10kms down the road and we turn onto our first section offroad – beautiful winding trails through palmeries and villages and then a chance to experience riding in some small dunes.
Don’t let that adrenaline kick in as you’ve a long way to go to reach our desert bivouac.
We refuel in Tazzarine and then set off on a totally virgin section of desert and brush – only used by us. Follow your GPS. Some slightly tricky narrow riverbeds with big rocks, followed by a very flat plateau on super-fast twisting tracks that wind around all the flat topped hills and Acacia trees that dominate this area until we get to our lunch spot at a local auberge set totally alone in a gorge.
If it has been very dry you might have to work your way through large herds of dromedaries or sheep and goats as this is the only point in the area for the herders to find water.
After lunch a further 28kms to our refuelling point in the desert village of Remlia before which we will ride through the notorious “fesh-fesh” (fine powder from pulverised mud)
Sometimes quite deep with hidden ruts underneath, this can be a challenge, and there could be some offs. In Remlia the fuel is served from water bottles (no health and safety considerations here) and then the final 30kms to our bivouac is across vast dry lakebeds and winding sandy tracks. Final drive into the bivouac can be through the dunes.
More dune riding and then the obligatory beer parked up on the ridge at “Johnnie’s Bar” watching a memorable sunset.
Back to hot showers and then a plentiful tajine and after dinner local musicians around the campfire. You can sleep out under the stars or in one of the berber tents supplied.