Italy Morocco Pyrenees
Part 1: From Greece to Morocco
What's the least expected way to trigger a motorcycle trip from Europe to Africa? Might be this one:
I send an email to friends of mine from Australia in order to share with them my (back then) newborn site. They reply like: "you know what? We'll do Morocco and then Pyrenees starting from Italy on our bikes with a bunch of friends. You can join us at any part or for the whole trip." You bet my answer...
Early May, in classic perfect Greek weather I load my bike for one of my longest trips which would bring me for the first time in Africa.
Once again, the usual ritual for me to make it West: Ride those 250+km to Patra's port and then take the ferry to Ancona Italy. An awful sleep on the deck follows but fortunately not much distance to cover the next day till my first meeting point with some of the guys of the group at the village of Preggio close to Perugia. It's a 150km route that I've done in the past except the last 30 km after Gubbio, full of superb twisties on terrible tarmac conditions though - potholes and bits of gravel all the way.
The village of Preggio is such a beauty. I arrive at the center and rush to take a picture of those lovely old buildings,
and the wonderful view:
Shortly after Kim, one of the ladies of the group welcomes me with the warmest smile possible and introduces me to the house where we would overnight with her husband plus one more friend. I never met the owner of the house (friend of the guys) but I really appreciate his hospitality plus the view of his balcony:
In the evening we all go to the local restaurant for dinner where I am lucky enough to try Italian cuisine at its best in this lovely old cutie:
Don't miss it if you're around!
Next morning, after a breakfast at that lovely balcony we leave this sweet place to ride up to Livorno where the ferry is waiting us for a 60 (!) hours trip up to Tangier Morocco. My first time in Africa required my longest ferry trip too. Weather flirts with perfection and 4 of us on 3 bikes set for that long adventure.
The first km are very beautiful on winding roads in this marvellous area full of chestnut trees. We pass Lago di Trasimeno, later make a short stop at hot Siena to have a bite on something and then a longer stop to visit the town of Voltera. Classic medieval town on the top of a hill and a good chance for some walk and cheese tasting.
Nothing that interesting on the rest of the route except lots of traffic (as usual) on the S1. We had a nice 'n cheap dinner at Livorno:
...while we watched that seagull queuing for some “FRUTTI di MARE” 🙂: