On Tuesday 24th Feb I’m heading down to Gatwick, arriving blurry eyed in Agadir on the morning of the 25th. Cycling through Morocco, Spain and ending up in Southern France.
Ive got a bit left to do (learning some basic bike maintenance, making jerky and looking at places to stay/build up the courage for the inevitable wild camping), but the date is set. Im looking to get back to work in early april, so want to get back in the saddle as early as possible.
From Agadir I will begin, under-trained and overtired, up towards Essaouira, east towards Marrackech, before tackling the Tiz ‘n’ Tichka pass over towards Ouarzazate. That should mean 2 or 3 warm up days before I hit the mountains, depending on my mileage. Im looking to do around 150km a day throughout the tour, but that may be a bit ambitious for days 1-4!
My basic plan for the next week is to head east, taking in Ait benhaddou, the Todgha gorge and the sand dunes at Merzouga in the east before turning north.
If anyone out there has done any touring in Morocco or Spain before, any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone knows of friends/family in Morocco, south/east Spain who are willing to host me along the way, don’t hesitate to get in touch!