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Published: March 9th 2016
Day 9 - Goodbye Merzouga, hello Todra Gorge
Another early morning, but today was different, no alarm, just Marcel! It was his wish to do the morning assault call! He did it well.
We were up and away very quickly. The camels were ready and waiting for us. We slowly trekked our way back across the Sahara to the hotel. It was about an hour trek. On the way we stopped to watch an amazing sunrise unfold across the horizon.
We arrived back at the hotel, I was not too cold in my body, as I was well wrapped up from head to toe.... But Awww.... My hands were like ice, I could barely move them!
We went in for breakfast, everyone went straight to the hot coffee. The first one was just to warm my hands, the second and third were to drink, but also enjoy! It was a very basic breakfast, but adequate!
Then we all went into the communal shower room to freshen up, and further warm up!
Everyone on the group gets on really well, do at this stage of the tour this was easy. In fact, we all chatted and
laughed, even dang whilst we got ready. We shared plugs and equipment, it was really harmonious. We are now a family group!
The bus was loaded by Mohammed. We set off for Todra Gorge. It will be a 5 1/2 hour journey in total.
We stopped for coffee. It is so nice to feel the warm sun on my skin again! It's been great to travel through the Atlas Mountains, and then the Sahara desert, but the feeling that you get from the warmth of the sun... Priceless!
Lunch stop was good. I had salad, Berber omelette, then fruit. It was really good. I was too cold to eat breakfast, then lunch was late today, so I was so hungry for a change.
We are staying in a hotel only two minutes from where we ate lunch. We got our keys and dropped our bags off before going for a walk along the Todra Gorge.
It was a lovely walk; we came off he road into an agricultural area. It consisted on many individual plots of land that are owned by many local families.
There was date palms, olive, almond, pomegranate, and fig trees,
beans, and so many other foods growing. We walked for about an hour. As we came to the end of the plots we climbed some steps which led us up to a Berber carpet cooperative. The carpets were just amazing. I didn't buy one, but did love them. My roomy, Heather, bought a big orange/red one and two small ones. A group of kids gathered outside, chatting and laughing with us all.
We drove into town for a beer and pharmacy stop before heading back to the hotel for dinner. It was quite a drive. We got huddled into a non-entry door, where all of the alcohol was stored! Tonight I will have a beer with my dinner!
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