Day 18 I’m a celebrity get me outta here
Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
30Trip End Apr 10, 2012
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Where I stayed
Laranche – Ceuta, Algerciras – Malaga 185 miles
Ceuta was reached via a surprisingly tough mountain road, and I braced myself for the anticipated onslaught of hassle. At the entrance there were about 20 or so touts jumping out insisting I had to enlist their services to fill in immigration, so this time I simply accelerated at them, rather than politely refusing like before. This worked a treat and gained the admiration of the older touts higher up the evolutionary scale who have places near the actual booths. I happily paid one of these to fill in my forms and the actual customs officer was very polite and helpful, and did not simply throw my papers on the floor like the arrival at Nador.
Spanish customs were as efficient as ever, and after a 10 minute drive to the port the first ticket booth arranged a £48 motorcycle (not car rates this time) ticket for the FRS ferry leaving in 5 mins. The 40 min journey was absolute luxury – why on earth did I take notice of all that advice to go to Nador in the first place!
I am amazed how clean the world looks now –I don’t miss the dead dogs, donkeys and camels fragrantly laying by the roadside, the fields of plastic litter, the children throwing stones as I pass..
Glad I’ve been there, but wouldn’t go back alone. I can see why many guys just fly in as a group and rent bikes & support. Morocco just picks away at your confidence when you’re tired and travelling alone- it did for me anyway.
So, after losing 2 hours in the time difference I could only make it as far as just past Malaga today, and need to now carefully plan a route back via a Ural dealer to get some spares if I can.
I think I’m in Richon de Victoria, a friendly and spotless little resort town midway between Malaga and Almeria. More armchair than adventure, but my shoulders tell me I’ve ridden a long way in the last couple of days..