Italy Morocco Pyrenees
Part 3: Errachidia
We leave Fes behind and here we are riding on R503 heading to Midelt:
The route is pleasantly fast and gives us a chance to picture this bare landscape in the middle of nowhere:
At Thichoukt we stop for a much needed orange juice:
Oranges are a thing in Morocco. Insects too, so I take a chance to picture the ones that unintentionally landed on John's oil cooler:
Close to Ait Karmosse, I make one more stop to picture the area:
On these open and mostly straight roads I am effortlessly speeding around or way into 3 digit km/h when suddenly I see gravel ahead. I think to myself "Oh well...not the first time..." so I keep my pace but when my front tire steps on it I realised it's a fresh deep layer of 3A gravel, the stuff used when they prepare the road for tarmac. It really feels hungry enough to swallow me and my bike. The front end starts shaking like crazy as I am on street tires, full of luggage and 20 lt of fuel with VERY strong wind coming from my right. Fortunately I manage to pull over without further drama and jump off the bike fast enough to warn the rest of the guys (I was leading at this point).