Day 22: Morocco offroad, at last!

May 24, 2007 akistemp

It’s been a long day, today, and we had the first off-road experience of our trip. From cold Midelt, we headed towards Er-Rachidia and after 90 kms. We turned right for the first coffee of the day to Rich, a – not so rich – average town of Middle Atlas. There, a local guy, Mohammed, changed our minds: “you have to go around Atlas, not from the main road, and I will come with you”.

We didn’t take him with us but we used his schedule and handmade road book. Actually we headed to Imilchil – 135 km. to southwest where there is a special fiesta on September: berber women go out and choose on the market their future husbands!

Late noon we arrived there and we drove up to the lakes north of the town, at 2.300 mt. altitude. Going back – after a visit to the berber manufacturers of carpets, we drove on gravel on a very rough road till Dades gorge. For 78 km. we needed nearly 4 hours! Vula was afraid for a while when there was no real road at some parts… At the magnificent gorge, where nomads can show you how they cattle, we found a Kasbah style Auberge to overnight. Today it was a great, adventurous day, by all means!_A.Temperidis

 

DAY SUMMARY
Thursday 24/5/2007, 11:45 pm 
Total km: 4.774
Day km: 390
Overnight: Kasbah de Vallee, Dades gorge, Morocco.
Tip of the day: If you don’ have a gift for the children running behind your car, at least slow down and say hello.
Highlight of the day; Vula sewing a carpet with berber ladies in Imilchil.