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E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553822

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I'm heading back again on my annual ride out to Morocco 'provisionally' from 0700hrs 20.10.17 until 03.11.17 or there after.

These dates facilitate friends but my friends are open to making a rendezvous if we leave earlier. I can overshoot the return dates which means a more sedate return through Maroc and Europe.

(I'm retired and I can be flexible with dates)


Rough general routes to give a taste of as much of the variation Maroc has to offer,to be decided at a later date.



EDC?

Short for 'Équipe des Chèvres'..... (Team of Goats) Not because we ride daring high trails on cliff faces where only goats dare to tread.......but because of the way we behave....yes,we really are that stupid,following each other blindly.



If anyone is interested in joining me they're more than welcome.



If anyone is interested in arriving at my house in southern France to stay just before the dates they're welcome. Look for a village called Asson with a postcode of 64800.



I've been to Maroc frequently and know how it and the locals work... I speak French and can assist with any problems that might arise eg customs.





We will be riding easy trails and might be throwing in some wild camping here and there on spec. I'll explain below in a lengthy manner.....


Normally we check into accommodation as it's so cheap to include an evening meal as well as breakfast. If you read through my last ride report (link at the bottom of the page) it will show up typical prices.


On one of my trips I went with camping kit and didn't use it,because,as I say the accommodation was so cheap. Better looking at it than for it.

The reason to have the capability to have basic camping which is of your own choice is that it covers the following scenario if it should arise.

In the past with a group if there are any delays due to e.g. mechanical failure or a puncture along with darkness approaching then one can at least bed down for the night without getting stressed as where one will be sleeping that night.


If we think we have to be at a particular town for a certain time and there is indeed a goofy problem or three or four,then this stress and need to be somewhere evolves into your holiday not being as good as it should be.


Herein lies the secret of just knowing where you'll be going but not with in a time constraint. My ride out includes rest days so any thing that needs repairing of a more serious nature.....the rest days are juggled and moved to accommodate.


When on the beaten track this is never usually a problem as we'll ride to a town and find somewhere. Off the beaten track with darkness approaching in an hour with no chance of coming across a town until a good few hours later quickly aggravates people. An hour or so before sundown lets us get sorted,eat calmly and sort any problem out tomorrow.


It may sound like overkill or needless to bring kit and never use it but to illustrate a point on a previous ride out the group were all remote trail riding heading for a town about an hour and a half away to stay in at the end of the days ride.

Of course,as usual,at the end of the day we had a puncture. The time lost to repair same meant we were never going to arrive at the town so we simply found a place to camp...made dinner..had a chat...watched the sun go down and effected repairs the next morning before continuing to enjoy the trails....Zero stress.


Without the facility to camp stress levels would have risen without a doubt...to sleep in moto kit on the ground....nothing much to eat...nothing to assist if you needed to go to the toilet...etc etc

A bigger group means more potential for goofy problems....Imagine two thorn punctures...or three throughout the day.Imagine time lost. Imagine the stress compounded? This is why you know where you're going but don't know exactly when you have to be there. That buffer zone of rest days allows you to enjoy your holiday and deal with stuff as and if it arises.


All this to say,Maroc will find weaknesses in your moto with no doubt and to allow for that needs to be factored in. From a broken lever to things vibrating off...all things that require time to fettle on the day.



It's all a bit like going out for a hill walk with a day sac with basic food,bivvy bag,water and a first aid kit...you'll put the day sack back in the boot at the car park upon returning and drive on home. If you twist your ankle though you have all that you need otherwise.


Not only should each rider be autonomous in the way of having the ability to camp if days are extended but also have the ability to effect running repairs on their own moto and cater for same in the way of spares etc.....such things as changing out clutch cables,gear levers etc to knowing how to repair a puncture.



There 'may' also be an option to roughly parallel any off road trails with road riding to arrive at the same place usually on the same day or the day thereafter.

If any break downs occur I have a contact who will transport the motos to where ever at your own cost.


I'll try to keep you right so you pay what you should be paying as best I can, rather than getting fleeced






Essential qualities required:sense of humour and also....


The ability to ......work together when..ahem...I mean,if,it all goes wrong.

The ability to ......work together,solely for the purpose to point and laugh at those others in the group that do stupid things.(I'm an expert at getting pointed at)

The ability to ......wing it.






If you're a grumpy old codger and you're content to live with your Adventure bike within the confines of your European little princess,Starbucks,matching teletubbie-motorcycle suit,comfort zone....then this trip is not for you.









The only policy really,is 'Frank and friendly'.....keep it like that and every one gets along just fine...(but this doesn't exonerate you getting ridiculed and pointed at!)







