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Salemaleikum - Morocco - it´s over...

Sunday, March 27, 2011 | Jens Ruprecht | Africa

Hello Bikers out there - we are going to Morocco!

We just arrived by plane today to Malaga Southern Spain, the weather is beautiful, blue sky and around 20 degrees - what else do we need?

After a first nice dinner in our Hotel direct at the beach of Malaga we are thinking about tomorrow. First we will ride down to Gibraltar - then we jump on a ferry to Africa - just follow us...

Day 1

Malaga - Gibraltar - Ceuta

First day on the road... We left around 9:oo in the morning down to Gibraltar. After a nice ride along the coast we reached the maybe most famous rock of Europe. A quick cable car ride up to the top you have a beautiful view over the strait of Gibraltar. Be careful with the monkeys...

and then back around the bay to Algeciras to take the Fast Ferry to Africa!

Werner and Rose from Germany

Leaving Europe through the "Strait of Gibraltar"

New friends - Robert and Rainer

and finally in Africa! Ceuta is still a spanish city on the African continent.

Day 2

This morning we woke up with beautiful sunshine! We filled the bikes and about 5 minutes later we got to the "famous" border to Morocco...

The good thing - there were nearly no people! And it took us (14 people, 10 vehicles) only about 30 minutes - pretty good, or?

Just outside the border...yippie!

Down to Mdiq - along the nice coastline - the Moroccans are cleaning up for the summer tourists. Actually it looks a lot nicer than in Spain, really!

coffee at the beach...

You can see them everywhere...

Good lunch on the side of the road

Lothar likes it!

In the early afternoon we filled the bikes again, before we got to Chefchaouen, a beautiful village in the Rif-mountains.

finally walking around in the old town of Chefchouen

Times changes...

One of the mosques - let´s wait for the Muezzin... Allah oh Akbar!

Day 3 - Ride to Rabat

After a wonderful Dinner in the Casa Hassan Restaurant, we slept really good. We left the Rif mountains, olive trees everywhere - the oil mills are still running we found our way to Ouezzane and later on to Moulay Bousselham at the Atlantic Ocean. Good lunch out there on a beatiful beach, always around 20-25 degrees...

leaving Chefchaouen

in Ouezzane


Beach of Moulay Bousselham

brave guys!

Of course - lunchtime...

In the afternoon we jumped on the motorway down to the Capital - Rabat

Just a short walk from our Hotel - Mausoleum Hassan II.

The Hassan tower - the idea was to build the biggest mosque - a long time ago... They never finished it.

Day 4

Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakesh

This morning we left really early, 8´o clock, because we wanted to visit the huge mosque of Hassan II. in Casablanca - incredible!

The tower is about 200 m (600 feet) tall, in the mosque around 20 000 to 25 000 people can pray at the same time... what do you think...

and in the afternoon we rode down to Marrakesh, maybe the most famous city of this beatiful country. At the coast the temperature was always around 20 - 25 degrees and really comfortable, but once on the road we reached 35 degrees!!! Here in Marrakesh it is really hot, but thanks god we got cold beer and a swimming pool!

Day 5  -Marrakesh, what a city!

So, today we left the bikes in the parking and together with our Guide Ahmed we walked around the old town of Marrakesh. It was very interesting to listen to the stories of a local guide. We learned a lot about Morrocan history and life - especially in the Bahia Palace.

school class in Bahia Palace

listening to Ahmed

somewhere in the Souks(markets)

Paul our baker - really impressed!

having mint tea in a local carpet store...

local bikers - look at the little kid sitting on the front of the Moped...

But the best of Marrakesh is the world famous square - Djam el Fnaa

Dinner time!

hundreds of little food stands all over - but for sure we picked the best one...

Number 65

So guys - enough for today - tomorrow riding into the Atlas Mountains - we will see!

Day 6

We had a lot of fun the last days, but very poor Internet, sorry...

