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Morocco Aug/Sept 2010

TonyP

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Paul, great start on a trip report. Shocked about last years trip and how it ended... those pics don't look nice at all!

Much better outcome this year those, some nice pics so far!
 

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Nice write up. Looks like fun.

re camping: Pull up at any dune and make camp? Ok with the law or just don't get caught?

I took the liberty of making some minor touch ups to one of your pics: ;)
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Wow nasty end to the last trip. Glad your still here to tell us of this excellent journey. Top work, Can't wait to read the next part :thumbup: :thumbup:
 

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I deliberately chose to drive home on the same road that we had our 'bump' on again this year. When we got to the scene I keyed the mike on the CB to tell my mate in the Landy. I couldn't speak.... there was a huge lump in my throat. I really wasn't expecting that.

This trip has allowed us to close the lid on last years nightmare as we now have happy memories to take forward from this one :thumbup:

Crispin, camping in the desert is fine.... just find a spot and pitch up.

Thanks for the photo touch up :D
 

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Looking good so far!! Look forward to the rest of it!
 
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Great writeup so far Paul. :thumbup: Looking forwards to the rest of it :whistle:

I remember your post about the crash from back in the day - horrendous... I still don't know how you both got out without serious injury :shock: Good to hear that this trip has helped put it behind you :cool:
 

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Wow I'm so envious :mrgreen: Some cracking photos :thumbup: I really like the one that shows the scale of the dunes :D Hope you get to the bottom of your overheating woes soon :thumbup:
 

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Great report and photos, can’t wait for the rest.
 

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::.2nd September.::

Today saw us heading further West and past Fort Bou Jerif.
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Once past the Fort there was some more technical sections.
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We then dropped over 300 feet in less than a mile down to the coast line.
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... and onto another popular photo shoot location.
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... this little guy was a right poser.
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Our destination for today was a superb secluded beach that we found on last years trip.
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We were soon joined by two beach 'bums'.
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This one was a right character.
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I'm sure he is the same little chap that was there when TonyTone visited in May of this year, Tony's photo is below.
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As drinks were shared, we reflected on another great days driving.
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As the evening approached we were treated to a spectacular sunset.
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Distance traveled : 240 miles
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::.3rd September.::

After spending a night at the beach camp it was time to head inland, our destination was Riad Hida in Oulad Berhil.

This took us through Tafraoute, a short detour South of Tafaroute are the famous Blue Rocks with have recently been repainted.
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Having spent the previous 4 nights wild camping our room at Riad Hida was a most welcome site
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::.4th September.::

A hearty breakfast was served which certainly set us up for todays trip to Marrakech.
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If I am honest, Marrakech does not excite me any more but, the guys that joined us on the trip wanted to visit so it had to be done.
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If you click here you will see a larger image of the one above, you can see the man in White sitting down bottom left giving us a friendly wave

Have a look at the next two photos and play spot the difference
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One was taken as we arrived, the other was taken the following morning.... clearly someone took a liking to my sand shovel :doh:

Distance traveled : 291 miles
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::.5th September.::

After going around in ciricles trying to escape Marrakech's narrow streets we finaly found our way out to the East.

About 100 miles North East are the Cascades de Ouzou
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A sign said toilets this way.... it was a hole in the ground and the 'flush' was a guy with a Coke bottle cut in half. Lucy was reluctant but when you need to go... the sign said 1DH (about 10p) the guy almost fell over when Lu gave him 10DH
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Tonights stop was close to the Sources Oued Oum Er Rbia so we needed to press on.

We passed this little girl along the way who gave us a lovely smile as she herded her donkeys off the piste to let us pass.
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Our spot for the night
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As the sun set over the lake we cracked open another bottle of Margarita...
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... the obligatory photo session followed
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Distance traveled : 258 miles
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Crispin

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Nice one...


Painted rocks are interesting.
 

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Some great pics there Paul, they brought back a few memories, and I love your reg number, very suitable for a Cruiser.
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Did you meet these kids by the lake?

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Great pics/post paul. Got to defo do something like that in the future, Hope the truck is going ok :thumbup:
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You are indeed correct about the dog you saw on the beach camp.

We named him Bobby friendly chap who stay on guard under our car all night.

Lokks like a great trip. We are off to Morocco next week. Currently at base camp in Alicante doing final prep.

do you have a route log you could send through, to see if you found something new?

Cheers

Tony
 
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