The Morroccan Poor Mans Big Sur
Posted on 12th Dec 2019
My enjoyment of the real Big Sur was somewhat lessened due to only having one gear so I wanted to include a ride up the coast on this trip too. I was limited in my range due to ongoing knee injury recovery but I did manage to get into the relatively unspoilt Tamri national park. National Route One isnt as busy as you might imagine and once I was past Taghazout, there was little traffic. To the left were stretches with great views of the Atlantic Ocean and to the right, cactus clad hillsides. Riding out of Agadir through the port area was a bit of a smelly experience but I wanted to avoid the busiest sections of the N1. As it turned out on the return journey, the new dual carriageway was actually better to ride on than the bumpy port road. I took a detour off the N1 through under construction hotels and apartments in Plage Taghazout. Clearly the Morrocans have big plans for this area but it still has a long way to go if the area is going to have any character. Here I rather bizarrely chatted with a man in Spanish about the benefits of tourists to the local businesses although he himself was out of work. The next 18km stretch of N1 was being straightened and widened so I have glad I was on my gravel bike with big chunky tyres. Its actually a very nice bike to ride and at the moment its the first bike I reach for. Finally I reached the Tamri headland before deciding that was far enough to push it and after a quick cheese and ham sandwich overlooking the Atlantic, I set off back to Agadir.