Motorcycle World Tour Morocco - Round Trip Erg Chebbi, Merzouga & Todra Gorge
WerbungThe sun was shining, but winter just did not want to go. No matter how many websites I checked, the Swiss passports remained closed. In order to still be able to drive a motorcycle in nice weather, I had to translate into the Maghreb States. For example to Morocco.
By telephone I booked the necessary ferry tickets and made my way to the French city of Sete.
Just as little success had a native, who wanted to exchange my motorcycle necessarily against 10 of his camels or his daughter. A woman costs just 10 camels here.
Back in the camp, I enjoyed a cool shower when I suddenly heard the familiar sound of heavy digging motorcycles. Other tourists had just descended at the Desert Hotel next door, and were now raging in the sand.
Since there are so many hotels here in Merzouga, it rarely happens in the low season that you get neighbors. At the same time, the Spaniard came back. The Algerian military intercepted him and did not let him into the country.
Nevertheless, he apparently had a lot of fun in the dunes. After watching the sunrise from a dune the next day, I suddenly feel like I'm out of nowhere
I ignored my stuff and drove through the steppe to the now asphalted Todra Gorge.
But since the tourists were traveling around the bus and Ait Hani many children did not want to keep their fingers off my bike, I did not stay long, but continued to travel via Erfoud to Midelt.
There, for the first time, I saw women walking around in the black caftan, despite the heat. When I stopped and took a picture, they began to rant, which is why I renounced the photo. A little later, a gas station attendant did not pay attention when refueling and over-poured my hot motorcycle with a few liters of super-fuel available everywhere, luckily, but a higher bill without significant consequences.
If you are hungry, you can order the national dish Tajim (Tashin) in each restaurant, consisting of spicy potatoes, carrots, peas and tomatoes with a bit of bony meat in the middle.
During the meal the landlord chatted me full and tried to sell me a huge rug or at least urge me to stay in his hotel.
By now I got used to the behavior of the people here, drove on without rugs and started to pitch my tent in the dark in the light of my headlamp on a meadow a bit off the intrusive people behind some bushes. When I tried to fasten the rear tent poles, I suddenly stood in the water up to my stomach. No matter. I wanted to put my now gossip wet and dirty motorcycle clothes to sleep because of the hard protectors so just so. That which at night had looked like a large meadow in the dim light of my headlamp turned out the next morning as a lake heavily overgrown with plants. Good that I did not drive a few meters further in the dark with my motorcycle ...
The next day I had stomach upset, less attributable to my involuntary bath than to the spicy tagine and salad served. I packed my tent and drove slowly with wet shoes past many ceramic stalls again to Tangier.
In the camp Miramonte I parked my Honda XL 600 and went swimming in the sea. The next day I changed my remaining dirhams, whose export from Morocco is banned, boarded the ferry and left with 1.5 hours delay in the direction of Europe. Edit: Meanwhile, the ferry starts from the new port of Tangier Med, which is located 35 km outside the city in Ksar Es Seghir GPS N35 ° 52'44 "W05 ° 30'30".
After our late arrival in Sete, I immediately started for Switzerland; However, it was soon forced by heavy rain to stay overnight, so as not to be soaked completely.
The next day I wanted to drive over Martigue, the Grimselpass and the Brünigpass to Lungern. Although it was almost June, the Grimselpass was still closed due to snow. The Brünigpass was then contrary to the statement of some signs in the absolutely dry and snow-free state see here . I reached Giswil the same day and drove on to the next day in Germany, where I finished my experience-rich, just three weeks and 4500 kilometers long adventure motorcycle tour without technical problems. Unlike a colleague with transmission damage to his 10 times as expensive BMW.