efore the Dakar Rally moved out of Africa, mighty Morocco was regarded as the most brutal section of the world’s most difficult race. Battling 600 miles of treacherous terrain over three days and 130°F heat in the Sahara Desert, many entrants never got to set their wheels beyond the North African sand dunes. But ever since the world’s toughest rally put the country on the global adventure map, conquering its 13,000-foot-tall snow-capped mountain ranges and coming face-to-face with a Bedouin tribe (some as large as 3,000 tents and 80,000 camels) is on many riders’ bucket list. I’m no different, so I grabbed the chance to go for a week-long blast along the country’s best roads with Wheels of Morocco—an official BMW Travel Partner company, and one of very few options in this part of the world. There were twisting mountain passes, flowing dirt roads, river crossings, and a night in the dunes of the Sahara—with camels and scorpions as companions. There was also plenty of sweet mint tea, bustling souks, street food vendors offering all sorts of stomach-churning concoctions, tree-climbing goats, monkeys, snake charmers, and consistent calls to prayer from minarets.