- I think with Mustafa, Hamid and Abdul we really had the A team. They all worked extremely hard to make the trip run smoothly and to keep us safe. It is a delight to see how proud they are of their country and customs. Mustafa is a font of knowledge and no question is ever considered irrelevant.
The night in the desert was something I'll never forget and the accommodation there much better than I had expected. The star gazing was as incredible. The camel ride an experience!
The cycling seemed a bit tame after Vietnam and Cuba but I enjoyed it. Our day in the Atlas mountains on our way back had to be curtailed because of ice on the road but the downhill at the end was spectacular.
The bikes were good and some of them seemed new. There were no panniers and being short the small bag fixed behind the saddle didn't work for me as it dragged on the tyre. You could though store things in the bus. Some of the group didn't appreciate how cold it would be in the mountains it was literally freezing. So temperatures on the trip ranged from 0-30 degrees so people need to think about that when packing.
The hotels were fairly basic and some a bit tired. I think something better could have been found for our night in Marrakech, that was the worst.
Food varied and this was not a great culinary experience. Lunches were generally a picnic.
The trip was well planned and one really got a feel for the country. I felt very safe.
The cycling was well balanced in terms of a "moderate" grading. I think the landscape of Morocco made this hard to do: things are either flat and exposed to the sun (between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius at midday!) or uphill and generally taxing! But the organisation made ducking in and out acceptable and easy.
Generally a wonderful trip that I would highly recommend.
Published on: 29 March 2017