Author Archive | Gareth Morgan


A Ride in the Black Forest

  Well no, we’re not in Bavaria, but sadly it’s been a Black Forest day in Portugal for us. Remember the news items in June and October 2017 that told us about these massive forest fires in Portugal and Spain that were fanned by hurricane winds and which killed more 100 people – 45 of them […]

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Gibraltar Calling

  It’s only 8 miles across but the transformation from Africa to Europe is far wider – politically, economically, religiously and socially. Nowhere is this more dramatically demonstrated than from the most proximate points – Morocco and Spain. It’s hard to believe that half of the world’s shipping passes through this entrance to the Med, but […]

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Riding the Atlas

There’s always a conflict on these long epic-type motorcycle rides. You’re on the bike day in, day out for 3-6 months and so the need to manage risk, get to the end of each day without gear or body broken is simple common sense. But on the other hand, as we ride through each region, […]

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Volubilis – Ruined by the Romans

I remember during our 2007 ‘Under African Skies’ ride from Capetown to London, crossing Libya. It was Gaddafi’s time and well before his ignominious end. So Bengazi and Sirte were just two more towns that we overnighted in. And then of course all hell broke loose with the Arab Spring, Gaddafi hit the dust and […]

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Morocco’s Marijuana Capital

It’s not legal but it’s a roaring business in Morocco; Cannabis cultivation is a significant contributor to the (illegal) exports and to the tourism trade. Indeed the penalty for being caught with it is ten years in prison. However, tourists are frequently let off with only a fine due to Morocco’s need for the tourism […]

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Morocco: Before and After

As our ride around Morocco comes to close it’s interesting to separate my “mind’s eye” preconception of what the country would be like from the impression after a few weeks here. Firstly I though it was all desert and that’s totally wrong. Like NZ the central mountain range makes all the difference. In this case […]

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Atlas Mountain Murmurings

We’re high in the Atlas Mountains where the days are 28 degrees and the nights a chilly 6. The supply of accommodation is plentiful thanks to the same mania that has swept New Zealand. Online booking has provided a massive economic boost to these remote villages who until now have survived by growing crops for […]

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Creating Chaos in Casablanca

We heard the Moroccans love bargaining so Joanne decided to put that reputation to the test. She offered the cab driver half the price he quoted (we knew it was 20 times the going rate btw). He refused, came down 10% but that was it. So she walked along the row of them & the […]

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On the Road Again

Just as well we decided against heading further south from Agadir ! We’d been warned that Casablanca Customs would prove a challenge, that extricating our bikes from them would be no trivial pursuit. And so it has proved – after 3 solid days in their queues at the container port we’re finally on the road. […]

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The Long Drop Ep.8 – A Vibration-Free Day

No Mud, No Rain, No Bikes, No washers and No Gareth. Jo and Dave meet a traditional Yakutsan Queen and check out a fantastic Cryogenic Museum. Would you like ice with your Mammoth Sir? Rest day in Yakutsk. Me to do email catchups and photo processing, the others to do a little sightseeing – courtesy […]

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