Hi all, about time for an update to this thread…
Not long back from a month trip down Morocco (9000km). This was a trip to check out the bike, terrain and myself! Also went on an 8day tour with Bikershome Offroad Centre
was about 1200km offroad with two 4x4’s in support with fuel, water, food, tents… That meant two other guys on the tour and me up front to follow the days GPS route (no panniers! got 40km from Algerian border, done some of the Dakar route, fantastic riding and remote camping spots…). Great format for a tour, felt like we were really doing it for ourselves rather than following the leader, the leader was behind with the tyre levers and compressor!! Anyway I’m diverging here
but give Peter a shout if you want I tour that’s built around your abilities and is flexible to your needs!!! (Peter also does rescue service so he’s a good number to keep in your phone for that part of the world) I’ll be back with him and his nice family… Morocco has it ALL, rocky, sandy, muddy and snow! Rough deserts to mountain and forest tracks
(remember and pack warm cloths also!).
OK. After this trip I’ve decided against the route from Cairo to Dakar
. The terrain means this would be a trip by itself, what it deserves and to meet the weather window to go down through Africa, well I reckon I would be getting very wet later on! I fancied going down into Timbuktu but just not enough time for this route. Also boarder crossings in this part of north west Africa wouldn’t be easy, for Libya you’ll need an official escort...bla bla bla. Algeria and Morocco boarder may get better in the years to come, the Moroccan King and Algerian guy have shook hands for the cameras and are starting to speak with each other but will take a little longer before it filters down to opening up the crossings.
Something that surprised me on this trip was once you’ve left the nice gravel tracks is how low our average MPH can get, we didn’t get much over 25mph on average offroad with Peter! But we did stop for the old photo shots and meeting the Berber’s (lovely people). If you want to get from A to B then you could push this average up, could pretend your in the Dakar but how many of those guys finish??!!
So my plan is now a loop of Africa! Probably down the west and up the east… Hope this info helps you peeps…and don’t mind me raving on about Peter’s tour but it was good and a very friendly family!