The Gite near Azrou was a super place, if a bit cold due to the altitude, run by a Moroccan couple who speak good French and English. They are next door to the official Moroccan Govt trout-breeding station, for release into all the trout rivers in Morocco. I was able to have my own private tour of the whole place by the very friendly caretaker. As well as normal grey ones they breed a variety of “Yellow Trout” which is big and very bright yellow. I don’t know if they are available elsewhere. I had superb trout for dinner that night but it wasn’t the yellow ones.
The weather for the whole trip was amazing. I had not seen a drop of rain for 4 weeks until I got to Azrou. I went for a ride through the beautiful Cedar Forests on the multiplicity of legally rideable trails and I had ½ hour of moderate rain. That was the only rain apart from a bit of light rain in the Picos later that I had the whole trip. Amazing!
I rode up the coastal motorway back to Tangier.The ferry and paperwork back from Tangier to Tarifa was quick and easy. I stayed in Tarifa again as it was late when I got there. Such a nice old town.
I have wanted to explore the western side of Spain, up the Portuguese border for a long time, so after riding the amazing twisty road over from Algeciras to Ronda and then up to Cordoba I rode up through the provinces of Sevilla and Extremadura, just inside the border. A superb area was the “Reserva Naturel Sierra Norte” in northern Sevilla. A huge empty area with just reservoirs and nothing else, superbly scenic and the 51km road across it with no side turnings I had completely to myself. A bit bumpy but big-trail-bike heaven, all corners.
North of Exremadura it was not so special, a bit desolate and not scenic. I rode alongside 1 ridge about 15 to 20 km long with wind turbines all the way along spaced at about 3 to 4 blade diameters apart. I like turbines but these looked like a wall and were definitely not an addition to the admittedly bleak surroundings with very little signs of life around.
I stayed in Zamora the large city next north above Salamanca. Noticeably un-modernised and un-spoilt. I liked it there. Very like the “fifties” in feel.
I finished off with one of my all-time favourite areas in the world, The “Picos de Europa” mountains in eastern Asturias. The ride from Bonar through Pueblo de Lillo, Riano, towards the San Gloria pass then turn off to Posada de Valdeon, then up the gorge to Cangas de Onis should be indelibly marked on every bikers map or GPS. Sensational scenery and roads to match. Un-missable!
Stayed in Pueblo de Lillo and then to stay with friends near Oviedo for 1 night. Monday morning back to the tyre depot to put my road tyres back on and onto the Santander-Portsmouth ferry.
Dark when we docked so I stayed in a pub north of Winchester to have some real-ale. They had 3 on tap and they were all 3 almost off. What a disappointment after 5 weeks effectively beer-less.
Nice ride home up the motorways next day, warm and dry.
What a humongous trip.
33 days. 5910 miles.
2500 in morocco. 4290 miles on the dirt-tyres.
Kawasaki Versy 650 twin with modified suspension both ends and an engine/exhaust bash-plate.
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