Italy Morocco Pyrenees
Part 7: Marrakesh
After a wild night with sandstorm a beautiful day starts at Ait Ben Haddou and my almost fully recovered stomach from food poisoning makes me feel so much better. We all got sick but I had the most severe symptoms. This intense reaction of my system resulted in me suffering for the shortest time which to be honest I preferred compared to others who wee still "meh" at their best.
After breakfast we soon jump on our sand covered bikes to make it to Marrakesh. At this point I see Pete struggling to get his short leg over his saddle and his bad stomach didn't help him at all. The last night's cumin flooded dinner didn't either. He ditched it after a spoonful. I wonder how it would have tasted if we haven't ordered something stomach and tongue friendly especially for him beforehand...
We all ride on N9 for a shorter ride compared to the previous longer ones. Here's Pete 'n Kim overtaking a funny truck as I follow them:
After spending several days around the desert we find ourselves climbing up the Atlas mountain in a much different landscape:
A short stop after Aguelmouss is necessary to enjoy the view:
A few km later we reach the highest point at 2260m, at Tichka:
It ιs literally freezing up there, enough to forget that we were under heatwave only a couple of hours ago. Still I want to enjoy the view and the spot but this is not a dead easy thing to do undistracted as the "hello mafriend where ar u from" repeated infinitely by locals trying to sell you stuff doesn't allow much to enjoy. It's a nice ride though impossible to regret. Keep in mind that heavy traffic and terrible tarmac is nothing rare around there.
We soon ride again to continue North going down the mountain: