The challenge of capturing the moments on our Morocco trip was compounded by the multitude of cameras, keeping batteries charged, keeping lenses dust free, and keeping the more expensive gear from slipping out of Darth’s hands and tumbling down into rocky ravines (you’ll have to wait for a later post to find out what happened to my brand new Canon S95). Our guides (Tim, Edo, and Khalid) did a great job of humoring us and snapping photos whenever a camera was thrust upon them, sometimes 5 cameras for the same shot. I found my iPhone 4 with the Hipstamatic App to be my go-to choice for spontaneity and capturing a stylized, dreamy memory of the trip. Dave may disagree, as he has formally eschewed any love for Hipstamatics, but I think even Dave will have to admit there are a few keepers in here. Almost all of these were shot with the Watts lens setting, Ina’s 1969 film setting, with Flash off. Enjoy the slideshow below, or visit my Flickr photostream here.
 

It’s impossible for me to pretend that I can gather my thoughts and string together a narrative that would do justice to our recent adventure riding tour with Loco For Motos in Morocco. Frankly, there are too many photos to go through, too much video from the GoPro helmet cams to log, too many vivid experiences that keep flashing through my memory. And yet now that I have been back for a few days now, I am overwhelmed with emails and messages from friends and readers of the blog who are eager to have the stories shared. The best I can do right now as I struggle to catch up with work, family, and the day-to-day busy work that somehow takes over our lives here in the U.S. (I’m talking about stuff like taxes, bills, yard work, taking care of the pets), is to share some of these experiences as they come back to me, in no chronological order, and not all encompassing of the whole trip. Perhaps I’ll be able to string them together and edit down at some point. That might take awhile. For now, I’ll be happy to get them up here in small chunks. As I crank through sorting my best photos and deleting the accidents (more on camera accidents in a later post), I realized I haven’t even seen any of the other guys’ photos yet, nor have I sorted through my iPhone Hipstamatic shots. For now, here are a few of my favorites from the Canon S95.

Our Got Bike stickers were well-placed throughout Morocco.

Our Got Bike stickers were well-placed throughout Morocco.

 

One of the many mountaintop resting spots in the Atlas Mountains.

One of the many mountaintop resting spots in the Atlas Mountains.

 

It's starting to look a lot like Africa now.

It's starting to look a lot like Africa now.

 

Rolling through a Moroccan town after lunch and gassing up.

Rolling through a Moroccan town after lunch and gassing up.

 

Obi-Ben, paused pensively in a Saharan dune.

Obi-Ben, paused pensively in a Saharan dune.

We are less than a week away from departing on a much-anticipated moto trip to Africa. Most of the items on my pre-launch checklist are mundane items like bills to pay, things to take care of before leaving to make sure I don’t worry about untended affairs at home, cleaning the fish tank, calling the plumber to fix a leaking pipe, plus making sure I have all the little items packed, such as filling a Cipro prescription, packing sunscreen, etc. One thing that was obviously on Darth’s checklist: do some riding on the KTM enduro bike and get the throttle wrist acclimated for the upcoming 6 days of touring that our intrepid group will be facing. See below.

Getting the KTM dirty in Utah's Mud Season

Getting the KTM dirty in Utah's Mud Season. Photo by Darth Nater.

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