Janusry 24 2008.

After five days of riding through the warm Moroccan winter, the Globebusters / Motorcycle Outreach West Africa research expedition has reached the ancient Portuguese Port of Essaouira. Craig Carey-Clinch and Barbara Alam have covered nearly 700 miles on their BMW R1200GS bike, travelling through the impressive North African mountain areas of the Rif and Middle Atlas.

They have passed through the Berber mountain town of Chefchaouen, the Imperial city of Meknes and the vast Roman ruins at Volubilis, followed by the holy town of Moulay-Idriss, a place where the Muslim faithful can experience the Haj if Mecca is beyond their means.

This brought the British couple to the foothills of the Middle Atlas, where they made the long and twisty climb of several thousand feet through breathtaking mountain scenery to Azilal and then onto the spectacular waterfalls at the Cascades d'Ouzoude. Having descended into the traffic chaos and pedestrian anarchy of Marrakech, Craig and Barbara made the long ride to Essaouira, where they have rested for a day before heading south once again.

The next stage of their journey will take them to the Sahara Desert and towards their ultimate goal of Guinea-Bissau on the West Coast of Africa.

Find out more about the main expedition in December 2008 by calling the GlobeBusters Enquiry line on 08452 30415 or online at