After a refreshing night in Fès – I love riads – we left for a full ay along the diesel line bewteen Fès and Taourirt. Weather was looking great and we headed straight to the region where we left the day before: the barrage Idriss 1ier. The chosen photo location was top class. Blue lake, hills, and underneath the recent bridge you can see the bridge of old alignment of the railway line. What will make us remember this location even more, is the encounter with a railway employee while waiting for the train. Very friendly man, and once he learned that we’re Belgian, he started shouting “Roi Baudouin”. Constantly. Even from inside the bridge deck, where he had to work. Hilarious :).
After this photo it was time for lunch already. Grilled sheep on a nice terrace. Just rather strange that a guy in a long coat, holding a knife, kept on circling in front of the terrace. The meat tasted good though, and the coke was refreshing.
Next two photos we took around the blue lake again, before heading further east. There we would apparently have a chance of finding DF100-hauled freight. Of course we stopped for the passenger trains heading our way.
The night we spent in Nador – after we couldn’t find a place to sleep in Taourirt. No hotels, really. It forced us to drive at night, something which a station master strongly advised against only the night before, due to the risk of bandits at night. So far our good intentions of only driving during daytime anymore. But it was probably better than sleeping in the car.