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A few photos from our trek through the Draa Valley and Dades Gorge, in route to the High Atlas Mountains…

In the days after our adventure in the Sahara, the sciroccos continued to blow a notable fog of sand around the foot of the Draa Valley. We were ready to beeline towards the High Atlas and escape the dust. But first we had to take the long dirt track that meanders up the Draa, following the river and a continuous wave of green palm oasis. The same route followed by caravans from the Sahara centuries before. From there we would take a combination of buses to get us to a town beneath the Dades Gorge, where we’d start our trek. Here are a few photos from our time in the Draa and a couple from the Dades.

Morocco Sahara Dust Storm

The Dust continues to blow as we leave the town of Mhamid.
Zagora, Morocco
A mudbrick kasbah in Zagora.
Morocco Kasbah, Zagora
Inside the fortress walls of the kasbah.

Zagora Morocco

Women dress in Zagora Morocco

Colorful dressed women walking the streets of Zagora.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

Leaving the touristy town of Zagora on a piste road that would wind up the valley to Agdz.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

A fellow cyclist on the track.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

The road veered away from the oasis for a bit and the landscape became stark.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

Surly ECR - Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

A bike photo op turned portrait when this young man came up to check out the tires.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

A pile of bicycles at a local school.

Draa Valley Morocco

Draa Valley Morocco

Watermelons growing in the desert.
Draa Valley Morocco
A Berber language, I think, written on a building in the valley.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

It seems that as we move North, the children are getting slightly more interested.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

Looking for a campsite.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

This one will do… nestled on the floor of the oasis.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

The walls of a kasbah.

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

The Atlas glistening in the distance, outside of Ouarzazate.

Kasbah, Atlas, Morocco

Bike Touring Morocco - Draa Valley

I usually try and steer clear of these tourist snake guys.

Dades Gorge, Morocco

The start of green carpet at the floor of the Dades gorge.
Dades Gorge, Morocco
Dades Gorge, Morocco
Dades Gorge, Morocco
Working our way up.
Bike Touring Morocco - Dades Gorge
Wildflowers start to pop as we start getting up in altitude.

Bike Touring Morocco - Dades Gorge

A woman works the fields in the valley.
Bike Touring Morocco - Dades Gorge
The contrast is amazing as the hills go from nothing to green at the river.
Bike Touring Morocco - Dades Gorge
Bike Touring Morocco - Dades Gorge
Stay tuned for more from the High Atlas Mountains…

For more information on this route, including GPS and logistics, click here. Also, check out our growing list of bikepacking and dirt road touring routes.

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  • John Q.

    Still fascinating to follow your trek and still great pic.’s!
    John Q.

  • Rachel

    YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE!!! xo

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks! Hope all is well with you!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks for keeping up John!

  • http://www.gypsybytrade.wordpress.com/ Nicholas

    “Working our way up”…the light is incredible.

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