Windswept Mountain Town
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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6 hours, 7.8 kms
Next town up the road is Mrirt. Snow on the horizon again, but none up close. I'm told that just a few days ago the whole area was covered with snow... but it's gone now. I'm beginning to lose hope that I'll be able to see African snow "up close and personal" on this trip.
It's quite chilly here and very much a Berber vibe. I enjoy a delicious msimin breakfast and head out to expore the town. I soon reach the north end, pass through a very muddy open air market that's just starting to wake up, and then veer off on road that says "El Hammam"
So I head back into town, through a scattering of quite poor looking homes. A lot of people have their mattresses, blankets--even furniture spread out in front of their homes. No, it's not a garage sale--my bet is that it's mold and mildew. With all the precipitation and cold weather, these homes probably stay very damp all winter long--so they're obviously very happy to see a bit of sun...
Head back to the south end of town, climb to the top of the nearest hill to enjoy the panorama... I take one clip with snowy mountains in the background and one clip with the town in the background.
I've still got an itching to discover El Hammam, so head back again to the North End to see if there's any transportation heading that way...