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Old 02-03-2007, 05:32 AM   #76
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Old 02-03-2007, 05:33 AM   #77
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Thanks again for sharing, Eric. I love all your pictures, but this is my favorite so far. Especially when I it is 7 degrees F outside this morning (about -15C). Looks nice and warm in Morocco.

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Old 02-03-2007, 06:30 AM   #78
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Fantastic report!

I enjoyed reading of your travels over morning coffee; please post more pictures.

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Old 02-03-2007, 07:23 AM   #79
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Following on the track, we are looking for rock engravings advisable in the guide, they are not easy to see.
At 5 pm we arrive at a pass named Tizi n’Tighiyst, with 2400m high, where there are a lot of rock engravings, this site is very important, we can see engravings everywhere, it’s impressive. Unfortunately, regarding the clock, we must go, people say us we need one hour to Agouti, around 30 km.
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:25 AM   #81
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The downing track is back-breaking with large flat stones. We cross over several small fords, sometime like ditches because of last rains.

At the village d’Ighir n’Tissent, we take a wrong direction. The villagers give us the good direction. We have to cross an other Oued, there is not many water but we can see the bed has been mixed a lot. After Abachkou the track is wet with a lot of water puddles, and also several green leafs on the ground, storms and wind have been very strong here. The track is going down in a valley, I can see the Oued in the bottom, on my road book ( done with Gandini guide datas ) I noted “ small bridge “, I become afraid, how is the bridge after the storm.
Now I can see the bridge, It seems to be normal, I slow down, there is a hole on the left but the access is not a problem with a bike ( not the same with a car). On the other bank a woman is making signs meaning “ you cannot pass”. Once crossing, the track is turning left and there………There is a huge rock filling up almost the right part of the track, on the mountain side, and a big hole on the left on the river side, in the middle a small way. It’s no good. I stop, get out the bike when Patrick arrives, cross the step and takes the small way between the rock and the hole. He stops soon because he gets stuck in the middle. The handlebar and the saddlebag are knocking on the rock, because of his big bag at the rear of the bike, he is not able to get out the bike, he is fighting to avoid falling in the hole. This situation is becoming uncomfortable for him. I climb over the rock, jump on hte other side and catch the front wheel and hold it, he manages to get out and holds the rear of the bike. We manage to make pass the bike. We know how to do, so we proceed with my bike, easy man.
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:27 AM   #83
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No pictures because of the night, but we aren't arrived yet.

It’s not good but we have to go, the night is here, but on the GPS I see that Agouti is not so far, 7- 8 km

We are riding on the right hand bank of the oued. The track is divided in two, one track down on the left and an other up. The downing track seems to be more large, the other is looking like a goat way ( in the night ). I take the left, wrong choice, it’s ending in the river. We turn and go back, on the goat way, sandy on the beginning, some channelling, and after ok, my colleague is going ahead. Once again two solutions. He goes on the right upping track, wrong choice after a short while the track disappears, in the dark.
I go by foot to have a look, I guess the track down to the small hill where we are. We turn and go back, it’s ok. Once or twice I don’t remember a large part of the track has been taking away by the flooding oued, but it remains a small way which doesn’t matter with a bike, except the fact this is the night and our lighting is not efficient.
We cross a tributary of the main oued, we have two small steps to pass, now the track is going up and overhanging the oued and moving away from it. Ouf the situation is becoming less tense. I look at the GPS we are almost arrived, then suddenly in the middle of the track a huge rock with mass of fallen earth. Shit we are damned.
It remains a pass 40 cm wide, between the rock and the precipice, it pass sitting on the rock, first gear slowly ouf. The track stills going up and suddenly the sealed road, yeehh. Very happy to find a sealed road, often we tried to avoid it, not yet.

On my road book, I have noted “Flilou Berber house in the entry of the village, good address very clean “
We find it immediately ‘’ Hé Patrick, on est moulus hein !!!’’
We stop, but it seems to be closed. I go to the entry door, I guess a glow inside, I come in there is a
Candle. “ is there somebody ??”, yes it is, because of the recent storms the electricity is broken, anyway the guest-house is open. It seems we are alone, the boss guides us to a court-yard to park the bikes. In the same time, 4 trekers arrived from Paris. The bed in a dormitory for 4 is 50dh around 5€.
Regarding the shower, only cold water, as they say “ wallou”
And more we are going to eat, candles diner, Milk-soup, omelette, tomatoes, apples, tea. While a moment we thought to sleep on the track behind the oued
( I’ve got freeze-dried food and cereals in my saddlebag in case )
A young woman comes with his daughter for the diner, she reads the registry book and asks who is living close to Toulouse. She lived less than ten km from my house. She is here for a wedding and she has had to stay during all the day on the road waiting the be able to cross the flooded river with a bus. A shibani 84 years old told to her, he never saw so much water during all his life.

An excellent day from the morning to the evening, riding 8 hours, great adventure

‘’ Hé Patrick, on est moulus, hein !!! ‘’

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Great report and fantastic pictures. Thanks.
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Fantastic!
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