Trip Start Jan 28, 2011
15Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Tarfaya is located in the border area between Morocco proper and West Sahara, and therefore also marks the beginning of civilization, that had been largely absent since we drove into Mauritania. The roads improved, the buildings were bigger and more well maintained and traffic become more than intermittent.
We took a slow half day, to rest up after the long stint up from central Mauritania. After a brief visit to a stranded ferry just a few minutes away, we sat down and talked, and soon started drawing up plans for our continued trip. Very soon Mark and Steve, as our English friends were called, suggested joining them for a drive into the country to explore smaller roads. Given the tense situation in the entire Arab world at that point, it felt like the prudent thing to do, to avoid the cities as much as possible, in case the demonstrations the coming days would turn south.