After Merzouga my goal was to head back to Cartagena in Spain. First stop on the way was Meknes and the ride through the Atlas mountains was fine and cold with snow on the side of the road, altitude over 2000m. The scenery, well I am used to it now but spectacular as usual.
After a cold night I left Meknes at 0900 and followed the freeway to Ceuta and caught the 1600 ferry to Algeciras. I stopped at the border and changed my leftover Dirham to Euro, Morocco immigration made me fill out the same 4 line form I filled in when arriving and stamped my passport, Customs took one copy of the bike import document stamped the other and waved me on. Entering Spain took longer because of the queue and the sniffer dogs checking out the boots of cars for drugs. I did not even take off my helmet they just waved me through, lucky I got a stamp from Morocco it now shows when I left the Schengen area and returned.
Follow the signs to the Algeciras ferry. At the check-in point there is a booth on the right where you can buy a ticket, 66 euro again for the myself and the bike. The ferry docked and it was only a few kilometers to San Roque.
San Roque to Cartagena was freezing even with my heated jacket and gloves on, through the mountains all the way, temps below 10c, have to wear a few more layers.
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Yay! All looking fab. Glad your camel got you back again in the morning! Great fun! So you’re now back on the continent – hope the change in weather isn’t tooooo unbearable – you’ll be needing your thermals – and wet weather gear – as you ride north! 😉 More stunning scenery ahead, enjoy Chris. 🙂 x
The stark scenery is interesting. I have driven through a lot of Morocco and can still remember the places you have named including a drive through the Atlas Mountains at night when we were lost – it was quite scary!
Probably a bit more civilized now and the GPS maps for Morocco are very accurate so no chance of getting lost hahaha.