My friend and I just took the "Enter the Atlas On Road" tour with Argan Extreme Sports. We were looking for some sightseeing and something a little more active outside of the hotel. This trip was perfect! As stated, it was great for "confident beginners." Neither of us ride regularly (actually hardly ever), but we are in OK shape. Hisham Ghourdmani was our tour guide and he was fabulous. Took us along at a pace that kept us moving but wasn't uncomfortable for any one. He really kept his eye on the group. We left for the ride at 9:00. It takes about an hour to get to the launch point. It's a very scenic drive, and CJ and Hisham can tell you all kinds of stories and fun facts on the way there and the way back. We were on the bikes by 10:15. We finished the ride at about 12:30. About 1/2 the ride is downhill, 1/4 is flat, and 1/4 is gradual hills. A couple of the hills may be a bit challenging if you don't ride often -- just give yourself some space between you and the next rider so you can get some momentum going and you can keep peddling up the other side. If you get stuck behind someone, and are not used to shifting, you may have to stop and walk your bike up the hill -- but it's not that far. -- and CJ followed the group all the way in the van, so if any one has problems, he can help, give you a ride or whatever. After the ride, we stopped at this great little Moroccan restaurant on the lake for lunch. We had salad, roasted chicked and vegetables tangine -- some of the best we'd had during the week. We were back at our hotel by 3:00 (you could stay longer and have a more leisurely lunch but we had to get back). Hisham and CJ were great and we'd definitely use them again.
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