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hi all,

thinking ahead to next years big trip:cool: .

quite fancy doing Morrocco on the alp650 via santander ferry and duration of 2 weeks in total seeing as much of the fabled land as possible.

staying in digs not camping unless you include biviy in the desert:p.

what do you say eh?

sorry mods can someone move it to the "travel section"
 

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hi all,

thinking ahead to next years big trip:cool: .

quite fancy doing Morrocco on the alp650 via santander ferry and duration of 2 weeks in total seeing as much of the fabled land as possible.

staying in digs not camping unless you include biviy in the desert:p.

what do you say eh?

sorry mods can someone move it to the "travel section"
very doable, I have done it on my 'Alp but with 2 days each way across spain, 18 hours each way on the ferry and 1/2 day each way to Plymouth, plus the sailing days aren't all at the beginning or end of a week, 2 weeks won't give you long in morocco and its a big country and the desert is a long way south. If you can get 3 weeks off work it will be a much better trip. Hotels/Hostels etc very cheap, in fact its so cheap camping isn't worth it, especially when you take a look at a moroccan campsite.

I am going again in October, for October :cheers:
 

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Russ

Also check out the transporting your bike option via Bike Truck- they take your bike to Granada along with other peoples bikes and luggage etc - you fly there and pick your bike up and drop it back 10 days or 2 weeks later fly home

You'll get into Morocco in 2 days or less

Was about 500 per bike last time I looked flights 109 return

If you add up the cost of 4 days holiday, travel, overnighters, fuel, food and ferry costs, not to mention the tyre wear it's an option I'll use again

This will allow you more time in Morocco
 

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cheers all,

will see Paul-s and Austin later in August :p , and can see this being a on going thread changing along the way "as all plans do":confused:.

Russ
 

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mmmm will be keeping an eye on this one.. and shipping the bike doon option as Aberdeen Plymouth Santander Pymouth Aberdeen.. makes that one a no brainer :cool:
 

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August 2011 is a long way off and I struggle to plan beyond the next weekend......

but Im interested as well, assuming the wife will give me a pass and I havent damaged my bike beyond repair by then........
 

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Would be interested in this too.

Is autumn the best time to go ~?

Had seen a few posts on Horizons unlimited about price of hotel / rooms rather than camping - be up for what ever is the majority vote though.

Would prefer to option of sending to bike ahead and following - not bothered about the long boring haul through France (unless it was to meet other XRV'ers along the way)
 

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Did Morocco a few months ago. 3 AT's and a 600 Slapper. You need more than two weeks to see Morocco properly. We took 18 days. Spent 2 1/2 days each way in Spain as we stayed off the Autopistas after Burgos going down and Sevilla on the way back. We did a mini tour of the Picos on the way back to make it interesting.

Combination of camping, cheap and expensive hotels, Berber Auberge's and sleeping in a deserted goatshed at 10500 ft when we got caught out with the weather and fading light. It will take you 1 1/2 days to get to the High Atlas from Ceuta unless you don't want to see anything. We stayed at Chefchaouen first night and Midelt the second.

The pictures with comments are on my Facebook page split up into sections. This is open to anyone if you want to have a look. Haven't put the Spain return journey photo's on yet.

The link is here


http://www.facebook.com/?sk=media#!/home.php?sk=myuploads


Looking to go again end October /November If you want any further info just ask.

Updated Photo Albums to include return ride to Bilbao taking in the snowy Picos
 

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There's nothing to beat the sense of satisfaction of riding your own bike to Marrakech and it gives you tons of bragging points in the pub... but as others point out it's a long way and when you add up all the costs including tyre wear, servicing, depreciation, plus the ferries, petrol and hotels on the way down it's quite a bit of money.

An alternative is to fly into Marrakech on EasyJet and rent a bike from somewhere like Loc2Roues who charge about £425 for a week. I've rented XT660Rs, F650GS and G650 Xcountry and whilst the bikes are a bit scratched they have been fine. The XR250 Tornado might be fun if you fancy tackling some tougher pistes. The XR650 would be brilliant.
 
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