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    Day 1.314 – My Luck With Luc & Lucia (UK)

    Sidi Ifni -> Tiznit
    Distance (km) : 75
    Time on bike : 4h 12m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 15.30
    Avg : 17.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 72.2
    Total (km) : 57.398
    Altitude: 224 m
    Difficulty: 2½

    I’m back. This time with more photos, less verbal crap.

    Sidi Ifni morning

    As my Michelin map promised it’s to be a beautiful cycling day along the Atlantic coast north of Sidi Ifni. It’s a winding road with endless smaller ups and downs and the wind is up and running – luckily mostly my way today, and thus a fraction of the imbalance on the wind-fairness-barometer (don’t worry, it only exists in my book) vanishes.

    Legzira Beach, north of Sidi Ifni

    Legzira Beach

    Coastal cycling south of Mirleft...

    Mirleft's northern beaches...

    The social highlight of the day (month?) is Luc & Lucia, a French/Italian couple who flag me down in the middle of nowhere from their rental car. I stop. Are You Nicolai?, Luc, the driver asks me. There’s no denying that and it soon turns out that Luc’s been following my journey for quite a while (since somewhere in Asia, as I recall it), and now we happen to meet south of Mirleft. We have a great, mentally uplifting (on my part) chat, they hand me biscuits and wet towels (with a sweet cucumber scent that has highly enlightened the inside life of my right front pannier! Thanks, Lucia) and then we part again.

    Luc & Lucia...

    Great beach south of Mirleft

    On the road to Tiznit...

    Guy on Motobecane moped

    I’m practically flying the last 15 km to Tiznit, thanks to a heavy-duty tailwind that I’ve been dreaming about for months. Fists air pumping, smile wide. I just feel like keep going through the night, but settle down in Tiznit, at the fine Hotel Touristes inside the city walls where I stayed back in December 2005 as well. Nostalgia rules.

    Tiznit City Wall

    Veiled up!

    By chance, I run into Luc and Lucia tonight again, so we find a restaurant and let the hours roll pleasantly by while we talk and talk and talk and the company’s great. At the end of the night, Luc suddenly hands me to large banknotes and explains they won’t need them since they are going back to Dublin, Ireland (where they live/work) the following day. I’m positively flabbergasted, somehow hesitantly accept the very kind offer (and God bless you both) and then we part again. Heart full – and wallet less thin.

    Tiznit sunset hour...

    On this day..


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