First checkpoints in Morocco

· 2 min read · morocco police sea camping

Woke up to find clouds moving across the mountains.

Low clouds above the Anti-Atlas mountains near Tafraoute, Morocco.
A closeup of the clouds above the Anti-Atlas mountains near Tafraoute, Morocco.

As I left Tafraoute, I noticed something that I can only describe as I garden because I don't know what it was!

Unsure what this garden was for near Tafraoute, Morocco.
Unsure what this garden was for near Tafraoute, Morocco.

Rode yet another(!) fantastic route through the Anti-Atlas. I was now the same height as the clouds and they were moving across the land in front of me.

Low clouds moving across road in Morocco.
Low clouds moving across land to obscure buildings in Morocco.

Headed toward Guelmim, which wasn't touristy at all!

A donkey and cart on the street in Guelmim, Morocco.

As I was leaving, I saw fuel sold in bottles outside of unofficial stations. Official stations nearby so no problem.

The entrance to Tan-Tan has two statues of camels!

The entrance to Tan-Tan has two statues of camels in Morocco.

I've ridden through many police checkpoints and not been stopped until today. Before entering Tan-Tan, I was stopped. I provided a fiche, they checked it, and the policeman instantly smiled and welcomed me to Morocco. First thing I noticed in Tan-Tan was a strong smell of fish as I passed a sardine factory.

Soon after, I was stopped again at another checkpoint. The policeman asked a few questions, consulted another policeman then waved me on.

And then again! This time the policeman asked for my passport. In hindsight, I think the policeman may have been asking for a fiche leading up to my request for my passport and I didn't understand at the time. He took my passport without saying anything else and walked inside the building. I'm comfortable in Morocco, but thought it would be good practice to keep my eye on my passport at all times. So, without invite, I followed him in! After a few minutes, they got me a chair and invited me to sit. Another policeman entered my details into a computer. Took longer that time, so I think I'll just offer a fiche next time.

I'm camped a few miles from the sea and the main road is between us.

My location for camping was very close to the road and sea in south Morocco.

I've found shelter from some mounds of gravel. One side is slightly too low and visible from the road. Need an extra foot to cover top of tent. I've improvised by pulling up small bushes and securing to top of bike. Not perfect; not glaringly obvious.

An example of a piece of bush used to obscure and camouflage my CRF250L motorcycle in Morocco.
Obscured and camouflaged my CRF250L motorcycle with pieces of bush in south Morocco.

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