Morocco part #2
We rode out of a nice campground south of Marrakesh, headed for Rabat and the embassies we needed to visit to inquire about obtaining visas at the borders of some of the next countries we will be visiting.
We also needed to go to Casablanca to get a Yellow Fever vaccinations and the associated Yellow Card to prove that we had received the vaccination. Some of the next countries will not allow entrance without the Yellow Card.
I asked a great many people and did a LOT of research about how to get by without having to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination….and I came up empty handed. I could find no way around it.
I can’t even begin to tell you how we hate having to get this (or any) vaccination!!!! What they put in ALL vaccinations scares us…and it should you also…..mercury, MSG (which are both severe neurotoxins!!) to name just two poisons. Some vaccinations have caused people to become sterile on a massive scale, and a recent polio vaccination program in Africa …well read about it below:
Excerpt from Shane Ellison, MS ( www.thepeoplechemist.com)
But mountains of evidence shows that the vaccine is risky as hell, especially when you consider that the risk of paralysis from polio infection is less than 1% of those infected! The Medical Journal of Australia discovered “the relation of prophylactic inoculations [polio vaccines] to the onset of poliomyelitis [polio]” as far back as 1951! In a 2004, The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that despite a three billion dollar effort, “ten previously polio-free countries across Africa have now been reinfected.” Later in 2007, entitled “Nigeria Fights Rare Vaccine-Derived Polio Outbreak,” Reuters showed how the vaccine itself ignited outbreaks of polio in Nigeria, Chad and Angola. According to The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, the polio vaccine program launched by Bill Gates paralyzed 47,500 children in 2011 alone. Indian doctors pleaded, “clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis, non-polio acute flaccid paralysis was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received.”
I have known about the dangers of all vaccinations for many years….so---to be as polite as I can here----you might say that we were somewhat less than enthralled about having to do this.
We arrived at the I’institut Pasteur du Maroc in Casablanca just before the evening closure of the vaccination wing. The line was short and we had our vaccination, and the Yellow Card, and were back on our bikes in 30 minutes~!! That was the good part. Then everything went south......way south.
We camped at a campground between Casablanca and Rabat, ready to go on to Rabat and the embassies the next morning….and the next morning Lana woke up very sick. Vertigo, fever, nausea, vomiting, and overall weakness…..all courtesy of the yellow fever vaccination!! She was unable to navigate to the restroom unassisted and even then it was not easy.
She made slight improvements everyday but she was sick for five days. The morning of day six she was noticeably improved but, because she was so week, it was a real difficult for her to walk more than a few hundred yards…and I had to be right beside her. (Movement is one of the keys in keeping your lymph glands stimulated to assist in the detox process). But by day seven she was her normal self….well almost. She was still pretty weak and not much energy…………..Then I got sick, but not near as bad as Lana had been. (Thank GOD we were not both sick at the same time!!!). I too was sick for five days. But after seven days I started getting better but it still took a few more days for me to feel real good.
So we missed about 10 days of operational time. After Lana was able to ride her bike (and during the time that I was sick) we did make two rides into Rabat to see about visas (a two + hour round trip). The second ride was a big mistake…We should have stayed in camp. By the time we got back I was in very bad shape.
Our youngest daughter is in school studying to be a naturopathic doctor, and she has written a research paper on the very serious negative side effects of vaccinations. She told us that her research shows that the vaccinations are made in the USA, and when they get what they call a “hot batch” (which causes the most severe negative side effects) it is what is shipped to other countries….like Morocco. No wonder we got so sick!!!
Here are a few random photos that I took which you might be interested in:
Above & Below----Surf Fisherman
Some fresh food we bought at a roadside stand...for less than $15 USD
A surf fisherman's transportation to the beach
In Rabat we had found out that we can get our visas for Mauritanian at the border but we decided to get them at the Mauritanian Embassy in Rabat, operating on the theory that “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. It only took three trips to Rabat to get it done. The first ride was for not…..as the embassy was supposed to be open on that Tuesday but they decided to remain closed for a holiday that fell on Monday…welcome to Africa!!
