Falling foul of foul weather
Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
8Trip End Jan 11, 2009
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Quite often we'd see road blocks set up by the police complete with barbed stingers ready to throw out. Maybe they have a lot of speeding cars here or maybe the police like pulling people over? Funny enough they decided to pull us over but after some kind of heated debate between our driver and the police for 20 minutes, we were off again.
In Inezgane we arrive near to what looks like a locals market so we head in to look for gas again. A young guy tries to help us and takes us around a few stalls but none of them had the screw top gas bottles we needed. He seemed quite helpful and I didn't get the impression he was out to scam people however he did then invite us into his stall where we were suddenly ushered into a seated area and served tea and then the spice sales pitch began
We headed outside to figure out how we get a grand taxi to Tarroudant since it shouldn't be too much but get quoted extortionate prices and eventually find a policemen (complete with gun) and he points us to some buses where we get a ticket for 40DH and grab some food from a cafe since we have a 30min wait
The bus was only an hour and we are soon in Tarroudant, surrounded by some kind of protest about Israelis bombing Gaza. We find a hotel (Hotel Roudame) for 70DH with en-suite, well imagine a very basic bathroom as it is Morocco and it was fairly similar to what I was used to in Thailand.
We'd read in the guidebook that this hotel had contacts with local guides so I asked the manager about the guide, Ali, we'd been told to speak to. He didn't seem to understand but said something about another guide who knew Ali and he'd arrange for us to meet him soon.
We ate dinner in our hotel which was traditional tajine and couscous and tried yet again to look for gas but again no such luck. Starting to think we'll have to live off bread and jam in the mountains!