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Morocco 2CV-moto 'survival' story

I'm told you can read this in today's Sunday Times online 'In Gear' section, but you gotta pay for that.

Another version on the same story here. Motivation seems a bit far fetched - perhaps he just watched Flight of the Phoenix? - but there it is.

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I'm a cynical old bugger and as you say there's lots of references to this on the Internet but I have my doubts over (a) whether it's true, and if so, (b) whether it was a sensible thing to do.

All the reports are a rehash of the same sketchy story and none I've looked at say what time of year it was, but "tens of kilometres" from the nearest settlement isn't far. The only reference on the Internet to Tilemsem comes back with this story, possibly it's a reference to the village of Tilemsour which is about 30km (yup, tens of km) south east of Tan Tan.

He's somewhere in Morocco, so it's not as if he's in the middle of the Sahara. All he had to do was to walk back along his own tracks to find the military checkpoint. Last year I walked 18km to get a mobile signal when I had a hole in my sump and it only took a few hours.

If you had water for ten days would you really risk your life on a 'Mad Max' scheme? Add him to the list of travelling companions it would be safer not to have (along with bomb jokes and wheelie pulling Charlie B).

But thanks for the link, Chris, it made an interesting read...

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read this in yesterdays times. little sceptical myself with the whole story.

the guys own website has this map as the location


the website details another 2cv project in africa, this time turning one into a boat in Mali.

BATEAU page 1 - CHAMEAU D'ACIER - Emile LERAY
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That's the location I have as Tilemsour. Probably no more than 8-10 hours stroll into Tan Tan. If this was midsummer and blistering heat you could undertake it at night, navigating by the north star (Polaris).
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