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I just received my guide book for the trip to Spain and Morocco at the end of this month and into November. Typical hazards are donkeys, horses, dogs and camels, but gas in Morocco is the equivalent of $8/gal.

The trip will be around 1,800 miles divided between coastal Med scenic runs as well as mountain twisties visiting parts of the Sahara as well as World Heritage sights such as Roman Ruins.

I figure that the new RT will average 42 mpg so that will be an outlay around ~$350!

It's a small price to pay for an adventure to remember for the rest of my life.
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And in Norway, one gallon is today, saturday, at an average of $ 8,5. Not to mention a half litre of beer at an average og $ 12,5. And yes we complain too.

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And in Norway, one gallon is today, saturday, at an average of $ 8,5. Not to mention a half litre of beer at an average og $ 12,5. And yes we complain too.

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But Jostein, you don't have camels in Norway!

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But Jostein, you don't have camels in Norway!
In fact we do!! Not wild ones though, but a few farmers have them, and lama's too. But they're not natural habitants in our fauna.

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$8 - is that all? and your only doing 1800 miles ;-)))

If Morroco is anything like Tunisia and Libya watch out for sand drifting across the road. Small bridges often had their expansion joints missing or a sudden diversion round them. I do not class desert type roads as fun - the scenery is all the same, the road tends to be straight which you think would mean fast but there are too many hazards. We never rode at night.

Take care and have a good trip.

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And in Norway, one gallon is today, saturday, at an average of $ 8,5. Not to mention a half litre of beer at an average og $ 12,5. And yes we complain too.

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Jostein,

Are you allowed to make your own beer at home?

When I lived in Canada, there were lots of shops where you buy their ingredients, "rent" their professional equipment, and brew your own beer. If you didn't know what to make, you told them your favorite beer, and they would pull down a "recipe" card with the instructions to make something very similar.

You come back a couple weeks later to bottle it. It had no preservatives and tasted very fresh. It cost far less than the overtaxed commercial beer that you bought in the stores.

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Are you allowed to make your own beer at home?

When I lived in Canada, there were lots of shops where you buy their ingredients, "rent" their professional equipment, and brew your own beer. If you didn't know what to make, you told them your favorite beer, and they would pull down a "recipe" card with the instructions to make something very similar.

You come back a couple weeks later to bottle it. It had no preservatives and tasted very fresh. It cost far less than the overtaxed commercial beer that you bought in the stores.

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Well this is a lot off topic, but anyhow: Yes we are, but not with corn and malt if you're not a farmer who grows (or what you call it) his own corn. My late grandfather was an expert, and I'll guess that you in North Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota still find someone that brew the old Voss bear from Norway the way they did it in the older days. But we are not allowed to make our own "moonshine". That's strictly forbidden but many still doo.

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Paul,

The current price of a litre of 95 octane unleaded gas in Morocco is €1, around $ 1,35.

Current price in Spain is € 1,15, around $ 1,55

I can never remember if a US gallon is more than 4 lts or less.

Just found this, I suppose it is correct ?.

3.785411 liters per gallon (US)
4.54609 liters per gallon (UK)

If so, a US gallon of gas in Morocco is around $ 5 and in Spain $ 6.


Are you going on an organised trip. If so, which one ?.

Simon

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Are we actually supposed to feel sorry for this guy that's going on a bike trip through Spain and Morocco?! Yea ... RIGHT!!!


Paul, you whiner!!!


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Are we actually supposed to feel sorry for this guy that's going on a bike trip through Spain and Morocco?! Yea ... RIGHT!!!


Paul, you whiner!!!


Yup Joe, that's me. Sav'in my pennies, cashing in 30 years of frequent flier credits, taking it in the shorts with the dollar/euro and grinning all the way!
Checked the hotel digs from the list and they are really ****'s!

Check this out in Arfoud

or in Marrakech!
Then there are the Quads and the calming spa in the evening. I know you can see my tears.

Google Dades Valley for the Sedona of Morocco
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Paul,

The current price of a litre of 95 octane unleaded gas in Morocco is €1, around $ 1,35.

Current price in Spain is € 1,15, around $ 1,55

I can never remember if a US gallon is more than 4 lts or less.

Just found this, I suppose it is correct ?.

3.785411 liters per gallon (US)
4.54609 liters per gallon (UK)

If so, a US gallon of gas in Morocco is around $ 5 and in Spain $ 6.


Are you going on an organised trip. If so, which one ?.

Simon
Simon,
Sounds a bit easier on the accounts. I've ridden the Pyrenees with Iberian Moto Tours and decided to return for their Morocco Tour
After the first day the small group (usually less than 10) morphs into a great group. I still correspond with folks from the N Spain trip starting in Barcelona in '05.

The guides are multi-lingual and Scott Moreno (Managing Director) is a yank who has lived in Europe most of his life. He led the mountain ride and will also lead the N Africa trip.

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Paul, looks like a great trip.

I have been to Morocco twice on a bike and am provisionally planning on going again this Christmas for 10 days.

If you think I can give you any tips, please ask.

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[QUOTE=simoncharles]Paul, looks like a great trip.

I have been to Morocco twice on a bike and am provisionally planning on going again this Christmas for 10 days.

If you think I can give you any tips, please ask.

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Your location is Magaluf Palma?

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