Finishing the Hillcountry
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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Day 391: 5 hours,
From Aguelmous, could
either head east to Khenifra, back on a major transportation artery, or I could
dive back into the “Empty Quarter” to try to
capture a town that’s been eluding me for a long time: Oulmes.
Oulmes is right in the
middle of this hill country region, with roads spoking out in like 6
directions, but seemingly little transportation heading that way
safely say I’ve thoroughly explored this hill country region. Hopefully it has
This time I travel in the
rickety rural van/minibus winding across the countryside and down into a
beautiful canyon. This region is really
quite beautiful—at least during the rainy season and I’m really glad I’ve been
able to explore it.
Finally after a few more
miles of rolling hills, we reach Oulmes, right at the base of a little wooded
and climb up that hill, take my video clip before it gets dark, just in case I
end up finding a night bus going somewhere.
It’s kind of dark when a get there—but it’s still a nice shot with the
sun setting over the endless green hills, framed by tall pine trees. Then I head back down to explore the town.
There’s something special
about a city that’s off all the main transportation routes. As night falls, all transportation shuts down
and you feel cut off from the rest of the world. There’s a nice little plaza, a row of grill
restaurants where you choose your own meat straight from the butcher, and a
long, wide street where people go for an evening stroll, maybe stopping in one
of Oulmes’ trendy cafés… I opt to chill out in one that’s decorated like a
jungle/cave with fake stalagtites hanging above
jazz up their little town a
Oulmes has more of a middle
class feel than Aguelmous—nothing really historical here, but a pleasant place
to stroll around. I’m not even worried
about where I’m going to stay the night—I’m just going to enjoy the town and
then see what happens…
Turns out Oulmes does have one unmarked hotel above a
noisy café. It’s 30 dirhams a night for
a nice, clean room… a nice upgrade from where I stayed last night
uncomfortable staying at people’s houses for free--so this is just perfect…
I figure I’ll finish off my day with some grilled meat… and another stroll quiet stroll around town.
I decide to take a quiet
day, just chilling out for a bit and soaking in everything I’ve experienced so
far here in the hill country of Central Morocco