The ride over the Atlas Mountains is really a great experience. Beautiful scenery, good roads and nice weather - just perfect!

Lunch in a Berber tent at Telouet

Tea time

Great scenery everywhere

Day 7

Wake up everybody - let´s visit the Atlas Film Studios

Walk like an Egyptian... in front of "Abu Simbel"

And then a nice ride into the Dades Canyon, have a look:

Great Picknick from Vivien and Ursula in front of the "Atlas brain"

and finally the nicest switchbacks of Morocco before reaching our beautiful hotel in Boumalne - Xaluca Dades!

Day 8 Ride into the Todra Canyon and then to Erfoud

After a quiet night in our beautiful hotel we rode to Tinerhir and then into the Todra Gorge, late on to Erfoud, the last outpost before the desert...

Some Moroccan friends:

Later on the way to Erfoud we got a little sandstorm...

A last stop at some Berber tents... and we are there - Erfoud!

Day 9 - Restday in the desert

Today is a special day - we are going to the highest sand dunes of Morocco and today is Lothars birthday - Congratulations!

On the way to the dunes...

Here at the Camel rental station...

Having fun in the desert!

Day 10 - across the Atlas to Fes !

We have to leave early in the morning, already at 8´o clock... because today is a long ride - more than 400km.

We follow the Ziz river to the north, then we ride up into the Atlas mountains again. In Midelt we have to refill the bikes, a little further we stop for lunch.

Paul and Vivien

you have to start early...

lamb chops - fresh!

and then we continue through wonderful cedar tree forests. And look what we found:

Then to Ifrane and finally to Fes. Here a view of the Medina of Fes - incredible!

Day 11

Today is our rest day in Fes, that means a walking tour through the old town... it is really unbelievable to orientate in this chaos... thanks god we have our guide!

Day 12 Fes - Volubilis - Chefchaouen

Yesterday was great - We had a nice walk through the Medina(od town) of Fes which is really unique, we think worldwide!

We saw a lot of interesting things, of course the famous Souk with its tannery, a school of Koran, the first university of the world "Al Karaouine" and a lot more.

Today we are leaving Fes to explore the old roman ruins of "Volubilis" and then we continue to the "wellknown" Chefchaouen. It is like coming home...

just half an hour from Fes, beautiful scenery

local fisherman

some last souvenirs???

close to Mulay Idriss

great ruins at Volubilis!

and then back to Chefchaouen...

Day 13

Is it really the last day- Why???

Another easy ride back to the spanish border of Ceuta, some paperwork and we are back in Spain(but still in Africa). We had to wait for the ferry, but some policemen recommended us great Tapas bar, direct at the beach of Ceuta.

he wants to be a biker...

at the border - we made it back!

everybody got through the paperwork...finally...

at the Tapas bar

Rose - enjoying the sun

Paul and Vivien

Rainer, Suse, Erich and Lothar

So what? That´s it! No more things to say...

Only that Morocco is a wonderful country full of secrets... And the best way to discover those  - is to be on a motorcycle!

I think this little guy is the symbol of this tour - Rob`s camel!

Thank you very much for a great trip guys - it was like beeing with friends on the road!

Jens Ruprecht/ Tourguide


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Dave Whitemann
Friday, December 30, 2011 at 05:56

Awesome photos of Morocco and Africa.
Just thohgt I would say hello to you and your wife.
Merry Christmas! (2011)
Ursula Peter
Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 08:21

Hi everyone,
have you all seen the perfect pictures of our professional photographer?? Rob thanks a lot. I went through the pics with my familiy yesterday evening - we had a lot to talk and a good laugh.
The pics are awesome. The one of the group of old men hanging round in Chefchaouen I liked most and of course the one of Tippy.
Have a nice sunday and keep in touch
Julie and Claudio
Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 00:15

