THE STATS: Moroccan High Atlas by bike (Nov 2017)


The bike journey in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is over,
and I’m back in Denmark, summing up what has truly been one heck of a fantastic journey,

These are the stats & numbers:

•Distance pedaled: 1.115 km ?
•Meters cycled uphill: 11.285
•Travel days (brutto): 17
•Cycling days: 14
•Avg. distance pr. day: 80 km
•Highest point: Tizi ‘n Tichka Pass, 2.260 m
•Number of flat tyres (group total): 5
•Crashes on bike (group total): 1 (no injury)
•Hospital visits (group total): 1 (stomach)
•Liters of sweet mint tea consumed: A lot
•Liters of Moroccan beer consumed: Not a lot
•Water consumed daily (estimate): 2-4 liters
•Numbers of mud brick casbahs seen: 83
•Max. mid-day temp: 28 C (Marrakech)
•Min. morning temp: 5 C (Tizi ‘n Test)
•Max. altitude increase in a day: 1.786 m
•Standard favorite food: Lamb tajine
•Favorite soup: Harira (lentils & veggies)
•Standard price of mandarines: 0.63 USD/kilo
•World class desert scenery seen: Plenty
•Favorite snacks: Fresh OJ and dates
•Number of cyclists in group: 11
•French riders in group: 1
•Youngest rider: 37
•Oldest rider: 78
•Number of mosques visited: 1 (Tin Mal)
•Most beautiful gorge: Gorges du Dades
•Number of visits to Morocco (ego): 6
•Number of visits to Morocco by bike: 3
•Steepest road cycled: 14% (Gorge du Dades)
•Avg. age in group: 60
•Price of bike rental in Marrakech: 15 €/day
•Number of sunshine hours: 10-11 hours/day
•Favorite view: Todra Gorge palm groves
•Drops of rain in 16 days: Zero
•Avg. speed (journey, total): Ca. 19 km/h
•UNESCO sights visited: 2 (Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah & Marrakech Medina)
•Level of love for Morocco (ego): High
•Possibility of a 2018 Moroccan bike trip: High
•Daily boogers due to dry desert climate: Yes
•Cutest mode of transportation: Mule/donkey
•Daily cat cuddles/fixes: 2-4
•Avg. riding time pr. day: 4h15m
•Favorite nicknames (Jan): Le Professeur/Seducteur/Charmeur
•Moments of daily ‘solo time’: 2-3 minutes
•Jokes cracked (group total): Uncountable ?

? And most importantly, a huge and warm THANK YOU to all riders for making this such a fantastic, funny, and unforgettable experience ?