we left fes on sat 14th dec to head for ...
Trip Start Oct 01, 2002
158Trip End Aug 08, 2005
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We left Fes on Sat 14th Dec to head for the desert in Merzouga. We slept rough in tents in the middle of nowhere on the way. It really was freezing and the wind howled. It was so remote and the landscape was quite barren. We cooked for twelve and it was okay but not the most successful. We then could do nothing but huddle around a fire trying to escape the harsh wind. It was nice, the fir cones were glowing in the embers and as long as you remained glued to your seat at the fireside you didn't freeze to death.
We arrived in Merzouga late on Sunday evening, crossing sand to get there. On the way, two Berber children ran after the truck for such a long way. They lived in a traditional tent on the edge of the sand desert far from anywhere and they wanted to sell us their handmade head adornments. We caught our first glimpse of the sand dunes in the distance, glowing pink in the setting sun
On Wednesday 18th we headed to Todra gorge where we stayed for two nights
On Friday we headed towards the Draa valley but didn't get there as it was further than estimated, so we stayed in a small town called Agdz at the start of the valley. At the campsite we slept with 4 others in a Berber tent and again they sang, played the drums and generally entertained us around the campfire. The toilets were mud huts and the local people were really friendly. We set off on Saturday, making our way north again towards Marrakesh. Sian was navigating and she picked a good day for it. As we crossed the Atlas mountains the views were fantastic and there were just a few small towns and villages along the way. The roads twisted and turned and there were many sharp bends and sheer drops. The higher mountains were snow capped and along the way there were some people standing at the side of the road with fossils and rocks for sale
So now we are in Marrakesh and even though we are further north, the weather is fantastic, really warm. We spent the first day chilling out and warming up as the campsite is 9 kms out of town. We will explore Marrakesh before we head south for Christmas day. We are all going to go to the supermarket and stock up on lots of goodies so we can treat ourselves! Things are generally going well, we like everyone on the truck except one really annoying person but there's always one!
We hope all is well with everyone back home and Merry Christmas to all!!
Kev and Siān.