Day 4 – (approx. 221km) Oualid Driss to desert bivouac
A fast days ride skirting the Algerian border.
Leaving at 09.00 we head the 6 km back up the road to Mhamid where we refuel the bikes. From here straight back into the small dunes and sandy riverbeds as we head the 40 km north towards the village of Tazzarine.
Refuel and we set off winding through the palmerie alongside the river Draa.
Once back into the desert we can expect to be stopped by the Moroccan military on at least 2 different occasions as the border with Algeria is not far away and this has become a sensitive area once again.
Great, fast desert tracks once used on the Paris/Dakar rally await us...stop and say hi to the South African Elmer Symons who died here in 2007 whilst participating in the rally. His crash site is marked by a large stone cairn and a waypoint on your GPS and is a reminder to take care on these fast desert tracks.
Lunch will be at a desert auberge on Lac Maider, a large dry soda lake. Foreign owned and serving only Portuguese food...a nice change from couscous and tagine!! From here its 60 km of sand and 'fesh fesh' (bull dust) before arriving at our desert bivouac for the evening. located alongside some medium dunes.
Ascend a 60 mtr dune and toast the sunset before having an amazing meal and listening to the local drummers whilst sitting around a blazing campfire.