Hello, and welcome to the Riad Anda.

Motorcyclists in front of the Riad Anda in Morocco.

Hello. Welcome to Riad Anda. I am Hamid.

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This photo was taken from the roof of the Riad Dar Chamaa in Ouarzazate. At this point, we had long since arrived, and some of the events leading up to this moment included me almost becoming a hood ornament on an aged Mercedes after being over-anxious to get through a traffic circle. Also, we got chased and harassed by a kid on one of those mini motorcycles, the ones with wheels not much bigger than skateboard wheels. At one point I thought Tim was going to backhand him into the gutter. We had several Blackhawk Down moments navigating through traffic until we reached the hilltop Riad and rolled the bikes inside the gate. It was truly an oasis after a long day of moto. What’s a Riad? It’s a hotel or inn with an open air center courtyard. Someday I’ll do a post just about Riads, because we stayed in a lot of them.

KTM motorcycles lined up in courtyard of hotel in Morocco.

The KTMs were ready for the next day.


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The problem with our Morocco moto trip with Tim Skilton and Edo Mossi of Loco For Motos, there was no problem. The problem is, after the trip, I never really did a very good job of sharing all the wonderful photos that were collected from this trip. Dude, you should do an ADVrider post. No time for that. I’m starting a new feature here on the old IAATB blog: Morocco Moto Trip Photo of the Day, or POD, as my friends at Snowbird call them. I may not post one every day, see. I may forget, or have other important stuff to do. But I’m going to post as many as I can, in no logical order, with a few notes about each one, so followers can get a sense of what a great trip this was. So great, that even a year later, we’re still thinking about the places we went, the people we met, the windows that got kicked in during street riots, the stimulating massages, well, you get the picture. The first Morocco POD needs no commentary. You figure it out.

Photo taken in the Erg Chegaga dunes of Morocco

Nacho Libre of the Erg Chegaga. Photo by Dave, Ben or Steve.

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