It’s 180km, a two day cycle from Marrakech to Essaouria. There are lots of shops along the way selling Argane oil. This is a very expensive oil squeezed from these hard berries.
But wait- there’s more to the story- and who put the goats in the tree?
The goats climb the trees to eat the berries. The goats pass the berries through their digestive tract which dissolves the hull of the seed enough to make it possible to gather the dung, filter out the seeds, and press the oil.
He didn’t make that up! They’re tasty!
Life on the ground.
Essaouria and the ocean appear.
Essaouria is a walled city with a harbor. Here’s an entrance to the walled part of the city. Essaouria is a world heritage city.
The harbor is one of the most interesting places. It is Morocco’s 4th largest port, but very small.
Wooden ships are being built here. These craftsmen are carving a ships rib.
A breakwater protects the harbor.
It is a great hangout place
for cats and bicycles and boats.
Allways lock your bike.
Cannon on guard.
A glance through the wall
and through the entrance.
Blue Boat maintenance.
Bleu boat at sunset.
There’s more to the city than blue boats. Get away from the tourist areas and you get Morocco.
I considered cycling north to Casablanca where my flight leaves from. But a combination of things made me decide to stay here and to take the bus up. 1, I like it here. 2, No hotels in a days ride going up the coast. 3, My rim crack is spreading. 4. A 10 mph headwind blows pretty constantly. This area is known for that and is a good kitesurfing area.
So I am settling in for a week. It’s nice to be where I can hear seagulls.