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Morocco Trip - Ouarzazate to Agadir

  Posted at 03:42:00 PM
  File under  Personal Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

 Ouarzazate to Agadir
The hotel was cute, but FREEZING !! The only heating system they had was an airconditioner that was set to blow hot air, but the airco was mounted in the ceiling, and temperature did not move above 15 °C during the day. At night, I had to put all the bedclothes from the other bed on my bed....

But it was enjoyable experience. At breakfast there were all these movie types, technicians, aithors, etc who were working on some movie...

We were told that the road to Agadir was not in very good shape, specially the first 100 kilometers.

And they warned us for sand drifts on the road ! That was going to be interesting with all those trucks...

Agadir was going to be our Southern most point on this trip, and also the last city before heading back via the coast.

Total Distance: 360kms
Road Condition: Bad to Reasonable (lost of sand banks on the road, often quite narrow)
Time: 6 hours
Mountains in the distance Initially, when we started riding we it looked like we'd have to climb some mountains again, but the road turned towards the south further on. We only had a few hill to climb.
Road The road started out fine, straight and clean.
Village The usual villages to cross.
Bare land The land was getting bare again, occasionally a cluster of trees.
Narrow road Now, the road was getting more narrow by the kilometer. And the sides were starting to get sandy.
Sandy roads Until the road more or less disappeared under the sand. It wasn't dangerous, but not so fun when there was a big truck coming up towards you (sand blast and slippery when moving aside).
Oasis When you did see trees, it would be an oasis, with a small stream or little lake.
Road And the road continued....
Hills Several hills to climb and descend.
Moon This is the moon, not Morocco  ;-)
Clouds A couple of clouds, but the temperature held at about 10 °C.
Sandy roads The road is almost gone here....
Hilly And you had to climb the hills with these roads, watching out at each corner that there was not opposing traffic. We did see a lot of cars and trucks alongside the road.
Berber carpets Several towns were selling Berber carpets. No space on the motorcycle, so we didn't buy any...
Nature call Nature call.
Fort This thing looks like a fort. Surprise !! It is a fort. It's used by the military and by the police. Beau Gest move over...
Hummer And to prove the point, here's a Hummer !! One of many we encountered.
Fort ? Your guess is as good as mine what this building is. Looks like another fort.
Safran shop We stopped as suggested by Gilles (the Frenchman we encountered in Ouarzazate) to buy Saffron. This is the world capital of Saffron (a cooking spice). It's normally very expensive to buy, since they need 40,000 flowers to make 10 grams. We bought 10 grams for 17 Euros...
Road And we continued on the road to Agadir.
roadside restaurant Lunch break at a roadside restaurant.
Road And on the way we go again.
Oranges I got stuck behind an orange truck (not a truck colored orange, but one that was transporting them).
Fill her up 30 kilometers from Agadir we assumed that we'd no longer have the risk of not having any petrol stations, so we off-loaded our jerricans (big mistake, since I did run out later on the following day)
Agadir outskirts We've arrived at the outskirts of Agadir. It's a reasonably rich city, designed for tourists.
old fortified wall Another old fortified wall.
Irrigation aqueduct Irrigation aqueduct. The pipe the water in from the mountains.
Agadir This is Agadir from my hotel window. It's modern and touristy.
Agadir Beach This is the Agadir beach. There's a very long promenade alongside the beach full of restaurants (even a McDonalds and Pizza Hut) and discos. Yuck !

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