Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, is our destination today. The road starts out nicely with flowing curves along the canyon walls and top. We stop and take pictures of riders as they go through the turns. Later it flattens to open fields that are plowed by burros. Goats crossing the road made a small delay. Weather is wonderful and we’re having a great day. This road is being updated and they’ve just put down fresh tar and gravel. They put speed bumps every few 100 meters to slow traffic down to allow the pavement to set up. Further on they are still rebuilding the road bed with road graders and shovels, so there’s only a narrow firm edge and the rest is loose gravel. A grader had just gone through and torn out the center. A little later a water truck sprayed down the road. I was doing well, but suddenly the bike catapulted over the edge and down into the ditch. Kevin was ahead us and turned around and rode the bike out of the ditch. Aside from some scratches on the bike, all was ok. Construction area was soon over and we continued on the the kasbah.
Ait Benhaddou is an eleventh century city along a river. Sand bags were placed in the riverbed and we walked across easily. There was a ten dirham entry fee, but the smallest bill I had was a fifty. The attendant gave me twenty back and said we would get the other ten when we came out. I protested, but to no avail. Of course we got lost and went out another exit and it started to rain so didn’t go back to get my change. Think that’s their usual scam to get additional revenue.
Sunday 12 Dec Ouirgane – Ait Benhaddou 140 miles
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