October 19, 2009 GMT
marroco to Mali

i did say in my original bog how great the country and scenery of marocco were do not believe the crap they say about getting into maro or the hassle i can only asssume they have never been here the german and french bikers come here in droves what about seeing a few more brits. Even the police are nice and its pretty cheap
As i have just deleted by mistake the whole of the Marocco mauritania Mali blog i will give you a quick precee and do the full monti tommow Maroc was a dream chefchaouen; rabat, azrou, tinihir Gorges of todra and dades tried to do the circular route including middle piste first i had a puncture then got caught in horrendous rain in middle piste bit ending the worst biking and worrying day of my life
lesson learnt here
By the way thanks to Liz Ross of Trailblazzers for your translating skills
on to quarzazate great biking all the way to here
then on to tiznet over the anti atlas here i met a super brit couple who live in france with a VW camper van they where great lovely wine, fruit salads g and ts beer i will always remember them by the way after you left i found i could buy a bottle of plonk at the hotel opp for 4 euros , i hope you got back to france okmore tomorrow
once you leave Tiznet (a nice small town) the sahara really comes into your life the scenery gets starker dessert one side of the road and the atlantic ocean via massive cliffs the other side. By the way looking left there is one other tarmac road running between me and the nile and too the right the atlantic to the americas
Most of the time the mid day heat is about 40 degreess great while your riding awful when you stop
Distances between comunities and petrol station start to spread out, by the way you see fisherman with rods casting straight down into the atlantic must be a couple of hundered feet
it was a hot and tiring 267 miles to the next big town Tan Tan, imagine going london to manchester with 3 filling stations and 2 very small towns to put things into perpective
Its about now you start to realise how long going down the sahara is OH by the way i dropped my laptop on the marble floor of my hotel room in rabat hence internet cafees now
Fast facts
Do not try and understand the rules of the road in Maroc, Mauri or Mali the locals dont understand them either except in Mali give way to the biggest so a 600 honda beats a moped one of thousands. Cyclists should be given a wide berth but you can see them picking themselves up in your mirrows
I stayed on a empty camping site by the beach in TanTan Plage because there was no lights about at nght you could see the lights of Fuertuventure across the sea
From Tan Tan down to the penninsula of Dakla theres just desert both sides of the road 470 miles and aboou 4 filling stations i sang its a long way to Tipperary for hours to relieve the boredom some youngsters have ipods in stead
You really get a sense of the sahara on this strech By the way ptrol was tax free from Layonne down due to it being UN mandated territory at the moment
Meeting Ben Ware
In Dahkla i met up with Ben for the future bit of the trip he proved to be a gem of a guy we headed south for Mauratania border sand sand and more sand At the exit border of marocc we had been warned it was a slow process it was worse than that, after 4 hours waing to be stamped out a official noticed my age and pulled me to the front of the queque but he wouldnt do the same for ben
Fast fact
Always look old at borders certain countries have respect for the eldery take note siblings and youngters at Ethicall
Then the no mans land bit piste between two minefields ok really nothing difficult except sand and rock to ride on Muari border no problem on to Nouadibbou and the sahara campsite.
The Sahara Campsite Nouadibou
This used to be the meeting point for the 300 mile beach run before the tarmac road to Nouakachott was built 2 years ago now sadly its empty and run down Except for the 3 ladies that occupy the previos renting rooms one of the ladies invited ben and me to see her room It had a toilet with no door in the middle of telling us what she could offer; the word began with f she lifted up her skirt and promptly had a pee in full view of us showing off the goods on offer We promptly made our excusses and left. The next day we did the boring 300 mile run to Nouakchott no villages or building just 3 filling stations it wass44 degress in the shade

Posted by Archie Taylor at October 19, 2009 03:19 PM GMT
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events

 

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!