Video's provided by Richard Parkes from the September / October 2006 Morocco trip.
1. Out Of Marrakech
After an eventful journey into Marrakech the day before we headed out of the city the next morning. We wanted to video the entertaunment as the previous day had been a lot of fun getting lost in rush hour traffic. This is much more subdued but gives a feel for driving around the centre of the city. We were on a temporary route book as we had to move hotel so the original route book wasn't applicable, the joys of Morocco.
2. Marrakech Confusion
We'd agreed with our little group to go to Le Menara on our way out of Marrakech, so pandemonium ensued once we tried to find it in the madness of Marrakech. On top of that we'd not really got our group together yet being early days so we got separated.
3. Chris Where Are You?
Once into the countryside we started to hit the tracks and small villages. With our group of 4 vehicles it was easy to lose a vehicle if someone made a wrong decision, as we didn't want to hang around in the villages we could get separated. In this clip we'd been through a village with lots of kids and got separated. Chris, who was on his own, took a wrong turn and we had lost him. We've moved out of the village and are waiting for him and you can hear us calling for him over the radio. In addition the kids from the village are running along the track to try and catch up with us.
This is an entertaining clip as we're all scared of the kids that are chasing us down! Needless to say Chris made it out, eventually.
4. Running Late
This is the end of the same day, after the diversion to La Menara and the drive into the Atlas Mountains we managed to take a few wrong turns and so ended up being pretty late. Here Neil and Jamie area heading back along the track to find out where we are. We'd had a fantastic day and our group was bonding with the effort of navigating and making decisions.
We are driving along the side of a mountain and the drops are pretty severe, not that we can see them thankfully. We eventually roll into camp to be met by Louise.
5. Getting Stuck
We all joined together to enter the desert in convoy and made it OK until we got to the camp site where quite a few of us got stuck, several times. There's one fundamental thing you need to learn when driving on sand and at this point we'd not learnt it.
6. KERR Recovery
After winching out and then getting stuck we ended up letting Gerry do a KERR recovery to get us out of the sand. Entertaining.
The thing to remember here is, let your tyre's down.... That's pretty much all that's required to get you moving in the sand... And by let your tyre's down we mean less than 10 psi, if necessary.
7. Desert Driving
After some instruction on how to drive dunes we are let loose driving across the desert using waypoints to drive from point-to-point with no actual tracks. We're travelling in our little group (most of the time) and you can see the different terrain that we encounter along the way.
8. Grass Collecting
While heading north after the desert we camped up and then were awoken in the morning by Berber women collecting grass from the surrounding area.