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A Sunday Drive

Posted by on February 21, 2012

Having wild camped we woke to find a light dusting of snow on the ground, with a little more on the mountains which we could see from our window.  Merv managed to get out of bed in time for sunrise and this is what he shot, i had an extra ’10’ or so minutes in bed, and then up I got and put the kettle on for the morning coffee, oh it was cold outside, I knew this only by quickly opening the window!!!!!!!!!!!!, I shut it even quicker.

Early morning sunrise shows a dusting of Snow that suprised us


No, The screen is fine.This is Merv shivering in the cold!


Clouds wrapping the top of the mountain peaks

After breakfast of porridge and bannans off we went to the town , village really, of Sour where I did my shopping of eggs and bread. No problem buying bread, but had a problem remembering the french word for ‘eggs’, (oeuf) I had a blank, but I had an empty carton with me all the way from Tinahely as my Mum sells eggs, so I ran back to the MOG grabbed the carton and hey presto all smiles in the shop, eggs popped into carton for me, 60 cent for 2 loaves of bread and six eggs, not bad![[


Eggs, Eggs, Give me the flipping Eggs!

All she had to say was "Le Egg"...


Back on the road after getting the Eggs, and confusing 2 really nice guys in the shop.

Everybody was on the move, women going to work in the fields, men doing a spot of car pooling on there way to Gods know where.


How far do you have to walk to work today?

Extreme car pooling is the order of the day

We were roughly following a route by Chris Scott,  MH6,and once the tarmac ended , we followed twisty roads, through several villages with grassy green terraces down below, and even my brother David would be impressed that not even an inch of ground was wasted. The irrigation system cleverly uses gravity and ancient water channels which have been built over the years.

Village and fields in the High Atlas mountains

Every inch of ground used, and very productive.


When we got to Assarag we tried to drive up towards Lake Ifni, but the road got smaller and smaller until we could go no further by MOG, a few tight squeezes!


Debate about how close it is...

Nice view of the valley below in the mirror......

Yup. Pretty close....

And if you want to see more of the route, including how narrow it is, take a look on youtube for the video, or click here to see it now.


Note the house roof level with the road, and the door openin onto the same road!

Luckily we found a wide river bed we could turn in, and so we continued along the main route to Aoulouz, after driving through a few hairpin turns, and on then to Taliouine. We wanted to be in Taliouine by Sunday evening so as to make the Monday Souk, which is just like an Irish market/car boot sale.  More on that soon, but here is a sample:

Great place to like Veggies!


Well, this map shows where we are now. Until the next time!

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