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Plymouth-Banjul Update No.5

6 January 2007
Today’s drive took them out of the relative comfort of Morocco and into the disputed territories of Western Sahara. They drove for 9½ hours and reached Laayoune. Laayoune is the largest city of the territories and home to about a third of the population. Wilfred

Located to the north of Western Sahara, it is surrounded by desert and sand dunes – the guys narrowly missed a herd of camels on their way there! There are now 7 cars in their convoy.

Alex and Roadside


01 2007

Plymouth-Banjul Update No.4

4 January 2007
Now in Marrakesh (although a day late because of the attempt to reach Imilchil yesterday). They are booked into a good hotel with some of the other teams and chilling out before heading off to the main square for the evenings entertainment.

The main Marrakesh square called Djemma el-Fna comes to life at night with dozens of food stalls, dancers, musicians, snake charmers, story tellers etc they should have fun!

Dinner Time in Marrakech

5 January 2007
They are now in Agadir, with a few of the other teams resting before the journey into Western Sahara tomorrow. They had an easy drive from Marrakesh today.


01 2007

Plymouth-Banjul Update No.3

3 January 2007
Whilst they had hoped to reach the small town of Imilchil, in the Atlas mountains, they found that the roads were too bad to go that way and after a lot of driving around the Atlas Mountains ended up at Beni Mellal (about 200km from Marrakesh).


Whilst the roads are bad, they reported Wilfred is doing well!


Tomorrow on to Marrakesh!



01 2007

Plymouth-Banjul Update No.2

1 January 2007
Rest day and a visit to Gibraltar with team ‘keep the meter running’ that are doing the challenge in a black cab. Had fun and saw the wild monkeys! Resting for a long day tomorrow.

The Banjul Gang

2 January 2007
Early start for the ferry journey over to Morocco. After a bit of customs confusion on the ferry, they were able to set off into Morocco. They reached Meknes and camped there the night. Apparently an Austrian film crew are there filming some of the rally participants, so the guys should be included in the footage.


01 2007

Plymouth-Banjul Update No.1

28 December 2006
The guys left just before 7am. Crossed from Dover to Boulogne and started the long drive down to Clermont Ferrand, only to discover that Wilfred (the Vitara) shook violently over 55mph once fully loaded. They decided to stay below 55mph. Reaching their accommodation later than expected they found they had been locked out of the hotel – they did eventually get in and had to share a double bed. They say it’s very cold in France.

Alex at Dover29 December 2006
Driving through France, over the Millau bridge in the Massif Central mountains (which is more than 300m high, taller than the Eiffel Tower). Last news I heard was that they were trying to cover as much distance as they could today and will be in Spain at least as far as Barcelona, but hopefully Valencia by nightfall.

30 December 2006
The guys continued driving all night and arrived in Tarifa at 10am this morning after 26 hours on the road. They covered 1000 miles since leaving Clermont Ferrand yesterday morning. After some very cold driving through the night they were pleased to find a warmer climate here! They were the first team to arrive in Tarifa so got their room in the hotel! Now some of the other teams are gradually arriving. They’ll get some rest days in Tarifa until they leave for Morocco on the 2nd January.

The route…


Banjul Route Map


12 2006