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The author: Evstafjev Nikolay, Moscow

 

Morocco: to grasp immense!
The photostory about a bicycle campaign

About the campaign. Route and participants
Photos:
Part 1. Entrances: Moscow - Amsterdam - Casablanca - Agadir
Part 2. Canyons of the Antiatlas
Part 3. Via outlying borders of Sahara
Part 4. The high Atlas. On a way to the High Atlas
Part 5. Marrakesh and Casablanca

On October, 24 - on November, 10 2003

Route:
Casablanca - Agadir - Tiznit - Tafraoute - Tata - Foum-Zguid - Mhamid - quarzazate - Imlil - Lac d'Ifni - Jbel Toubkal - Marrakesh Casablanca

Morocco is high mountains and desert, the forgotten world of canyons of Anti-Atlas and resort coast, a night life of ancient Marrakesh and customs of month Ramadan - such sated and various fortnight acquaintance to this surprising country appeared

Photos:

Part 2. Canyons of the Antiatlas

Tiznit - Tafraoute

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At last we are on a route!
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The first parking
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Evening visitor:
Berber tea, Russian vodka.
In the evening a local visited us. He shown how to make the original Moroccan tea, to bring down dates from a palm tree, how to eat cactuses, and told us a lot of interesting about laws of home life. Of course we treated him to vodka! ;).

 

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Integrated ascent of 1520m - perhaps it is a bit too much for the first day
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"The first altitude"
Spending the night on a pass 1094m

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He is just jumped-up
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Purchase of products in a small town Anezi
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It has not been such thing yet! - The theatre has arrived!
The route of our travel was developed according to the Soviet military topographical maps and ran to minor small roads, away from usual "bourgeois" tourist routes. Unusual to Europeans natives dense crowded round us to have a look on a rarity.
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A small shop called "Boutique"
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Indexes are duplicated on French, that more than in the help!
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Infrequent opportunity to wash up.
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Characteristic landscape of this part of Atlassky mountains

Tafraoute, a city in the heart of Anti-Atlas mountains

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In Tafraoute
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The city is located in a hollow among fantastical light brown rocks
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Local speciality Rock " the Hat of Napoleon "
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Vicinities of Tafraoute. At the top of a mountain
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Mountains of Anti-Atlas: "Malboro country", canyons and palm trees

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Again to mountains
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Again a pass
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On the pass asphalt comes to the end.
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... And in general civilization comes to the end
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The African creature
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The road leaves in a canyon
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The first and unique serious breakage a purchased luggage carrier collapsed on the first earth path.
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There is a heap of fruits in oases, known and unknown
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forward to the dates!
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Edward is on duty
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Is it Africa?..
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... Or America, state of Colorado?
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"The road" is a pebble of the river, god blessing that it is filled some days in a year.
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How many manual skills was put to construct such roads...
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... And it needs a lot of skills to ascend on them
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Pass. Among plateau mountains of Anti-Atlas
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Though aboriginal kiddies are harmless on the whole, but they are a true disaster for us: if you have to stop they fly goodness knows where from and noisy crowded us to take a look at unprecedented newcomers. They can be understood - the last time they could see the white person -tourists on jeeps - about ten years ago.
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A morning of day's work
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The road was constructed and forgotten...
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- and no jeep will pass here any more.
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Small pleasures of our way
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In Tata, a small town between the desert and mountains

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At last asphalt cover appeared!
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Got a bit tired from carrying our bikes we are rushing 80km on plane asphalt in Tata - the next point of the route.
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Mountains recede and landscapes become deserted
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Grazed camels...
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... And their supper
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Tata

 

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