Sunday, November 10, 2013

Morocco Day 2

After yesterday's warm up Duncan and I were desperate to get higher into the Atlas mountains and so we did !

It was a respectable ride today ............we climbed from Marrakesh at 1358 ft to 6121ft in towards Mt Toubkal pretty much non stop with temperatures around 32 centigrade burning off 5110 calories over 80.5 miles ................... but it was the stunning scenery and the local Berber people that we both felt were awe inspiring.

Happy as Larry with worn out bicycle tyres....
Are we are on the right road ........Duncan checks his Garmin !
Newly laid road leading to Marrakesh
This is the tough road to the mountains........
This is 10% climbing .......I know it doesn't look like it
Happy lean people .............we all need to learn lessons !
In these mountains you are still seeing real Berber people living in real clay built houses tiered one on top of the other into mountaineous rocky slopes. They are poor............in money terms .............but not in their lives. They are lean and not fat.............this immediately deserves my respect............. humans are not meant to be obese ..... we are naturally strong ,well muscled animals......... and I couldn't help thinking back to the sights down below of people who have completely lost sight of this and value money and their possessions above their own dignity.............people who move from the hotel room to the breakfast room to the sun lounger to the lunch room to the poolside to the room to change before the aperitif before the evening meal which leads onto after dinner drinks and then coffee and cake............................... and then back to the laughter and converstion high in the Atlas mountains .....of young children running on dusty roads with a plastic bottle as their only toy and yet beaming with a truly natural smile . Women carrying huge bundles of lemon grass up steep climbs, bent double, but straightening to return your smile with strong faces and bright shiny eyes. Wow what a difference........what a contrast in the way people can be............. this has been the greatest lesson of this trip. I was thinking all of this throughout this strenuous bike ride when Duncan turned to me and out of the blue said " These people are poor and have very little .......but they have everything ". Enough said.
This is about 5500 ft into the High Atlas.....32 degrees and nonstop climbing