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At 6:00 PM
previous day's journalOctober 5–6, 1997next day's journal
Sunrise (local): 6:14 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:52 p.m.
85°F steady rain
Traveled Since Oct. 4
38 (10/5) + 60 (10/6) mi
60 + 97 km

363 mi / 584 km
Lat: 34° 10' 36" N
Lon: 02° 55' 21" W
Elev: 33 ft / 10 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from October 5 to October 6. The almanac data refers to October 6.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Kaceta click to view a map (10/5) / Nador click to view a map (10/6)
Where We're Staying: "Café Restaurant Hotel" (Kaceta) / Hotel Al Mahatta (Nador)
Places We Visited: Bicycle-only days &mdash no visits
Featured Site: Top of the hill (10/5) / Dry cleaner in Nador (10/6)
Person of the Day: Driss Bouzaâchane click to view a photograph
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: Moroccan Crush
Breakfast: croissant & coffee (10/5) / bananas & coffee (10/6)
Lunch: cookies, bread & Crush both days
Dinner: various grilled bits of beef, eggs, tomatoes, onions, and bread
Olive Count: 171
Word of the Day: Akai mLih ntchekarich audio means "Fine, thank you" in northern Berber dialect.
Tech Fact of the Day: "Gravity — it's not just a good idea, it's the law." Obviously it affects biking by keeping you on the saddle and the tires on the road, but it makes the most noticeable difference when you start riding up a hill. On the flats, wind resistance determines how hard it is to pedal (the faster you go, the more wind resistance you face). But riding uphill you are fighting against gravity much more than you are the wind (think of how slowly you are moving). It's all about weight: The heavier you and your bike are, the more it wants to roll down the hill, hence the harder it is to power it up a hill. Want to climb hills faster? Lose weight. Or, as necessary and fantastic as they are for what we have to do, don't take a trailer with you.
Flat Count: 1
Broken Spoke Count: 2
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