Brilliant blue skies with red Grand Canyon style rock, capped off with snowy Atlas peaks. Some of the tiny groups of dwellings you find in the middle of nowhere seem to have grown up out of the ground and have an ancient feel to them.
But even when miles from anywhere, you find locals walking camels or goats across the terrain. All the locals are genuinely pleased to see you there especially on the bikes and waved excitedly as you pass by. Probably from the Dakar days when the rally passed through those parts.