Morocco – Day 4 – Tinghir -> Dolina Todra -> Merzouga (323 km)
Somehow we got up early in the morning. We were ready before 8:00 to hit the road, in the morning, because we had to ride the extra-long section of the Todra Valley according to the plan. Its appearance changed with each passing kilometer. The walls began to get higher and closer to each other. A small river flowed at the bottom, but when it rains you can imagine what its destructive power is. A ride through the valley, then an ascent of nearly 2,652 m was one of the most beautiful stretches of the Moroccan expedition.
At the pass it is very dry, the sun shines exceptionally strongly, and you feel the thin air. The temperature dropped to 14 degrees. Nature is very severe, there is almost no vegetation but the colours and shapes of the rocks are beautiful.
We were concerned about the availability of petrol in this area. The first (and only time) we refueled from the “garage”. Taking advantage of the break we drank a great latte and saw what life was like in the village of Ait Hani.
Approaching Tinghiru, we stopped to once again look into the valley of the river Todra. The view of what was before us was breathtaking. Unfortunately, from that moment on, the temperature began to quickly grow and reached more than 33 degrees.
After about 180 km we got to Merzouga. This village is situated among the Saharan sands and is famous for its sand dunes, whose height reaches up to 340 m. Since it was already sunset, you could say that there were three dominant colours. There is red and orange which dunes are ‘painted’ with, and black, which the rocky desert is ‘heaped’ with.
At some point Tomek, one of the expedition participants took off the trunk box from the motorcycle and briskly headed into the desert. Despite his tyres not being adapted to this, he did perfectly well. He returned to the gravel parking area with a little help from his friends.
After riding through the desert, we stopped by for a traditional tagine, which tasted delicious. We even had a coffee and then headed to the hotel.
Thinking that this would be the end of the day’s attractions, it turned out that I was completely mistaken. Arriving at the hotel, I came up with the idea to take a ride even in the desert, and also started up the drone, which would be filming us.
After a while we were riding through the desert. At one point, I turned around and saw that a cloud was approaching from the northeast and it was getting dark quickly. After literally minutes, we realized that a sandstorm was approaching towards us.
Immediately we turned back to make it back to the “castle-hotel”. A wall of sand hit us at the same time literally edging towards it. I jumped off the motorcycle and at the last minute I landed, not without any difficulty, and later there was a nice film from the drone of this. Wind Gusts brought an incredible amount of sand, which was pouring in, through every crack in the window or the door. Furniture, the bedding and our clothes were covered with dust. Another thunderstorm passed through the night with rain and it got chilly.
Advice: The desert is the desert but it is always worth taking your rainwear kit and warm gloves. In my case, the BMW Rally 3 is a typical summer bike. In two cases: if it rains or is really cool I put on the complete kit and best as a two-piece one.