We departed on schedule the next day (27th) and the road to Casablanca was the perfect warm-up back into cycling after such a long break. The scenery was beautiful and the weather perfect. We took the coastal road that joins Rabat to Casablanca. It was an easy 90km and we stayed over that the youth hostel in Casablanca. Nice place, unfriendly staff!
Some parts of the coastal road felt very much like sections of southern France (that section between Biarritz and Hendaye). Even though Rabat is the capital of Morocco, you get the sense that all the wealth and power is located between Rabat and Casablanca. The streets are clean and lined with official residences and palatial estates. There is a strong military and police presence throughout the area. Everyone is friendly and it feels like Western Europe.
Today was our 2nd day on the road (after the long break) and we're now focused on catching up with Corina, Mark and Pablo. Pablo is in the desert somewhere,and Corrina and Mark have just arrived at Essaouira (about 300km further South).They'll be meeting up with Pablo somewhere after Agadir and we'll have to meet up somewhere between there and Tan-Tan.
My knee issue which plagued me during my training year (before the trip started) has just miraculously made a comeback. That's what 14 days of rest does. I'm hoping it sorts itself out in the next day or two and doesn't get any worse. It's a patella tracking issue caused by muscle imbalances. I know how to fix it, but it takes a while (squats and lunges every day for about a week). Uhhhhh. Not looking forward to that.
Photos of the past 2 days follow.