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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 3. Via outlying borders of Sahara

ata - Foum-Zguid - Mhamid

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Only you, road and friends! ... And the desert around
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Oasis
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The destroyed fortress - kasba at a slope of a hill.

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Open spaces, desert,

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Passing western wind
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140 km a day time way-
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- the sensation of flight!
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Camp
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Sunset in desert - a unforgettable sight
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The freebie has ended, further there is one hundred kilometers of earth "road"
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There is the Water!
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Classical stony desert.
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Such road, stones and prickles- the big loading on bicycles, our bicycles caught a puncture each half an hour. We divided into two groups of four persons that somehow could to speed up our movement. A place of a meeting the nearest oasis, a point in GPS.
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One week ago it was raining, a reservoir is a gift to find holes in our worn out bladders.
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Moroccos frontier guards watch over the border with Algeria. On a background there is an escort of jeeps: reach tourists are taken out to Desert. They feel well in the air-conditioned jeeps, behind the darkened glasses.
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Drying up Lac Iriki lake
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Between stones and sand
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The most difficult site of the route
- 20 km on a pebble of Lac Iriki gulf
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And a few of barchans at last
The road got to the end.

Ruins of the city of Quarzazate

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Night transfer from desert to people
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Surprisingly, but in all these picture fortresses really people live.
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Film studio - fortress, a scenery to films such as "Gladiator"
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Survey of ruins...
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... And souvenir shops
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All pleasures of day rest
fotos/DSC00317.JPG To find spirits - even beer and local wine - in the state with the dry law it completely is not simply. And furthermore in a Ramadan month. The alcoholic drinks is sold in supermarkets and hotels "Intourists" closed for locals, only to foreigners, here and there even on presentation of the passport. It is not forbidden to tourists to buy and bring with yourself in cafe, as a rule, but out of respect for local laws we spill remarkable morocco's red wine secretly, covertly, having wrapped up a bottle in a piece of paper.

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