Day 2 tour de Maroc
2 people on adventure bikes riding around Morocco 🇲🇦
Taroudant to Agdz (pronounced Agdaz) 300km
Wow this was an enjoyable day. I am now officially a bikie chick.
We chose to ride down the road less travelled and we were met not with postcard pretty, but rugged mountainous views that no picture or description could do justice.
On riding in to Agdaz, nothing really catches your eye. It seemed lack lustre with no life. It was scorching hot, we noticed a little cafe/kitchen, we happily sat. I’m not sure why I sat, habit I guess, as my bum was so bruised and sore with constant bumps and dips in the road. However, I did sit and was so elated to see fruit salad (a picture) on the menu. Fresh and light, just what I needed. I waited, what seemed a long time, then it arrived. I looked down to find my healthy fruit salad adorned with a chocolate sugar syrup all over it.
The lovely lady was so pleased with what she made me, smiling and gesturing, showing her proudness at making a very special dish for this scruffy little Aussie girl. I indulged on this rather odd meal with slight distaste st the chocolate syrupy goo, but otherwise enjoyable meal. It was fruit, which I love and miss when I leave our Australian shores. The Moroccans / Berbers are such beautiful people, who could and would feel disrespected very easy. We chatted in sign language as best we could, smiled and waved goodbye.
Jumping on our bike yet again, oh my poor bum, we moved further into this quiet little town. Here we were given 1000 welcomes by a knowledgeable bedouin /shop owner / desert trekker. Come come come, he yelled, grabbing our elbows leading us directly into his shop. We had n choice, we had to go. Inside we were welcomed with a saffron tea, then shown 1000 pieces of silver jewellery, a 1000 photos of desert experiences he could give us, in 1000 degree heat. Craig my partner and travel companion was offered 2000 camels for me(tongue in cheek), of course. Felling slightly flattered at my more mature age. Craig asked, “what are your camels worth?” 10,000 dirham each. I did the math, 2000 X 10,000= 20,000,000 equates to 2 mill euro, equates to 1.6 million AUD. I saw Craig contemplate this for a split second. A long one hour later and a silver purchase, we were on our way with our new friends email address, with promises to keep in touch.
Being ramadan at this time of year, the option for dinner was limited. A berber omlette or a berber omlette. We decided on the Berber omelette.
A lot of travellers would bypass and miss out on seeing Agdaz as it is off the main road. It is a little oasis with a magnificent lush green palm grove, despite having no rain for 4 years. The desert is an amazing and can be scary place. Another sight not to be missed is the ancient mudbrick kasbahs that have been left abandoned, sadly, due to lack of visitors. We took many amazing photos mostly due to Craig’s artistic eye and perfect backdrop. Pop around for a movie night, perhaps week. Yes that’s how many photos were taken.
On our way out of this cite little city, we visited the old city. One word. WOW. Still amazing with the humble gentle people still living there. Mode of transport is mostly donkeys and motor bikes. This is a must visit destination . I loved Agdaz ❤️