A wet, drizzly morning in Weymouth and Bee-Bee is having the last couple of boxes loaded in; map at the ready and the 11pm Portsmouth - Le Havre ferry booked. With our family situation currently stable and itchy feet so bad we are practically doing the river dance, we are swapping our sunset chase for a longitudinal course. A quick drive through France and Spain (it is winter and we’re camping!) and a sail across the straits of Gibraltar to Morocco and the start of our North-Western Africa adventure.
An interlude to ‘Rock the Kasbah’ with family in Marrakech will be followed by a meander to the Western Sahara by which time we should have warmed up considerably. Limited by a closed border to Algeria in the east and an increasingly dodgy pass to Mauritania in the south we are land-locked by civil unrest and political restrictions. However, with around 450,000 km2 we should have plenty to explore with the Sahara desert, Atlas Mountains, wild Atlantic coastline and nomadic Berbers.
We intend to explore rural Portugal and Spain on our route back north; keeping plans minimal and simply going with the flow.