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Old 02-01-2007, 05:38 AM   #1
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Morocco - 3 bikes and other minor troubles

Okay, that's enough.

I decided to stop lurking and to add a small report.
As I have no talent as a storyteller, and even less in english, I won't talk much and will just throw pictures on your screen. You'll probably get the essence of it.

Story started back in October 2005. I had a wonderful bike (R1150R) but not the one I need for the trips I wish to do. Not to mention my pretty lady didn't find it especially comfy. A month riding Italian roads and a week in Roma showed that I need something higher...
So I went to talk to the dealer.... and after a long wait, in mid April 06, came my 12GS.
Meanwhile, I talked with a friend about a trip out there.... why not Le Maroc.
Tickets were bought in January. And the we began to plan the trip.
As we wished to do some off road, our ladies would arrive after us, by plane, directly to Marrakesh.
For us, It would be the boat from Sète FR to Tangier MO.

Departure was May Friday 12th, 19:00.
we were here sometimes before, as requested. Ready and quite happy.

you could see that the AT and the vstrom drivers have decided to travel light. light as they had clothes for the driver and the lady for +/- 10 days.
the beemer was fully loaded..... keep that in mind, I'll be back on that later.

And here comes the first trouble.
The "Marrakesh", our boat was being repaired and we would have to take the "Marrakesh Express" instead (keep the name in mind, u'll see why in a moment) and the departure was delayed. 23:00 instead.
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:40 AM   #2
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"gents, let's have a beer and a pizza, shall we"
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:41 AM   #3
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what a great cruise.... pretty chicks, "grandiose" bedrooms.......
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:43 AM   #4
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We were still very confident.....
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:45 AM   #5
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journey time is 36 hours.... what could u do during 36 hours on a boat ?
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:46 AM   #6
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Maroc adventures are always great...

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:49 AM   #7
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"
boys.... we have a problem. we were supposed to be in Tangier by noon.
look where we are and the current time.....

Heh, look at our speed !!!!
Marrakesh Express they said !
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the journey took +/- 48 hours instead of 36.

Our plan told us that we should have been in Midelt Sunday eve.
And it was Sunday eve and we weren't yet at Tangier.......

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:54 AM   #8
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we had time to talk to other bikers.
black one was a 1150GS driver. on his way to Marrakesh by road to see his lady.
red one was a 1150RT driver. planned to pay a little visit around here with his wife.
was quite impressive with a RT at the time, even if we didn't yet know how the roads were.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:00 AM   #9
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here, no photo for a short while.
let's simply say that we ran through the customs, took the highway - no roads here, highway, coz the 1150GS told us by night the road to Fez is too dangerous.
cars, pedestrians, monkeys, curves, oil.....
so, highway. We tried to stick on the planned trip, that was reach Midelt.
After some strange moments on the highway, trying to avoid the remains of exploded dogs on the tarmac, we reached Azrou quite late, around midnight.
pillows were willkommen
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early monday morning.
quite a view....... gave me some kickass feeling.
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a very fine breakfast at Azrou.
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"So now, gents, let's speed up to Midelt"

quite a road.....

nothing ahead
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:08 AM   #15
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oh sh*t !
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