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October 24, 2012 / samwilson60

Bumping our way south

It was hard to leave the next day but with so many visas in our pockets it seemed only right to continue south. We got ourselves safely down the mountain to Nekob having only slightly grazed a local Mercedes van (Catherine’s first time in a while behind the wheel), then headed confidently off onto yet another piste, albeit a completely different one to those before. We were into palm trees and sandier climbs but still had some rocks to contend with – more than expected. We ended up being forced onto a new, half sealed road towards Zagora, but hopped off it at the first opportunity for what may possibly rate as the best wild camp ever. Very much on the northern edge of the desert, with only a multitude of flies and a few curious children to contend with, we pitched the tarp in a dry riverbed and settled in for a beautiful sunset and what you could only assume would be an ever more stunning sunrise.

We slept under the tarp for the first time on the trip – Cat’s first time ever – and enjoyed the starriest night yet, waking with sun (and a surprising number of caterpillars). The next day was as unexpected as the last, and even bumpier. Definitely the most extreme driving so far, along the non-tarmac side of the river Draa, but we and the Tinker Beast survived unscathed and plodded on to Ouazarzate, where the promise of beds, cold beer and internet awaited us at Pete’s Bikershome.

An even bumpier ride than it looked, but everyone and everything is still intact!

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  1. Clare / Oct 27 2012 10:32 am

    Hey Catherine and bro! This is the first time Arman and I are reading your blog and it’s great, love the pictures. You are making us jealous and itching for the road.. it’s grey and rainy here but snow’s on its way.. we hope! Miss you and wish you well on your travels missy.

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