Cheers Ally, that would be great, I'll be in toledo on the 23rd dec - not long now
If you can give me the name and address of a recommended cheap place i can get a map from this website - www.mapquest.co.uk
- good free site for printing a street map to take!
As for camping i've just bought a 2 bike cycle cover from halfords for 25 quid (ouch for a posh plastic sheet!) better value than the cheap motorbike ones i've seen though, packs smaller and lighter but big enough for the bike for security and to stop sand blasting in a sand storm (not sure how serious a problem that might be though and i'd probably prefer to get in it myself if it was that bad!) but with some fancy string work should make an OK shelter, got to spend at least one night sleeping out even if i do look slightly freaky next to the properly prepared. I gotta travel light though and i've just added a stripped down 12v air compressor to the (getting longer) list of must haves.
Tony - I'm going down the east side from Nador, i expect you'll know whos the dusty fool on a blue hornet before i'm sure it's you on a KLR, flag me down! Good luck with your trip down from Yorkshire, could be the nastiest part, a long spell of british weather to see you off. It'll make getting there a lot sweeter though
My map ('world mapping project/Reise know how' seemed better then the michelin or IGN maps for what i want)has camp sites in most towns at least in the more remote areas. other than that i've no idea how they'd be about people pulling of the road and pitching camp, can't think why they'd mind though as long as it was away from sensitive areas and land mines, don't suppose they'd even know. definately a top idea to do that, i would if i had the right bike and the gear.
Another thing i got from Halfords was some cargo tie downs, £8.99 for 2, i got 4 for the bike to strap on fuel and mostly to tie the bike down in the ferries. A friend of mine took the bilboa ferry 2 years ago and they only had old ropes to tie the bikes (no idea what they'll have on the Nador ferry) Unless you're good at a wagoners hitch you'd do well to get the bike tightly down. Bay of biscay in the winter and going side on to the westerly swells, i'd be sh*tting it if i thought the bike wasn't secure (not to mention the ones next to mine) one freak 30 degree roll and a greasy deck .....
pretty good these straps though, i'm finding halfords isn't all bad for a lot of stuff actualy