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10 Questions: Bike Touring In Southern Morocco

Posted March 31st, 2011

Shoes in MoroccoSouthern Morocco is a great winter cycling destination with its varied landscapes, friendly people and cheap accommodation.

It’s also more accessible than ever. Several ferries run between Europe and Morocco (mostly from the Spanish ports of Tarifa, Algeciras and Malaga) and low-cost airlines also fly to cities such as Marrakech and Casablanca.

Photographer Paul Jeurissen and his wife Grace cycled there in 2009, and hope to return soon. In this edition of 10 Questions, Grace tells about their experience bike touring from Marrakech towards the Sahara desert.

1. What do you love so much about Morocco for bike touring?

It has a beautiful and varied landscape, cheap food, inexpensive hotels, friendly people, and a lot of back roads with very little traffic. Personally I would choose to go back cycling in Morocco above even France. (Or is that heresy to say?)

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Show 31: Tim & Cindie Travis, Peter Gostelow and Winter Biking

Posted January 8th, 2010

NEW Tim and Cindie Travis 500It’s a packed show for Edition 31 of the Travelling Two bike touring podcast.

Peter in TibetTim & Cindie Travis of Down The Road are our guests this week. They share thoughts and stories after nearly 8 years of continuous bike touring and fill us in on their future plans to ride through India.

We also get a quick update from Peter Gostelow on how his bike trip through Africa is going. He’s currently in Morocco and heading for Mauritania.

Finally, we ponder winter biking, including equipment we’re taking on an upcoming trip and some inspiration for biking in cold temperatures from the beautiful Up In Alaska blog.

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And, as a special bonus, check out this video from the Up In Alaska blog.

Alaska Slickrock from Jill Homer on Vimeo.

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Trekking in Morocco

Posted January 2nd, 2010

Chegaga and its magical dunesMost of the time, I am a bicycle person. But every once in a while I like to get off my bike and travel on foot and few of my walking adventures have compared to the 3 trips I’ve taken through the Sahara desert in Morocco.

To experience the solitude of this empty landscape, spending days crossing stony plains and great dunes, is as much a meditative experience as it is a chance to learn about a different culture and landscape.

If you too are tempted by a tour in the Moroccan desert, read my practical guide to trekking in Morocco, written for Transitions Abroad.

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Morocco Radio Show: part II

Posted April 5th, 2007

Wolfgang, Gregor, Friedel & AndrewThe sea around the Tangier coastWe’ve already done one radio show from Morocco but we thought the country was worth a second look. We originally recorded this before boarding the boat for Spain but had some problems uploading it. Our voices sounded like we were on helium and we are still trying to figure out why. For this reason, you’ll see a link below where you can download the show, instead of the usual way we allow you to play the audio directly from our site.

Enough rambling, says Andrew! On with the show…. This time we share our thoughts on the city of Tangier, where many cycle tourists will start or end their journey, as well as a few tips and highlights of our trip. We have an interview with German cyclists Wolfgang and Gregor (see Gregor’s homepage), who we met between Tafraoute and Tiznit, and we review our Thermarest mattresses, along with a beer brewed in Morocco. Phew!! It’s a packed show but we had a lot to say on this wonderful country for cycle tourists. We were sad to leave.

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69km Tangier – Medina Sidonia

Posted March 24th, 2007

We rose before the sun this morning, dragging ourselves out of bed around 5:30am for some last minute preparations before the first ferry to Spain. No matter how much we pack and unpack, we never seem to get any faster at getting our bikes ready for the road after staying in one place for a while. Our belongings explode over the space of a room when we arrive and only reluctantly fit back into their original spots. This time we also had a bag of treasures from Morocco to squeeze in as well. They were all food related. Cycling seems to have brought out a ravenous appetite in both of us. Cookies from a patisserie, olives and dates from the market and a few chocolate bars bought with our last handful of dirhams. Soon we were cruising down the hill to the port. With our passports checked and boarding cards in hand we rolled onto the ferry and waved goodbye to Africa. Arriving shortly afterwards in Tarifa was a breeze. We quickly found our way out of the town, which is filled with surf shops, and starting making our way along the coast to Cadiz. We felt ever so slightly lonely, missing the enthusiastic Moroccan greetings from the side of the road. Before long we strayed onto a cycle path to Cadiz. The city would otherwise be a nightmare to get into because it is surrounded by motorways so the Transandalus trail sounded like a good alternative. Our luck on the track was mixed. Sometimes the surface was quite good and other times we found ourselves wondering how to get across a mucky stretch of water. This usually meant backtracking to the main road for a short detour, before rejoining the piste. The wildlife along the trail was the bonus for our hard work. An elk herd ran in the fields to one side of the road while eagles soared high overhead and occasionally a rabbit hopped in front of us. Late in the afternoon we found some picnic tables so we stopped to read our books and make supper, before setting up our tent in a field near dusk.