Cycling the Cols of Morocco
Just to say that, if anyone's worried about safety, I've just got back from a trip to Morocco as a recce, and found everyone I met amazingly friendly and welcoming. The main response seems to be `welcome to our country' and to be only too keen to help. Didn't see any roadies as such, but otherwise loads of bikes (and mopeds) on the roads, and the mountain scenery is amazing. Best tip: work on your French a bit since that is the universally spoken second language, as is how the football's going. If you can manage even a couple of words of Arabic that will be great too.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Watching eagles while traversing across a rockface with a Berber guide. Sitting beside a swimming pool in 35 degrees C sunshine and 5 hectares of gardens, while the swallows dipped for water, and our amazingly kind French Moroccan hostesses arrived with martinis (yes!) from the bar...... Although sadly the carpet my wife bought doesn't fly after all (not so far anyway)
What did you think of your group leader?
She was excellent; glad I married her.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You can actually buy Moroccan dirhams in the UK, which helps, and you are allowed to bring about £200 worth back if you want.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Main roads nicely surfaced, mountain roads a bit patched but very like the French ones. Bring some small notes and coins if you can, since tips are greatly appreciated. Also Imodium and inner tubes.