Morocco

Video of Cycling across the Sahara

Video of Cycling across the Sahara

I’ve just created a short video of the cycle from Morocco through the Western Sahara and Mauritania. You can check it out on my new website: Helen’s Take On… video of Cycling Across the Sahara

The Coastal Road

The Coastal Road

Climbing the argan tree The landscape from Essaouira to Agadir was dominated by the Argan tree, which is indigenous to this region and similar to the olive tree. I passed the occasional shepherd by his flock of goats, who seem to find the fruit a plentiful delicacy. The goats could be seen not only reaching […]

The Forbidden Fruit

Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s another anecdote involving food. I’m gathering quite a collection of these, but for now, I’ll just share the latest fruit fiasco. I spent a couple of days cycling from Tiznit to Guelmim recently – Two small towns in southern Morocco, which have little to entice tourists who aren’t on a […]

Photos from the coast and more, Morocco

Latest photos from leaving the Erg Chebbi dunes and being dropped in Rissani to arriving in Essaouira on the coast and from there heading south to my current location of Guelmim (a not particularly inspiring place, but it’s into the Sahara from here)…

Beside the seaside

Beside the seaside

Having survived the desert, I was dropped off in Rissani – a small, friendly town with little to distinguish it except that it lies practically on top of the site of Sijilmassa, the fabled city that was a thriving commercial centre at the head of the trans-saharan gold trade routes. As has become customary, within […]

Photos from the Atlas and Desert, Morocco

Latest photos from my journey through Morocco…

Desert Runs

Desert Runs

For those who haven’t perhaps heard of the ‘Marathon des Sables’, it’s a gruelling 7-day race where the competitors effectively run a marathon every day for seven days, carrying all their supplies including water, across the Saharan desert. Why exactly anyone would enter this is quite a mystery to most. I mean, who in their […]

Slow Progress South

Slow Progress South

An unexpected encounter 100km out of Chefchaouen and I’m happily trundling along on the bike, my thoughts intermittently interrupted by passing cars where the driver or passenger provides some form of encouragement; be it waving, cheering or enthusiastically beeping the horn. One Landrover overtakes, but pulls over just ahead of me and as I cycle […]

Photos from the Rif, Morocco

A selection of photos from the first fews days since arriving in Morocco… More photos to come, but the internet is slow here!!

What Lovely Melons

On the day riding out of Chefchaouen, I first passed along a fertile, wide-bottomed gorge, through Ouazzane and continued on the road south towards Fes. Throughout the morning I’d barely eaten or drunk anything since leaving the hotel first thing. So around midday, having passed numerous stalls selling melons on the roadside, I eventually caved […]