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North Africa - Marocco and Algeria
18-10-90 until 28-11-90

18st March 2002 - 21.12 GMT

Algeria: Finally arrived (Djanet-1990)
Agadir (Morocco) - Ouarzazate - Figuig (Algeria) - Timimoun - El Golea - Hassi Messaoud - Illizi - Djanet.

Magreb 1990

Only some weeks after my return from Tunisia I was already making new plans about North Africa and was determinated to applicate the experience gained from the mistakes.

Near Boulmane du Dades I met a couple from Belgium on there way to Central Africa, later the same day we picked up another german biker with the destination South Africa. As we got closer to the border, we worried about a safe way to get some undeclared cash into Algeria so we could change it on the Black Market. At that time you had to declare all your cash, traveller checks etc and when you left the country, they checked if everthing was OK. So if you want to change money on the black market you have to hide it.

Col du Tichka between Marakech and Ouarzazate


Ait Ben Hadou


Todra Gorge near Tinerhir


So I put in the frame of my bike (which was rather complicated to extract later), others put it into their sleepbag and, well, the german put it into his rectum, considered a secure place. But the problems started, when we left Marocco and had to cycle a kilometer or so to the algerian border post, as our friend became some strange feelings in his stomach. And when it was his turn to be checked, he had a attack of diarerha.

The great eastern Erg, 50 km south of Hassi Messaoud

A road stretches 300 km from Hassi Messaoud through the Gassi Touil to Hassi Ben Goubour, there is one Gas station in between, not more, not less.

After 300 km in the Gassi Toulil, shortly before arriving in Hassi Bel Goubour
Early morning "near" Illizi (still 130 km to go)


Tassili n Ajjer

:- )