Morocco

OverlandBirds in Morocco : 8000km of Good Project

16.12.2017

With some members of his association of off-roaders “OverlandBirds”, Neill Bird planed a one-month trip to Morocco in October 2017. From Liverpool to the Moroccan desert and gorges, Neill and Julie travelled more than 8000 kilometers. They were accompanied by their Land Rover called Henrietta, and other off-road enthusiasts. Feedback.

In 2009, Neill and Julie have decided to travel the world in Land Rover. Neill’s lifelong dream became reality one year later with a first long-trip covered 46 countries during 974 days. In order to prepare the second part of their round-the-world trip, Neill Bird bought a new Land Rover, a military ambulance named Henrietta.

October 1st, Neill, Julie and Henrietta crossed 1600 miles from England to southern Spain (Gibraltar) to meet other Overland teams and took the ferry to Tangiers. They were ready to begin the adventure!

From Tangier, they drove across original landscapes and superb historic cities and ruins like Volubilis, a partially Berber and Roman town, or the surprising ski resort of Ifrane, near Meknes. Neill and others lived some nice encounters: in a garage in Zagora, Neill gave to the nice local people BFGoodrich® stickers and sunglasses to pay Henrietta’s greasing.

Rain, lot of mud and fun driving : “The torrential rain generated puddles were still drying out and some of the sections of road were very muddy, very wet and very long. I think we must have had about 100 kilos of dried mud under the Henrietta we got home” laughs Neill. The more striking memory ? Cross a river about 2 meters deep. And also visit the fortified village of Aït Ben-Haddou (a place using loads of films like Jewel In The Nile, The Diving Daulights, Gladiator…)

In the South of Morocco, the landscape changed: welcome to the desert! «The one thing I wanted to see in all of Morocco on this trip was Gara Medouar and I'm not quite sure why, I think I've seen the picture somewhere? It was so beautiful » remembers Neill.

8000 kilometres and 830 liters of diesel later, it was time to run to the port, take the ferry again and cross Europe to return in England. Neill and Julie think about the next step with Henrietta: a full circuit of Europe to the East and back through into West Africa. Keeping his #DriverEnough spirit, Neill says: “After West Africa, I’m not sure where we’re going to go.” Who knows really where the next trip will be?

Do you have a driver's dream like Neill Bird and Julie?  Try to make it come true in the months ahead by filing your project application on http://www.bfgoodrich.co.uk/bfgoodproject/subscribe

It's quite strange going from normal life to overlanding life and it does take a bit of getting used to, we certainly wouldn't be getting that used to it in 3 weeks. Some of the things we drove up we're unbelievable.

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