houses were better and more expensive looking. |
| ||Marrakech is actually quite pretty. It's an old city, but very well maintained. This is were the King has his main palace. |
It would explain why the city is well maintained.
| ||But even here, in a reasonably modern city, you'd see donkey carts in the busy streets. |
| ||One of the main mosques of the city. It's very old, and very well maintained. There's a very large park surrounding it. |
| ||The old part of the city is surrounded by an old fortress wall, wit several gates. |
| ||Eggs anyone. Drop it, and we have a huge omelette ! |
| ||One sign that we're close to royalty... the royal golf club of Marrakech.|