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It is no better here, in Holland I am coming to morocco end of April till the end of Mei. I like the sound of 32 and up.
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If you liked that, you'll love this!

Hi All,

Hot and dry in the south, 42 degC at Lac Iriki. dry as a bone and great driving. Piste from Zagora to Foum Zguid same as ever. Found a couple of locals in the middle of nowhere in a 110 with a puncture and shredded tube. Half an hour and a new tube later has bought us some good karma!

Lots of activity in the Chegagga dunes and on nthe piste to Erg Chebbi. It's Semana Santa (Holy Week) so lots of Spanish tearing around. Looking forward to some peace and quiet next week.

The only other new tarmac we've seen is near Tagnouite, a 10km stretch around Blidet. It used to be a dreadful corrugated wallowy piste, so I'll forgive them for that!

Happy trails,

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Many thanks for taking the time to update on the condition of these routes and camping info.

We have four L200s going in September.....Can't Wait
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How the other half live!

Just popped in to the Xaluca Hotel in Erfoud to take a look for another group.

Check it out XALUCA | HÔTELS | XALUCA ARFOUD | Présentation

Give me a wild camp evey time!

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I recall someone proposed the original HU meeting in Morocco at this joint a couple of years back. No wonder people were put off.

I can think of so many nicer and less expensive places to stay down south.

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I agree !

Nothing, and I mean absolutely NOTHING beats a wild camp in the desert, with a small fire, the stars and good friends..........
No luxury resort or 20 star hotel can even come close..........
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Interesting stuff, I'm back in Morocco on the 17th of April, 5 of us on XR650R's. Going via the Rif, edge of the Rekkam, round the back of Erg Chebbi down to Checagga, Jebel Sahro, Todra, Imilchil, Cirque du Jaffer and back north. Sounds like there's a few others out there at the same time so if you see us please say hello.

Is the old Cirque du Jaffer piste from Imilchil to Midelt definately closed now? Whats to stop us doing it unless it's been washed away and never reapired. Would much rather do that than the new tarmac road, cheers. Shaun.
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I very much doubt the Cirque has been sealed, nor will be anytime soon; there's only some shepherds down there.

I think what J was referring to was the commonly washed out wooded gorge just after Anemzi village around KM120 from Midelt (or ~43km from the point where you [used to?] leave the tar road south of Imilchil).
They were doing it up 2 years ago.

Looks like a great route you have planned on the XRs. Try MH5 out of Alnif then MH4 down to Tinerhir. That will get the forearms pumped up!

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Hi,
I can confirm the Midelt - Agoudal piste was definitely not sealed in Feb this year, and certainly no sign of any plans to seal it.
It was muddy, snowy and a bit washed out in places, but nothing to trouble your XR's too much.

Have fun
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Ha Ha the big smile returns to my face if the Cirque remains piste.

Cheers guys for the info and Chris I'll dig your book out tonight when I get home and check if our route includes MH4 & 5.
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The piste Midelt-Agoudal was repaired for a Royal visit in december, 2008. Perhaps it won´t be sealed soon but asphalt runs very much in Morocco, sadly for us but not for moroccans that live in little villages...

The piste of Jaffar remains piste but only for bikes. There is a big stone in the middle of the track that not allows to pass cars
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Hi Pera,
When did you see the rock in the piste?
We found this one in Feb, but squeezed through no problems



Could this be the one you are talking about?

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I very much doubt the Cirque has been sealed, nor will be anytime soon; there's only some shepherds down there.

I think what J was referring to was the commonly washed out wooded gorge just after Anemzi village around KM120 from Midelt (or ~43km from the point where you [used to?] leave the tar road south of Imilchil).
They were doing it up 2 years ago.

Looks like a great route you have planned on the XRs. Try MH5 out of Alnif then MH4 down to Tinerhir. That will get the forearms pumped up!

Ch
Hi Chris,

Back home and checked your book, our intended route does indeed take in MH4 & MH5 and of course the top end of MH1 (Cirque du Jaffer)

You won't remeber me but we met in London in the early 80's when I nearly bought your Yam XS750 just before you left on I think what may have been your first African trip, which I've gotta admit inspired me greatly when I read about your travels in Superbike (if my jaded memory has not faded too much), cheers for the advice and for writing some very good books.
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Yes, it's that rock. I've seen it january, 2008 but a friend told me that november, 2009 the rock not allows to pass a car. I've also seen pics from last summer of a car like yours trying to pass.

José Manuel (pera for friends)

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Hi Pera,
When did you see the rock in the piste?
We found this one in Feb, but squeezed through no problems



Could this be the one you are talking about?

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Thanks José,
I know a few 4x4's heading that way soon, so it's good to know that it is the rock you meant.
It was quite tight in my landcruiser, but with a friend watching my rear wheel for me it was fine. I rubbed a rear tyre on the rock slightly, but no damage and it could have been avoided (i blame my friend, but i would, wouldn't I?!!).
Anything wider than a TLC, LR 110 etc will struggle (or more likely, fail) to get through though.

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