I sat down on the seat beneath me and watched the activity below. Two others were attempting to lift that heavy Triumph motorcycle from its side. My left hand had the clutch engaged as my bike was still in gear. I was uncertain whether to join them at the bottom of the small hill. It would be a good opportunity to calm down after the wild ride since getting off-road. My Harley had pulled strongly to the left and I nearly crashed when I rode off the trail, but managed to retain control. I breathed deeply as I waited. The air was so crisp in the Atlas Mountains but it had a hint of something in it. Reminded me of summer barbecues. We must be very close to the end of the first day.
The other members of my group had gotten the Triumph upright. It’s name reflected the low hanging sun. It was probably 7pm by now. The heat of the desert no longer as suffocating. One of the others suddenly seemed to remember me and turned in my direction. He waved me down. I nodded as I readied my stomach for the food that was coming my way.
The engine roared softly as I rolled down the hill. The bike wiggled on the sand as it picked up speed. This was typical so I didn’t worry. As I got near the bottom, I gave more gas to help the heavy bike make it through the deep sand. The bike surprised me however. It jerked hard to the left practically leaping into the sky and throwing me off it like a bronco in a rodeo. I flew in the air in slow motion uncertain what had happened. When I hit the ground though, there was no question what had happened. I had ended my journey.
A three hour hour trip in an African ambulance, 1AM X-rays at a public hospital and a long taxi ride back to the airport and before I knew it, I was headed home. My exotic adventure lay in ruins.
I hope you enjoyed that little blurb. I’d like to tell you that is more of my fiction, but unfortunately that’s the summation of my trip to Morocco.
Life throws curveballs so you better learn to hit them. After a rough couple of months, I’m getting it put back together. I’m glad you’ve joined me for this journey.
If you want to hear more about my short African adventure, do let me know.