If anyone is interested and have any questions by all means ping a response....the best bit though is....a free guided on/off road ride in Maroc.

To find more information as to what's what read through this whole thread if you can be bothered.



PS;I mean questions about a ride out to Maroc...


PPS; This will give you an idea as to whats involved.

www.adventurebikerider.com/forum/25-ride...roc-ride-report.html




As new information or ideas arrive I will edit this page so as nothing gets lost within the confines of the whole thread.
















Goats and prospective goats so far,with current motos,subject to change;

1. Christophe; XT660Z Ténéré
2. Julien; Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré
3. Pascal; Honda 750 Africa Twin
4. Nick; KTM690
5. William; Yamaha Ténéré 1200
6. Rob; Suzuki DR650SE
7. Keith; Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré
8. Peter; BMW1150
9. Mick; BMW1200RT
10. Mick; Yamaha WRF450
11. Simon; BMW 650 X-Country
12. Bob; CCM450 GP
13. Sean; CCM450 GP
14. John; Honda CRF250
15. Jayne; Honda CRF250
16. Alan; TBA
17. Mike; TBA
18. Steve; Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré
19. Rod; TBA
20. Mrs. Rod TBA
21. George; Honda 750 Africa Twin
22. Pete; Triumph Tiger
23. Mick; Triumph 1200
24. Justin; KTM 990 Adv R
25. Dayne; KTM 990 Adv
26. Les; Yamaha XT660Z





Rough route to wing it so far,which of course is subject to change,for whatever reason. There's an option for me to overshoot the return dates if any one wishes to as well.

Anyhoooo....a day extra to traverse Spain is a day wasted not being in Maroc...so....fill in and print this out come the time and go.


www.douane.gov.ma/web/guest/d16ter/#http...ma/d16ter/formAT.jsf










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DAY 1

Friday 20.10.17

Depart my house (or wherever you're staying before)at Asson FR to either Caceres or Manzanares Spain.

DAY 2

Saturday 21.10.17

Spain to Algeciras Port to Asilah Maroc. (Rendezvous here from whence you came and buy a one way ticket at the main terminal)

DAY 3

Sunday 22.10.17

Asilah to Midelt

DAY 4

Monday 23.10.17

Midelt to Merzouga Erg Chebbi.

DAY 5

Tuesday 24.10.17

Merzouga Rest Day/Play Day to include briefing on how to fall off without thinking.


DAY 6

Wednesday 25.10.17

Merzouga to desert wild camp by piste (area of Auberge Dinosaur)

DAY 7

Thursday 26.10.17

Desert wild camp (riding south west) by piste to Tagounite to M'hamid.

DAY 8

Friday 27.10.17

M'hamid to Tagounite by piste to Zagora.

DAY 9

Saturday 28.10.17

Rest Day/Play day Zagora.

DAY 10

Sunday 29.10.17

Zagora by piste to Tansikht (Route National N9/R108 junction) to Ouarzazate by tarmac.

DAY 11

Monday 30.10.17

Ouarzazate to Marrakech via summit of Tiz-n-Tichka (weather permitting ref. snow)


DAY 12

Tuesday 31.10.17

Rest Day Marrakech

DAY 13

Wednesday 01.11.17

Marrakech to Asilah by autoroute

DAY 14

Thursday 02.11.17

Asilah to somewhere in Spain

DAY 15

Friday 03.11.17

Spain to France

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If you do not have breakdown cover for Maroc and when south of Zagora/Merzouga region, the price for a local 4x4 pick-up to come and get you and take you to Zagora to effect any major repairs will be €200.

If terminal and you need to be taken to Tanger Med to push your bike onto the ferry it will be €400.

If this is not to your liking than you can organise with other locals to see if you can better the price. There's nothing to stop you using one price against another to barter. It's your call.


Any breakdown on tarmac.....we can hunt out a local and negotiate a price for whatever destination.


If you budget for this at least you'll have an idea.















This link will give a concise overview to Maroc for info.

looklex.com/morocco/index.htm


Via Michelin will work for distances and times and you can change to sat' map view

www.viamichelin.fr/


Garmin maps for here are abysmal.This link will give Open Street Maps which will show piste. If you use your GPS route planner and mark points on trails it will route the very same. Even if you put in a desert town to another it will route via trail to get there. Dead handy.

alternativaslibres.org/en/downloads.php


Any road riders can be given a place to rendezvous where we should be in the form of hotel GPS co-ordinates/names. The route is planned to allow for this when at all possible.


