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Old 1 Jul 2013
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Anyone riding Spain/Morocco in Sept/Oct2013?

Hi everyone! I'm new here and am planning to do my first trip to Spain and Morocco around the end of September and into October and, maybe November.
I ride a 2012 Honda XR650L and I am experienced. I however have zero experience in the shipping of the bike, overland travelling and, honestly I speak no Spanish and even less French. I've been in touch with the company for shipping the bike and it seems easy enough......anyone want to "update" me on if I'm correct or, dreaming.
I love to ride solo but, on and adventure like this I would very much appreciate having people to ride with some of the ways at least.
ANY help with ANY issues ANYONE sees with this trip I would love to hear.
Will I be F U C _ _ D with not having language skills? I have translator on my iphone.....it's a pain in the ass but, a lifesaver too.
I was planning on using hotels, camp grounds and roadside camping for my accommodations.
I am intimidated and excited all at once.....I have to be in Spain for business.....so, no matter, I'm going.....and being there just a few weeks ago....my heart died for my Honda......I just need to get it on the plane.....and my trip is "Golden"......
Thanks everyone and I must say that I love reading everyones stories and can't wait till I have some of my own!!!
I'll be looking forward to any and all replies.....

"Live Ride & Be, Fast, True & Free"

Gee.
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Hi Gee,
I'm planning a 2 week jaunt from the UK to Morocco via Spain in October (ferry from UK to Santander on 20th October, returning on 2nd November). As I only have a couple of weeks off work, I'm planning on getting to Morocco asap and spending the time there. I'd be happy to meet up with you to ride some of the way. I'm just getting back into a bit of adventure biking after a long time away from it, and will be taking my KTM 950 Adventure. Don't worry about not speaking the language - English is widely spoken in most countries, and when its not you can go a long way with the few words in the back of a guidebook and a bit of pointing. It usually works out in the end and after all its part of the adventure!

Cheers, Andy
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Hi, we are travelling thru Spain to Morocco in Sept and planning the crossing on 5th Oct, (see thread Africa Anyone), we will be travelling around Europe from 4th Sept just to give the bikes and Land Rover a good rundown and make sure everythings working properly before heading down to Africa.
Paul
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first contacts.....NICE.

Hi Paul and Andy......thanks so much for your replies!!
I think that I would be very close to your scheduling Paul.....I am free from business after sept 22nd.....it'd leave me 13 days to tool around before we would meet. Cool.
What are your plans for Morocco Paul? Ripping through, or taking in the sights a little? I know you're headed to Africa......very cool.

Andy....I'm not sure if we would cross paths or not......see, I have about 6- 9 months to kill.....not sure if I will stay 3 months in Morocco or, shorter and head to China/Vietnam.....but, never the less.....I should still be there the only thing I'm thinking is that we might pass as you're coming south and I'm headed back to Spain......hmmm.....guess we will play it by ear......

thanks guys....peace for now!!
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Definitely be doing some sightseeing in Morocco, maybe up to a month there, theres quite a lot too see and some nice mountain roads to ride
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Ok, that sounds good with me too.....I will have time to kill and would love to see as much of Morocco as possible!!
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Hi Gee
Plan on returning to Morocco (3rd time) mid Sept for a week or 4 , as much off road as poss as before..... here take a look

http://adventurebikerider.com/forum/...oes-maroc.html

Anyway there'll be 2 or 3 of us Me DR650, Shan KTM 690 and maybe Andy Dakar 650 and we'mm be getting as far south as poss quick !!! DESERTS AND MOUNTAINS

Stay in touch and hopefully we can hook up.

ps we all live in France (and speak French !!! handy in Maroc) and me and Shan often go over the mountain while Andy goes round and it works fine , all of us are open to spliting up and doing our own thing without anyone spitting their dummy out.
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Hi Gee,
I'm going to Africa through Maroc around end of Oct beginning of Nov and I speak Arabic fluently!! , I'm starting my journey from Essex, UK on a Fazer6. So if you want keep in touch and we might meet up somewhere on the way.
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Hi Gee.
I'm riding down through Spain with a pillion on a 950 Adventure, planning to arrive in Morocco on the 19th ish September for a quick blast down to Marakkesh and then on to M'hamid and back through the Atlas. Four weeks round trip from England.
Maybe not as fast as you two up but would be up for meeting for a along the way.
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Probably wrong dates and location, but I'm riding from Devon, via the Portsmouth - Santander ferry from 25th Oct to 3rd Nov roughly, then riding the Bardenas Reales Desert, Aragon, Navarra & Pyrenees route(Vibraction road book 10). I've got the whole 1200 route tracklogged. Nothing too tricky, as a couple of lads on 990's rode it. I'll be on my KTM 690

http://www.adventurebikerider.com/fo...arra-2012.html
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Maroc Oct 21st-6th Nov.......ish

For info if anyone wants to join...Have a read and see the ride report of last year on advrider...

There's about 10 riders going at present ....


Morocco 2013.....EDC..... - .: XT660.com - The #1 XT660 Resource :.




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Ehh up
Tried to fool me by changing you name !!!!

Anyhow looks like we're going later , my riding buddy has to have an opp on his back !!! no dates yet but will stay in touch and hope to catch up over there.

As promised i'll try and get down for a free brew soon.

Phil
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Oh hello you!!

No problem.....call by anytime you're in this neck of the woods.

Let me know what dates you're going on and we just might be able to have a over there.



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Hi everyone! I'm new here and am planning to do my first trip to Spain and Morocco around the end of September and into October and, maybe November.
I ride a 2012 Honda XR650L and I am experienced. I however have zero experience in the shipping of the bike, overland travelling and, honestly I speak no Spanish and even less French. I've been in touch with the company for shipping the bike and it seems easy enough......anyone want to "update" me on if I'm correct or, dreaming.
I love to ride solo but, on and adventure like this I would very much appreciate having people to ride with some of the ways at least.
ANY help with ANY issues ANYONE sees with this trip I would love to hear.
Will I be F U C _ _ D with not having language skills? I have translator on my iphone.....it's a pain in the ass but, a lifesaver too.
I was planning on using hotels, camp grounds and roadside camping for my accommodations.
I am intimidated and excited all at once.....I have to be in Spain for business.....so, no matter, I'm going.....and being there just a few weeks ago....my heart died for my Honda......I just need to get it on the plane.....and my trip is "Golden"......
Thanks everyone and I must say that I love reading everyones stories and can't wait till I have some of my own!!!
I'll be looking forward to any and all replies.....

"Live Ride & Be, Fast, True & Free"

Gee.
No bikes, but will be a group of 5 4x4's going to Morocco on the 14\15\ October, Algerciaras to Ceuta we are planing on doing the west side of Morocco over Atlas mountains and down to Figiq and back up along the border and east back to the ferry, We were at the HUBB in May manning the Overland Travel show stand. So if you are over the west would meet for coffee/tea.
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