Au Revoir Maroc

Barcelona (Spain), 21.04.2014 The motorway from Tarifa back home to Barcelona seemed like a walk in the park after the week driving through Morocco. Fearing a lot of Semana Santa traffic I left early in the morning. There was not much to discover, apart from a curious sight in a restaurant where I tried to get …

Roll through the Rif

Tarifa (Spain), 20.04.2014 With a ferry at 20:30 and 500km of mountain road ahead, I left Midelt early in the morning. Shops were still closed and the temperatures so chilly I had to get a sweater out. The night before I hadn't noticed in the darkness how the vegetation had changed from the desert in Errachida to …

Lost in the Atlas

Midelt (Morocco), 19.04.2014 The night in the basic hotel with shared bathroom was quickly forgotten over breakfast on the main road, watching the 4x4's load the tourists and prepare their day. After yesterday's fiasco and the many kms lost vs plan today was the moment to catch up. I wanted to cross the Atlas and …

Road Construction, Move Back Several Spaces

Ouarzazate (Morocco), 18.04.2014 With chilly temperatures and after a long breakfast I left Tafraoute on a small mountain road leading through a valley with a palm forest, the tall brown mountains rising high on both sides. Traditional mud buildings appeared occasionally, and the sun colored the whole scene gently. In the bright morning light the …

Desert and Mountains

Tafraoute (Morocco), 17.04.2014 Once I saw the small cockroach running over the coffee table in the fancy hotel it was time to leave Layoune. Today I reached the southernmost part of the journey, and it was time to drive north again. Since I had a long day ahead I left early, only to loose 1 hour …

Desert and Ocean

Layoune (Western Sahara), 16.04.2014 A first look out of the window revealed a cloudy sky and bad weather. The breakfast on the terrace of the hotel was decent, but temperatures chilly. Some Belgian and Dutch travellers were checking their 4x4 for the day while loading their micro-dogs and bags into the vehicles. I got some bread …

Back to the Sea

Sidi Ifni (Morocco), 15.04.2014 The day kicked off with a long breakfast in the riad's courtyard and a walk through the souks of Marrakesh in the morning, when the action was still slow and the air fresh. Strolling through the alleys I admired the many wood carved decorations on plenty of buildings. Today exactly one …