As stated if any one wants to return a few days later via the likes of Chefchaouen I can accommodate with some cracking scenic road routes north east of Moulay Idriss.


If any friends or group want to head off to do their own thing we can bunny hop each other as we see fit....there's never a problem with that.

Christophe,my French buddy,has been before so we can blame him if anything goes wrong.












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Handy Tips for what to bring or do...some obvious,that you no doubt do already and some not so.


1. Lip balm as the air is bone dry and there's a chance you'll get chapped lips whilst riding.

2. A neck buff will keep your neck from getting sun burnt as the sun lies very low on the horizon in the afternoon.

3. Small bottle of pocket gel hand cleaner,if you so desire..the dirtiest thing you'll touch,as in Europe,is paper money.

4. Upset stomach medication.

5. Don't

6. Inform your bank your card will be flagging up in Maroc....it's been known for banks to stop cards after a few days in,as it's out of the ordinary withdrawals.

7. Allow for space to stash any winter kit that has been worn en route through Europe. I have vented riding kit which stays open for the duration once over the Atlas;I don't know why I had to mention that.

8. A 'camel bak' type hydration bag is essential. Decathlon ones are cheap and work.

9. Yelling,screaming and shouting for help will be viewed as attention seeking and will be mostly ignored.

10.Summer gloves or MX gloves along with cotton socks for boots if you so desire.

11. Sun cream

12. Sunglasses

13. Basic first aid kit

14. Optional small spray insect repellent...every now and then,depending on where we stop,there'll be some flies as it's date harvest time,that's as in fruit...they don't harvest calendars off trees.

15. Spare set of moto keys,preferably permanently on a lanyard around your neck.

16. Surge protected chargers as there can be goofy power supply,especially that coming from generators. There's plentiful WiFi for the likes of skype/viber etc.

17. Easy access to change for toll booths and speeding fines

18. Easy access to head torch.

19. Don't

20. Make-up wipes....these will remove grease whereas baby wipes don't and come in a smaller packet for storage...they also work the same as baby wipes ref upset stomach.


21. Learn how to pick up your moto...........there's more chance of having a snatch-stall in a car park than anything else. Of course no one will laugh......much.

22. Pack as light as possible....see point 20.....for more information,re-read point 21.

23. Printing off the customs forms (given in the link previously) before you leave means you don't have to stand and fill them in on the day. They'll ping a code with their scanner and send you on your way.

24.


If you cannot read please learn to read before reading or re-reading all of the above.








Any questions just ask.


Will It Buff Out?








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Me: Honesty.
The Suit: Honesty? I don't think honesty could be construed as a weakness.
Me: I don't give a f**k what you think.



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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553829

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Morning Wibo, please put me down as a prospective victim for your dangerous adventure , ps, I'm a miserable tw-t , does that help ?
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553830

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That is a cracking offer, Santa has come early for someone !
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553832

please put my name down sounds great . what size bikes are you thinking of taking ?I will run a van down to the south of france will have some space for a few bikes . sort the details next year
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553836

I would love to ride in Morocco but would need to ride the paved roads (RT1200) but happy to meet up at the venue each night if that works

Mick
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553837

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Hi Keith, if whippet's going you better add my name to the list as well.

Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553841

Hi Keith,

Can you add my name as well if I ever manage to pull my finger out and get a suitable bike!!!

Think positive, I will get a suitable bike.

Cheers
Alan
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553842

Hi Keith,

Please put my name down also.
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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553872

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Whippet wrote:
Morning Wibo, please put me down as a prospective victim for your dangerous adventure , ps, I'm a miserable tw-t , does that help ?




Eve'nin Whippet...

This type of miserable?







or this type?











Either way....you'll fit right in...






.
Will It Buff Out?








www.edcontour.com


The Suit:What would you consider to be your greatest weakness?
Me: Honesty.
The Suit: Honesty? I don't think honesty could be construed as a weakness.
Me: I don't give a f**k what you think.



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Re: E.D.C Morocco 2017 On/Off road free guided open invite. 3 months, 1 week ago #553876

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halfpint wrote:
please put my name down sounds great . what size bikes are you thinking of taking ?I will run a van down to the south of france will have some space for a few bikes . sort the details next year



I know a lot can change between now and a year...but if you have a peep at the ride report you'll see what bikes went before...it's your call..

That's a good offer to divide out fuel and ferry costs by bringing someone else in a van.


It'll slot into place as the year progresses.





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Will It Buff Out?








www.edcontour.com


The Suit:What would you consider to be your greatest weakness?
Me: Honesty.
The Suit: Honesty? I don't think honesty could be construed as a weakness.
Me: I don't give a f**k what you think.



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