It was not without it's epic moments, from loosing the keys to the hire car, a loose bolt on day one causing a massive oil leak (luckily spotted before any harm was done), getting stuck for an hour in possibly the only mud in Morocco, two days in the dunes of the Erg Chebi with no electric start, looping the bike off the top of a dune (yet walking away unscathed), my GPS packing up due to the heat just before a dune section where the road book said "follow GPS", A fork seal blowing and losing my side stand on day five to name a few!
Here's a few photos from the rally where I was very happy not only to finish but also to gain third place overall in the Moto Amateur over 50s Category.
Bike loaded and ready to leave the UK on 03.03.15
The route of the Rally
Day 1: Ouarzazate to Zagora
Day 2: Zagora to Merzouga
Day 3: The "King Stage" Merzouga (Erg Chebi)
Day 4: The "Dune Race" Merzouga (Erg Chebi)
Day 5: Merzouga to Zagora
Day 6: Zagora - Erg Chigaga
Day 7: Zagora to Ouarzazate
The Hotel in Ouarzazate
The queue for registration
It's a hard life being Team Manager!
The Pro Class at the start of the Prologue
Checkpoint 1 Zagora to Merzouga Day 2
Run out of fuel on the road to Merzouga, luckily I was rescued by another competitor
Sunrise over Erg Chebi
Doing a bit of Laundry
Start of the Dune Race
End of Lap one, timed out by only three minutes
The result of a little cartwheel off the top of a dune
With Gary Pitchford at the final checkpoint, Day 4
Checkpoint 4, Day 6
All the kit for a day laid out
Lunch stop on the way back to Marrakech Airport, on the Tizi n'Tichca Pass
We got a space on the sticker wall!
From Desert to snow capped mountains all in one day