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Our push for Casablanca has seen us back on schedule. It is now a rest day or two in Casablanca for the team and also time for some personnel changes. Colin is leaving and heading back to work. Martin, Chris and Ester have come out for moral support and are to enjoy Casablanca and Morocco. And Old man of the Sea, Olly Jay, my paddling partner is heading out. He has been running the sea kayak storm gathering in Northumberland and owns www.active4seasons.co.uk (his kayak, canoe and adventure business) I have to wake early and get to the van by 8.00am as it is now on a parking meter. I load the machine and pay the guardian who has been patrolling next to the van.
I grab breakfast in the hotel and watch as a stream of sportsmen and women from the Congo arrive for Breakfast and are heading out for some sort of tournament. As it happens I am the only European in the room and do get a few looks. The lads finally arrive and we discuss plans for getting Colin from the Hotel to the airport. He flies at 11.30. We get directions from the hotel staff who have to ask someone and we set sail in the madness of the morning rush hour traffic.
We are tight for time and everyone is tense, which direction? Will Colin make it ? We drive a couple of roads and then ask a Policeman. He says head in the opposite direction. Which advice do we follow? We follow us and soon we are making a U –turn and driving back the other way. It is busy and we are dodging cars, vans, lorries and all manner of obstacles to get out of the city and on the highway. We manage it and Colin is pushing the envelope, Mach 2, Mach 3 and Stop, a police speed trap.