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Old 01-27-2014, 04:38 AM   #1
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Morocco on VFR 1200 FD. A dream come true.

Morocco. A dream come true.

29 days, 11 525 km .

Moscow (Russia)- Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Piran (Slovenia) - Genoa ( Italy) - Tangier (Morocco ) - Rabat (Morocco) - Casablanca ( Morocco) - El Jadida ( Morocco) - Safi ( Morocco) - Essaouira (Morocco) - Marrakech ( Morocco) Ait-Ben-Haddou ( Morocco) - Ouarzazate ( Morocco) - Merzouga ( Morocco) - Meknes ( Morocco) - Tangier ( Morocco) - Algeciras (Spain) - Malaga (Spain) - Granada (Spain) - Almeria ( Spain) - Cartagena (Spain) - Alicante (Spain ) - Valencia (Spain) - Barcelona (Spain) - Nimes (France) - Piacenza (Italy) - Passes Gavia, Stelvio, Sella ( Italy) - Moscow.
Morocco. Since childhood, this country seemed to me something mysterious, elusive and exotic. And stories of my father, and huge tangerines and oranges, which he brought back from business trips - only fostered a strong desire to visit the country sometime. And if you have a dream - it is necessary to put into practice, what we have begun with my husband Robert in the last day of August 2013, of course, with our Honda VFR 1200 FD.

First Photo - paid 10 $. We found it in our mailbox upon returning home.

We started our trip in Moscow (Russia) and on the second day we arrived to Ljubljana (Slovenia), and we have established a small personal record: on the first day, we drove 1510 km during 14 hour 30 min., including border passage of Belarus-Poland.

I think we come to Ljubljana more often than in our country house and it's all because of our friend Sebastian (Seba), also a motorcyclist, who at that time could not go with us on a big trip, but was glad to spend with us 2 days on the sea.

The next day, Seba drove us thru the forest, winding roads to Piran nice Slovenian Mediterranean town, where we spend great 2 days together with Seba, his friend Damir (he is GS driver like Seba) and two bottles of home made vodka.

Time on the sea passed quickly, so we said goodbye to Seba in italian Trieste and traveled to Genoa - the ferry to Tangier (Morocco) went the next morning. We had not been in Genoa two years and immediately felt the changes: military conflicts in the countries of northern Africa significantly increased the number of refugees from the continent and walking on the evening, and especially the night streets of the old town has become even more dangerous - only lighted avenues along the waterfront.

In the morning, 4 hours prior to departure (as we later understood, you can come for an hour), we came to boot on the ferry. For motorcycles allocated special, tent sheltered waiting place, and all the other cars stand behind. And this we have never seen: on the roofs of most cars were huge bales of things, as if they were collected from all nearest garbage dumps (or stolen?). Old bikes, sprawling wooden and plastic tables and chairs from cafe stores - all these Moroccans bring to home. Then, deep in Morocco we saw an open-air market in which all these are being sold, including there was huge mountain of old shoes, in which potential buyers were trying to find paired shoes.

We had to spend 2 days on the ferry , with stop for a couple of hours in Barcelona. We met Helge - a German who lives in Italy for a long time. He's on BMW R1150RT also planned to conquest of Morocco, so we decided to join together, the more all bikers, came on the ferry in Genoa, went out in Barcelona and in the hold were only two our motorcycles - well, God ordered. )))

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