1103 Breakfast stop Town (Mor 345)

Trip Start Aug 15, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Morocco  , Guelmim-Es Smara,
Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 049: 4 hours,

No transportation on south from Tan Tan Plage, so have to backtrack to Tan Tan proper to continue my journey on south… I still have a LOT of miles to cover if I want to snag those towns deep in the desert that I'm still missing.

My next stretch will be sitting on a bone jarring wooden seat in back on an antique Land Rover heading to El Ayoun.   This stretch of desert I’ve usually crossed at nighttime, so there might be something interesting to see—although I’m not expecting much.  The highway follows a rugged cliff coastline where periodically you see a lone fisherman dangling his rod over the ledge—some of them come by car, but others just by scooters, crossing long stretches of desert to find a peaceful spot to fish.

Suddenly the ground drops out in front of us, and there is a beautiful, peaceful lagoon with tranquil waters surrounded by a ring of sand, and cliffs and crashing waves beyond.  Not a person in sight—just beckoning for you to come and enjoy and experience its magic. 

For the first time in my travels in Morocco, I wish I had a car.  This is the sort of place you’d really need your own vehicle to enjoy because, although I could get off my ride here, find transportation out of here would be a whole different situation.   I was wrong:  the southern desert of Morocco does have it’s charm with untouched and seemingly undiscovered places like this… If a beautiful, completely isolated desert beach is your thing,   than this is the place to go.

We stop for breakfast in little roadside village.  Normally I would not count a "pit stop" town as a discovery, but this time I decide to make an exception.  Trusting that the driver is going to take his time eating his breakfast, I rush down to the coast to take my video clip with a cliff backdrop, play a very quick 5 songs, and then zigzag past the scrappy houses overlooking the sea, the back to the main road with its row of grilled meat eateries.  I walk 0.9 kilometers… not much of a hike… but there’s not much to see here anyways…

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