Italy Morocco Pyrenees
Part 4: Merzouga
Right in the middle of May I find myself having my breakfast by the pool at a hotel in Errachidia:
Not a bad scene at all. However, Alan from the group can't enjoy it as his stomach became one more in the statistics of Morocco visitors: 40% of them face such issues. We start questioning our plans till he insists that he is OK(ish) to ride and follow us. By looking at him I wasn't exactly convinced but hoping he really is I start packing. Downstairs at the reception I find John looking at some stickers a guy from the hotel was (pretending to be) offering so I stop by to have a look. When he finishes picking the guy asks him something like the price of an overnight for only a few stamp sized stickers. That cracks me up. Guy then tells us "OK OK give as much as you want" so John turns at me "how much should I give him?". Proposing a tiny fraction of what he asked initially I leave the transaction to deal with something more pleasant: loading my bike. Then I adjust John's rear suspension as it's bottoming out on every single bump with all his and his wive's load. He is super happy with the result and...of we go.
Curious how the route going South on the N13 looks like? Have a look:
We soon arrive at a view point offering us a great chance to see the largest oasis around, kindly offered by the river Oued Ziz:
No image can tell the whole story - the vegetation there is absolutely insane. It really looks impossible to walk. Feels like the soil is so rich that in the first chance of water it goes full green. I find myself stuck watching this for... don't know how long till Pete asks me if I'm OK. I respond: "I'm fine - it's just so therapeutic to watch this that I can't take my eyes off. We had to move on though so I take one last picture of my iron horse under the extreme penetrating sunlight...
...and off we go. As we are about to leave the N13 and turn left for Merzouga I stop to take a couple of pictures. Riding in the dirt with the Sahara sand dunes in the background was impossible to miss:
The first houses of Merzouga are soon in sight: