Closest ever to the Canary Islands -100km
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
53Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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We hadnt eaten lunch since Tan-Tan and it was going to get dark soon so we stopped off by some cliffs as the sea was some 50m from the road at most times. It was pot noodles time! We got some damaged pots out and heated some water. I hastily got my good camera and tripod out and started popping off some shots from the dodgy cliffs. Since we usually have very little time for things i snapped away as much as i could. In the meantime the gas had run out so we had to change the camping gaz cartridge. Dinner was served and the taste of home mixed with the surreal atmosphere certainly was interesting.
It had become dark and soon i found the drive worse than the previous day.. There were more lorries on the road but this time there were sand dunes that had made it into the road. This was extremely dangerous as some blocked an entire lane. If you saw one late and a lorry came the other way the consequences would be horrific. On many occasions some dunes caused some tight squeezes between lorries and the dunes. I could have taken some good shots but needed both hands on the steering wheel!
It must have been 9pm when we arrived at Tarfaya, pretty knackered as always and my fuel gauge was on red. Hope the local petrol station has some "Gazoile" left for the next day.
We parked up at the main street near the sea and sat down for something to eat. The streets were as always packed with men, all the women at home tucked away.
We were half-way through our local soup when a familiar face appeared! It was the guy we had bumped into in Essaouira, an old friend of Jays. We ordered some more food and of course, mint-tea. The Tagine we had was tiny but this time more delicious than ever as they had cooked the onions first, thus caramelizing them and adding some good flavour
We were joined by a big and heavy man in a equally big 1990 Mercedes car. This all gave some sort of authoritarian presence. He sat down and certainly behaved as such, i think he was some head of police but friendly nonetheless. He explained that his Mercedes was the only one powered by petrol in the whole of the south. This is quite odd since all vehicles here are diesel.
Our friend from Essaouira, simo who has a pretty lazy eye insisted on paying for the whole food. We tried to stop but he insisted, a very noble thing to do and quite unexpected! He also took us to a good hotel just around the corner that looked surprisingly expensive. He explained he knew the owner and that we could get a great deal. The place certainly was impressive. Clean, tidy and the most modern place i'd stepped into so far. It even had the latest model D-link wireless router in reception. Top class stuff really. We went upstairs and as usual there is always a bit of a mission to find which rooms are available as there never is a booking system. It turns out all rooms are full but upstairs an apartment is free