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Old 04-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #35
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Marrakesh

Maddin had spend the day at the pool and by the end of the day it was clear that there were no more dirt tracks for him in the near future. So he made the decision to ride back to Spain and fly home to get checked by a specialist.
That meant riding over the Atlas mountains towards Marrakesh, from where it was all highway to the ferry port in Tanger.

The first part was the same route as I had been riding the day before. Palm trees and Kasbahs.





Then we went higher and higher into the Atlas and it got a bit chilly, though were was no snow yet.



As soon as we reached the north side or the mountains the weather changed and we were basically riding through the clouds. It was foggy, wet and miserable. On top of that my engine warning light came on.


It turned out that I was low on coolant and we topped it up with water. Hours later, just when the sun set we rolled into the suburbs of Marrakesh. The GPS lead us to an Ibis hotel in the north, so it would be easy to find the highway the next morning.

I had used the time to make up my mind about the future trip. Tomorrow, Maddin would head back to Spain. It was all highway and should hopefully be straight forward for him. I could accompany him and enjoy the rest of my vacation time exploring the south of Spain and maybe Portugal. But I had already done that a few years ago, and winter was closing in. So I decided to let him go and head back south alone.
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