If you are reading these blogs to get ideas and information about traveling through Africa, then please pay close attention to the following:
Most visa applications in Africa require that you give them the border crossing location that you will use, and the date that you will cross the border. Do NOT cut it too close on your border crossing date (that you must list on your visa application, hence it is on your visa) Lets say, for instance, that you plan to cross the border from Morocco into Mauritania on 25 February and your Morocco visa expires on 30 February. That gives you five days….plenty of time right? NO!! What happens if, before you get to the border crossing, you break down and it takes a few days to fix your bike or vehicle, have a couple of flat tires, get in a sand storm for a few days, get lost, etc. etc. etc? Now you are late and some places will not let you cross if you are late. (Most will not let you cross if you are early…..like Mali) Now you arrive at the border on 30 February and for any number of reasons they do not let your cross…..you are five days late, there is something wrong with your paperwork, they don’t like how you look, etc. etc. And now your Morocco visa has expired. Now what? Can you get it renewed at the border? Probably not, because your passport has not been stamped into another country first. (You can renew your 90 day Morocco visa if you leave the country and have a stamp in your passport that shows you left Morocco.) If you can’t get your Moroccan visa renewed at the border, and you can’t get into Mauritania….. Where do you go? You are stuck in “no man’s land”. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for unforeseen things that might come up…..because they will~!!! Remember this is Africa…not America.
For a couple of weeks, after a long enough ride to warm my bike up real good, we had been able to smell antifreeze when I stopped it. This happened after I had changed the radiator hoses in Spain and installed the new Silicon hoses. So naturally I thought that it was a hose leaking. However after a real lot of looking I could not find anywhere that there was a leak.
And then the other day I found it. The bottom inside radiator mounting bracket on the aluminum radiator was weeping…not even a drip, just a weep. It was very difficult to see but it was definitely the problem. There is no doubt that it will get worse if I do not get it fixed. What to do about it was the next obvious question.
I called my good friend Steve Attleson, who owns ATEC Marine in Kenai, Alaska. Steve’s company is the largest aluminum boat builder in Alaska. He said that the best way to fix it is to find someone that can TIG weld aluminum…..
That might be a challenge in Morocco!! I have put out a few inquiries. We will see what comes up. Where there is a will there is a way!!! Improvise, adapt and overcome!! If I can’t find a TIG welder then I have a plan B.
Lana found a Kawasaki shop in Casablanca and we took my bike there. I had to order the valve adjusting shims from the USA…which took four days to get. They were also able to have the radiator gas welded and pressure tested.
In the mean time I was able to help a man with ALS, a women with debilitating back pain, a man with a very messed up neck, and a woman who can’t sleep for more than four hours in a row….and a few other people. GOD is very good at making these divine appointments~!!!
Being in Morocco has so far been a great experience, with many things to learn and see. Here are a few:
The Moroccan people do not pronounce Morocco like the west does….with an “O” sound on the end of the word. They call it Maroc…with no “O” sound on the end of the word
The same goes for the city of Marrakesh. They pronounce it Marrak-ish
It doesn’t take you long to get past a city to find a far less affluent population…as in dirt poor. Of course there are many (financially) poor people in the cities as well. It is just that outside of the cities in rural areas it is very prevalent….I.E. there is a far greater overall percentage of poor people vs. more affluent people living outside of the cities in smaller communities
The Moroccan people are very tolerant of Christians and we have found that there is a large part of the Moroccan people who celebrate Christmas….both Muslim and Christian alike
There are a lot of Moroccans that are Christians
The Muslims and Christians get along very well with each other
There are Christmas decorations in the huge Morocco Mall in Casablanca (the largest mall in Africa), on some streets, on the outside of homes, in homes.
They sell Christmas decorations in the bigger stores and gift wrap your presents
Some Muslim people that we were invited to stay with asked us to attend their family Christmas party. There was a Christmas tree with a Star of David on it and the family exchanged presents. They had a five course meal—that was out of this world—and when they served desert, 5 or 6 different cakes, they sang happy birthday to Jesus!!!
The entire Christmas thing was a big surprise for us.
No one can put on a dinner party like Moroccans~!!!!! We have never eaten such good food……like fresh squeezed strawberry juice and fresh squeezed mango juice.
My bike will be done in a couple of days and then we head for Mauritania. Later I will make another blog post of our ride out of Morocco, and through Western Sahara as we make our way across that portion of the Sahara Desert on our way to the Mauritania border. Stay tuned…the real adventure is about to begin....The Sahara Desert~!! More photos below
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Here are a few more random photos:
A Shepard grazing his sheep along the coast
Baiting his hook with the stomach out of a fish. Their hooks do not have an eye for the line. Instead the hook has a flat tab where the eye would be and they tie a knot around the shank of the hook so that it will not slip over the tab.
A bird about to get wet
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