2000, Erfoud to Tanger
hot day and we finally drive out of the Sahara desert. On our way out
we see some more of the variety in Moroccan landscapes. Towards the end
we drive along the Atlantic coast until we reach Tanger. The weather is
getting cooler, or less hot to be more appropriate, as the wind is coming
from the sea.
The competition is now more or less finished, as there are no more tests,
and the remaining days will just be transit: long day drives towards London.
Of course, there are still things that can break down on the car. Especially
as most will now drive high speeds long time on the motor-ways, which
the cars have not seen in a while, causing new strains. So one has to
be careful and should not consider results final but the time requirements
for the coming days are generous and there will be only two time-checks
a day. Our current rank is first in our category and fourth overall, if
we manage to take this result back to London, we would be more than glad.
A final note on Morrocan driving. Unlike other Arabic or Mediterranean
drivers, the Moroccans are surprisingly slow and non-aggressive drivers.
When you pull up to them, they will drive to the right and let you pass.
This is very rare to see anywhere in the world, but especially unexpected
in a country like this. The Morrocans also seem to have bought up all
the Diesel Mercedes-Benz limousines that were produced in the seventies
and early eighties as all the taxis and many others drive nothing but
|TC 282: Erfoud 2 OUT
|TC 283: Tanger IN
Overall 2 hour 03
official results can be looked up on this website
also some forests, looks like cedars.
The Beach at
have had an abundant wildlife, a few milions year ago. The fossil
remnants are being sold at street shops.
street shop item: pottery
are modern but somehow they keep some traces of the Moroccan heritage.