Headed north again we were on a mission now to get the ferry in 2 days time so that we can arrive back in Marbella on Sunday for our tire oil changes booked for Monday morning.
We had to get past Casablanca for sure and to do this we did take the toll road to get past as fast as possible. We made for Mohammadia in 391 KM and the camping L’Ocean Blue.
This is a small and not that nice camp place, but they do have wifi!
Today again we are booking it 270 KM north to Asilah.
We stopped in Moulay Bousselham for lunch and a break and then made the last 90 km.
This is a very nice clean town on the water. The people here are the friendliest we have met.
The pricing here is also much lower than the rest of the places we have been. They do not seem jaded here at all by the tourists. The guys stopped for a proper shave for 2 Euros.
We found a nice hotel near the pedestrian zone and 2 blocks form the old walled city.
Getting up early today we took the toll road directly from Asilah to Tangier MED in 90 km.
Arriving at the dock you show your ticket at the gate and then proceed to “check-in”. Here you get your ticket. We arrived at 10 for the 12 ferry. You then proceed to the gate and show your ticket. Next you drive following the Auto Access signs to the second gate where you are given a tourist card to fill in. From here you go to the police booth, where they want your passport and tourist card. The next booth is customs, where they want you TVIP. They stamp it and give you 1 copy. Then you follow the signs again. There is a huge X-ray machine for vehicles. Stop before this and the agent will open the gate so you do not go thru the machine! Then proceed to your port number. Here there are an incredible number of big trucks loaded on to the ferry. You show your ticket for the agent to scan. When boarding the police will again check your passport.
The crossing takes 90 minutes and so we had time for a nap in the sun. We were not sure what to expect with immigration and the customs for the bikes after our experience at the Madrid airport. Technically there should be no issue. We Drove off the bikes and followed the signs to the exit. You are stopped at passport control where they scan your passport. They continue to follow the exit signs. “Welcome” to Europe!
We headed back to our nice little hotel in Algeciras where the first beer is free! Again we did a quick change and drove the 21 km to Gibraltar. We had time to drive around the rock and thru the tunnel. We hit the duty free liquor stores and had great Indian food again.