Posted by: caryandjohn | December 28, 2013

The Road to Gorges du Dades …

My friend Ryan is threatening to head to Morocco this winter, so it’s back to some more motorcycle photos for now, to keep Ryan stoked for Morocco …

So, our Berber friend, Ali, assured us there was a good road over to the Gorges du Dades … at least, that’s what we thought he was saying …

We’d never have found this road by ourselves, being still afraid of being yelled at or inadvertently trespassing if we headed off the tarmac and into the dirt alleyways of a village … but that’s what we did, nervously, based on Ali’s directions … or actually what we thought were his directions, based on his limited French … I expected we’d be finding a paved road on the other side of the village … ha.

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This truck trundled by as we were stopped just outside the village wondering where Ali’s “good road” was …

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Oh well … off we go …

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The view west back to the village and paved road …

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Cary forges ahead …

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It was beautiful …

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And I’m sure we found it more so because it was so unexpected … we were looking for a paved road!

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We soon came upon this youngster who was happy to get some gum from Cary … he assured us we were heading the right way …

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Cary was soon chasing camels …

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A boy on a bicycle chasing Cary down the hill … we ran into people in the middle of no where, on foot or on donkeys or on bicycles …

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My motorcycle buddies will see that the riding was typical desert fire road … we didn’t have any trouble even though we were afraid we might …

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We popped out here on Rt 704 in a little town not on our maps …

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On this map you can see it was a valley route that dropped into a river bed … Pretty easy because it was fairly level (not steep) …

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Hooray for us! We got a Coke to celebrate at a typical Moroccan store …

This was a short route, but it really helped our confidence … we were pretty prepared for this type of riding from our riding in Baja and Death Valley …

More motorcycles in a bit …

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