Day Twenty-four: Morocco
A small distance of 2070km is all we have left to travel, that’s a day or two more of riding so it’s looking like we’ll smash the 28 day target. What a tremendous effort by the team, who have been incredible. Yesterday was a quieter day, we can afford that, as they travelled 1167km, out of Mauritania, through Western Sahara and into the fascinatingly beautiful country of Morocco.
We’ll take this opportunity to mention Aly and AK Kachra’s ride yesterday, channelling their inner Mark Rossouw to get out at 4:30am and cycle 55km before work.
Morocco is about as diverse as countries get when it comes to nature and culture. The mountain ranges, forests, vineyards, rivers, desserts and even lakes allow intrepid adventurers to experience a wide range of activities including, hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing and in the winter you can even go skiing. The most famous set landmarks of Morocco are Marrakesh and Casablanca, here you’ll be able to find markets full of rich spices, mint teas, carpets and lamps.
Ait-Ben-Haddou, is a historic Ksar and World Heritage spot known recently for its feature in the popular television show Game of Thrones.
Morocco also is known for its delicious food, being big on aroma and spice. Tajine, or sometimes spelt Tagine, is one of Mocorro’s most famous foods, named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked – the bold spices and flavours that are produced by slow-cooking meat, fish, poultry with vegetables and fruit are totally unique and something you need to try for yourself.
The Sahara Desert & Atlas Mountains
The Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world, following nearly all of northern Africa, measuring nearly 3,000miles from east to west and 1,100 miles north to south. The name originates from the Arabic word for desert, ṣaḥrāʾ. Famed for its endless sand dunes, the desert actually only consists of about 25% dunes, the other land features include, gravel plains, salt flats, plateaus and even mountains where snow has been recorded. The Sahara is home to nearly 2.5 million people, most of whom have their roots win Berber or Arabic lifestyles, living near water sources permanently or having a nomadic lifestyle.
The Atlas mountains reside in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Sahara from the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean coastline. The highest point is found in Toubkal, Morocco and reaches an eye water 4,167 meters.
Cities, deserts, mountains, Morocco will be a fascinating journey for our team, keeping them motivated for that final push.
Distance Travelled: 39,007km
Journey Finished: 94.96%
Money Raised: £8,902
Countries Visited: 26 Countries
Day 24 Leader Board
- Kimberly Langley – 102.7km
- Steve Smith – 100.62km
- Dan Cumberworth – 92.42km
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