Hi Everyone,
Back home and traveling again. But now, unfortunately, it was to work. Only today we are returning.
We would like to thank everyone, especially Ursula and Jens, the excellent time we spent together. It was a wonderful trip, especially for the attention of our tourguides.
This is something that makes us think that it worth the sacrifice to work so hard.
We are waiting to my son to teach us how to put the photos on Internet. Then we'll advise you.
We hope to find all of you in an upcoming ride.
Julie and Claudio
Paul&Vivien Newrick
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 15:29

Rob, we have a couple of photos for you - is the email address you gave correct as our email keeps bouncing back from it. So please send us an email and we will reply.
Vivien and Paul
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 05:35

Hi Paul and Vivien
My email is: golfzulu@telus.net
Hope it works, sure would like to see the photos. I am still in the process of getting mine up on the web. Should be this coming W/E.
Paul, I have misplaced the name of that motorcycle web site that you had told me about. Would you mind sending it to me. Thanks Rob
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 20:25

Wir wünschen allen Marocco-Bikerfreunden frohe Ostertage.
Es war eine erlebnisreiche Tour und wir haben neue Bikerfreunde kennengelernt.
Liebe Grüsse auch an unsere Guids Ursula und Jens - Ihr ward Super !!!
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 19:47

Hello friends,
back home - and I do not longer need a "nurse". Remember all these nice days and enjoy the pictures of our trip. Thank you, Ursula and Jens, for coaching and all the help I got. If the one or other of the tour members is interested in biking at Nordhessen, I have always a bed and a shower for you.
Rob, special greetings to Tippy!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 21:48

Hi all of you,
hope you are back home well. Jensi thank you for the lot of work and the long nights you kept me awake with - but finally I think it was worth it.
A great trip, nice ride, good talks - all in all a memorable time.
Maybe we`ll see each other again.
A big hug for Tippy!
Take care
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 05:35

Hi Everyone!
Well I finally made it back to Vancouver. It is rainy and cool with some sun. Sure not like the great weather we had. I am experiencing some jet lag and recovery from our fantastic trip. Just catching up on a lot of missed rest. In the next few days I hope to put some of our pictures up on the web.
What a wonderful experience we had with our leaders Ursula and Jens.
Jens, your blog was very popular with my friends and family. Angela especially appreciated knowing that we were all well and having a good time.
I will keep in touch. I wish you all the best. Cheers from Rob and Tippy!
Paul&Vivien Newrick
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 20:55

Thanks Jens and Ursula and our fellow travellers for a memorable holiday and travel experience and great companionship.
Bikers really are a special multinational lot, not forgetting Trippy the camel!
Paul and Vivien
Brenda Lay
Friday, April 8, 2011 at 03:11

Hi Rob
Looks like a fabulous trip. Amazing. Look forward to hearing all about it.
Geoff and Bren
Ursula Peter
Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 20:54

Dies ist ein Kommentar an die pfiffige Sonja, die ihrem Ôpa u ihrer Oma geschrieben hat!
Ich bin die Ursula _ eine von den Tourguides. Dein Opa und Deine Oma sind echt cool. Sie sind beide Kamel geritten in der Wueste, was ganz schoen mutig war. Ich soll Dir schoene Gruesse sagen, sie haben sich riesig gefreut ueber Deinen Kommentar. Wir sind in Fes - kannst ja mal im Atlas schauen wo das ist - und hatten heute eine Stadtfuehrung. Dein Opa ist uebrigens ein ziemlich guter Motorradfahrer.
Wenn Deine Mama mal wieder weg ist, kannst Du uns ja nochmal schreiben. Machs gut und bis bald
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 19:49

Leute, das sieht ja Klasse aus. Ich wünsch Euch weiterhin viel Spass. Wir wollen nächstes Jahr auf die Tour
Grüsse Mathilde und Heinz aus Rosenheim
Manfred u. Dagmar Soff
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 18:37

