After breakfast, bags are stashed in the 4x4, there's a briefing, all last minute things like filling camelbaks etc, and our adventure begins in earnest!
Leaving the town our first 30kms is reasonably fast riding across the military area, just what’s needed to get accustomed to the bikes, until we drop down into a narrow gorge and dry river bed.
From here we are winding our way on fast sandy trails through the foothills of the High Atlas.
Crossing wide riverbeds, some with streams running, we will find a quiet place to stop for our picnic lunch.
Off again through villages and palmeries before we start climbing on wonderful twisting rocky tracks over the beautiful Jebel Saghro mountains through an area named as “Monument valley” because of the amazing rock formations.
We arrive at the tarmac and our accommodation in a beautiful converted Kasbah “castle” over 200yrs old, set in a narrow village street.
After a refreshing mint tea, check into your rooms, wander around the old buildings with their quaint corners and deco. There is a lovely pool for those who enjoy cold water dipping.
We meet up back by the pool for a pre-dinner drink and then go indoors for our meal of tasty local soup served in terracotta bowls with wooden spoons, followed by chicken brochettes (kebabs) with veggies and lots of chips! Fruit for desert. If the evening is cold they will light the fire and we’ll sit around discussing anecdotes from the first day of our adventure.