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After breakfast we leave Ouarzazate for the long drive to the Erg Chebbi dunes. We drive through the Draa valley and then bleak desert landscape before reaching Rissani for our lunchtime treat. We stop at a local oven where we pick up Mohammeds treat for us - a Berber pizza! He takes us to his home where we meet his sister with her young daughter, another younger sister and his dad - what a treat to be invited into our guides home for ...
We had a relaxed morning to enjoy another nice breakfast with our lovely pomegranates, and then off to the airport for our flight of uncertain duration (due to the avoidance of military maneuvers again) to Errichidia, deep in the desert portion of Morocco. Errichidia is less than 300 miles from Fez, but to drive there would require 10 hours on the roads, so we are very thankful for the chartered flight.
Our flight takes 75 minutes, due to the large number of ...
... the 4wd as we raced through the desert and and stopped off at old deserted mining villages. The Moroccan land is rich with metals and is why there have been many disputes between neighbouring countries (mainly Algeria) in regards to where the border lies. But once again Mustapha explains with great pride that Morocco will always win, not because they have a big strong army but because they have a clever King.
We are then back off to racing through the ...
... and another older Berber man with his two-string guitar for singing. AT Hassan's demand I was expected to teach them an Australian song or two, so fortunately I had both the guitar chords and the words for Waltzing Matilda and Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport!!! They loved the 'kangaroo' song, and found Matilda incomprehensible, but duly learned both and sang with gusto and much laughter. Very ...
... checkpoint… and on into the open countryside. Ah, it feels good to be able to wander freely somewhere where I’m neither hassled, threatened, or looked at suspiciously.
To my left is a road that takes a huge loop around the Rissani oasis, probably with a lot of mud castle villages to explore along the way. Maybe I’ll do that later—for now I need to focus on reaching Arfoud. But when I spot ...