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Litle rain is good news for me since I plan to visit lake Iriki , hopefully it will be dry and not muddy. The downside is that it might be a hot April month.

Tim, thanks for the info, that's one big landslide, a real shame since the route looks really nice judging by the pics.

What is "Gite Igmire" ? tryed to google it, but nothing meaninfull came out

I'll try to check the detour you mention on the maps I have available.

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It's the gite d'etape (staging post) in the village of Igmir, see www. giteigmir.com
email: contact@giteigmir.com
GPS N29 20.036 W9 00.146

The junction where you fork right is at N29 14.780 W8 58.923
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staging post is like a guest house ?
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Sorry, that was a sort of literal translation.

Normally a gite in Morocco is a house where the owner works full time at some other business (e.g. farmer) and has some rooms in an annex separate from the family area that are rented out. The point being that the guesthouse is a sideline, and the family isn't dependent upon guests for their livelihood.

Gites are very basic, mattress on floor with blankets, shower and toilet in the corridor. Because they are in rural areas away from restaurants the overnight rate is normally half board (dinner, bed, breakfast) and typically 100-150dh per person per night. You can see some pics of another gite here.

Some routes have lots of gites, for example the now mainly tarmac route between Midelt and Imilchil has four gites in the space of 80km. Although clean sheets are often provided, I travel with a silk sleeping bag liner to use.
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Tim thanks for the info, it's the first time I plan a journey to Morocco ( I've been there before but with others leading the way ).

anyone has done route MW3 Assa to Tan-Tan ? I was told that the area is very rocky, very hard on suspensions and all the rest, but by reading the book it doesn't sound like it.

should I skip it ? please advise.

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It´s rocky but very beautiful. I´ll not skip it.
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Hi Pera

Thanks for the reply, I'm guessing that you have done the route, do you have any pictures you can share ?

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@Tim: Do you have any information about piste condition Azilal direction South - Agouti - Tighremt n'Ait Ahmed - Gorges du M'Goun - Bou Thrarar - N10? Road Azilal - Agouti looks tarmac. I heard last November track/piste South from Agouti over one pass to Gorges du M'Goun is renewing? By your opinion when is best time to pass High Atlas tracks with light loaded GS's? End of May or better in June? Last year end of October I could not ride over Ouano (MH1), Melloul & Tleta (MH7) because after heavy rain & snow were blocked or too slippery.

Do you ever ride direct gravel track from Asni to Oukaimeden?
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Azilal to Agouti is tarmac, see route C13 Ait Bououlli Valley A potential extension is route C21 Happy Valley and the Cathedral.

The route over the M'Goun massive is not possible on motorbike. Coming from Bou Tharar and the south it's now tarmac until Amejgag, then a short stage of piste, then mule track. Knowing that, I haven't bothered to investigate the northern end from Agouti.

I can't comment on weather other than to say it varies. I've been over the Tizi n'Ouano in winter and it was fine and dry. May or June should (hopefully) be OK. Most snow evaporates rather than turning to water.

Asni to Oukaimdene is tricky in a couple of places. I did it solo, with luggage, on a Tenere, and also solo, unladened on a 1200GS. Coming from Marrakech, there's a left turn about 100m after the Afriquia station in Asni. Follow this tarmac road heading south, then east for 12.5km then turn right onto the piste to Oukaimdene. Tricky bit is 4km along the piste (which isn't on Olaf's MarocTopo map).

Once at Oukaimdene there are great views from the radio towers at the top looking north towards Marrakech. Also the possibility of carrying on along the valley to the south to the top of the Tizi n'Eddi from where you can look down on Tizi n'Tamatert.

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Hi Pera

Thanks for the reply, I'm guessing that you have done the route, do you have any pictures you can share ?

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Sorry Tito, last time I did the route was 1998 and I used slides, I´ll need to look for them between thousands of slides.
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Many thanks Tim. Then will try C21: Happy Valley and the Cathedral as you did.

Last year looks like that Link to pictures on local forum on MA-2. Last 4 pictures near the end of the side. First 7 were mostly in Mauritania and West Sahara.

I rode opposite side on MA-2. New gravel road from Izerbi to Igmir.
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Hi Pera

Don't worry about the pictures, I'm reviewing my chosen routes, and I might have to skip MW3 in the end, or pickup a few more days of holiday .

I used take lots of slide photos too, and I'm very tempeted to take one of my old film cameras with me this time.

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@Tim: Which route shout be plausable with 1200gsA between Asni and Oukameiden? Magenta route in Olaf v2.0 is not conected to the top of pass. When I was there last year, from my point of view this track seams Ok.
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