Hallo Jens,
richte liebe Grüße an Werner und Rose aus. Wir waren mit ihnen auf einer Südafrika-Tour unterwegs. Respekt, daß sie noch in ihrem Alter immer noch unterwegs sind. Allzeit gute Fahrt und viel Freude auf der Tour. Herzliche Grüße aus Karben
Dagmar & Manfred
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 11:30

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday lieber Lothar, happy birthday to youuuuuuuu!
Leider gibts kein wirkliches Ständchen, dafür müsstest du mal dein Telefon abnehmen! Aber vielleicht klappts ja heute abend mal. Hoffe, es geht dir gut da unten und es macht soviel Spaß wie die Fotos vermuten lassen.
Wünsche dir eine tolle Zeit und viel Freude beim Fahren und Entdecken. Und natürlich auch sonst alles Gute, Gesundheit, Glück und was du dir sonst noch so wünschst.
Bin gespannt auf deinen Bericht, spätestens Ostern haben wir ja ne Menge Zeit zum Quatschen
Alles Liebe,
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 04:04

Hi Rob... alias "abu dabie robbie". Hope the newer duds are working out. Heard you were finally able to shed the unders. Love the exotic look of the markets and the wonderful colorful clothes. The biking must be amazing thru the winding roads. Jon wants you to be sure and get some pics of yourself on your bucket list tour. All is well here. We put away the skiis and are bringing out the bikes. jon and arlene
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 04:01

Robbie - Keith here. How's your ass cheeks holding up? What about the back?
Monday, April 4, 2011 at 19:41

Hallo Oma und Opa wie geht es euch ? Wie sieht es in der Sahara aus? Könnt ihr mir ein bischen Sand mitbringen? Bei uns hat es Heute geregnet.Ich hoffe es ist ein schöner Urlaub für euch! Ich habe heute Neue Schuhe bekommen.Ich feue mich schon auf euch!
Viele Grüße eure Sonja
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 14:52

** Happy Mothers Day! ** the markets and food look AMAZING, soo gorgeous! The big square and the food stalls in Marrakesh look brilliant. Argh, wish i was there! looks like such a colourful, exotic place. Forget the bikes and vans, do it on foot, looks fab! its very cool to spot my parents! xxxX
Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 21:53

Hi Robbie - hello from all of us. This looks amazing what a great experience for you! Sorry about the cold Keith won the Canucks pool and they won the presidents trophy thanks to the Sedin sisters. Just to give you a heads up you will have 2 weeks worth of dishes waiting for you when you get home!
Love from everyone here xoxo
Friday, April 1, 2011 at 23:01

High, ihr Mopedler!!! Ihr lasst es euch anscheindend richtig gut gehen. Recht so, geniesst es! Es sieht doch etwas anders aus, im Gegensatz zum Süden, oder? Aber das leckere Picknick ist auch wieder dabei ... Und so ein Tässchen Kaff´ oder ein Glächen Tee in der Sonne ... hmmm - Neid! Wir wünschen euch noch viele (gute) Abenteuer, schnittige Kurven, many ups and downs (topographisch gesehen), und abends eine erfrischende Dusche und ein kühles Bierchen! Wir freuen uns auf weitere Fotos und eueren Reisebericht. Übrigens - ihr könnt noch ein Weilchen bleiben, schaut mal auf den (islamischen) Kalender = 1433 (?). Wir wünschen euch 1000 und 1 gute Nacht!
Faith Newrick
Friday, April 1, 2011 at 14:34

WOW! Keep putting up the pictures, am loving them! it all looks a million miles away from everything here at home, and incredible. Food looks really lovely! Keep enjoying! LOVE spotting my parents being captured in pics!!!! xxxx
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 09:05

Keep posting stuff like that. I have been on this tour last year and would love to do it again. Have fun!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 01:47

Hello Eidelweiss, wow the tour looks so beautiful so far. i hope my mum and dad have a truly wonderful trip, im sure they will, judging by the great photos already up only one or two days in! xxxx


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