Africa

Bicycle Ride Across Morocco

In March 2007 we took our bikes to Morocco, Africa. After exploring Marrakech we got a lift to the High Atlas Mountains and cycled the last few miles to the summit. From here we rode across the width of the country to the Sahara Desert.

Cycling over the high mountain pass was spectacular, with amazing scenic views. At the foot of the High Atlas, we found Aït Benhaddou, a ksar / fortified village which is still inhabited and used. This ksar has been used so many times in films that it has become referred to as the "Moroccan Hollywood". This fortified village is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travelling East we stopped at Ouarzazate - The door of the desert. This city sits at an elevation of 1,160 metres. Its name comes from a Berber phrase meaning without noise or without confusion.

Continuing East we cycled through to the Todra Gorge. This is a trench of gigantic rock walls that change color depending on the sunlight shining into the canyon. This gorge is a magnificent spectacle, with rock formations vary between 25 to 300+ meters and there are over 150+ routes for rock climbers to explore.

Our final stop was the Sahara Desert. This is the largest hot desert, and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic, covering 9 million square kilometers.