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Old 07-15-2012, 05:32 AM   #31
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Fantastic stuff, well done!
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:30 AM   #32
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I enjoyed this report immensely! Thank you for taking the time to share it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 AM   #33
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awsome!! living the dream i wanna ride some place with monekys
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:59 PM   #34
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Bump for an really great thread, pics and narrative, top-notch! Wish I could do this event!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:31 AM   #35
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:41 PM   #36
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Next Raid Passion Desert Maroc

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.... Wish I could do this event!
The next instance of the "Raid Passion Desert Maroc" will be from April 29 to May 9, 2013, see:

http://www.sudexpe.com/raid-passion-desert-maroc.html

I'm aware that Morocco isn't exactly around the corner from Austin, Texas ;-) But I'm sure there is great riding in Texas, too ! Btw, Morocco is as safe as it gets in Africa, in case anyone is really thinking of going there.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:30 PM   #37
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This was awesome! I missed seeing it the first time 'round.

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Old 05-20-2013, 05:58 AM   #38
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Raid Passion Desert Maroc 2013 Edition

This years edition of the "Raid Passion Desert Maroc" was from April 29 to May 9. It went from Ifrane in the Middle Atlas mountains to Agadir on the Atlantic coast, covering 3'000 kilometers of mountain and desert pistes in 11 days.

I participated on my KTM 350 EXC-F again. The 2013 edition was tougher than last year for a number of reasons. First, the distance was about 500 kilometers longer. Second, there were 11 days of riding without a rest day (last year there were only 10 days). Third, the weather was a bit crazy. The first three days in the Atlas mountains were very cold with temperatures between 0 and 6 degrees celsius. The later stages in the desert were very hot, with 42 degrees and no shade at all in the open desert. On one day there was a sand storm for several hours with visibility down to 50 meters. On the last day there was thick fog on the coast with equally bad visibility.

For me the highlights were crossing the dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Chegaga, each one about 20 to 25 kilometers of sand dunes. Another highlight was riding the full length of Plage Blanche. Plage Blanche is 35 kilometers of completely flat sand beach on the Atlantic ocean. I never thought that riding in a straight line can be this much fun.

This year there were about 50 riders from (mostly) France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, and one guy from Kuwait. All in all another great experience that led us to corners of Morocco that would be next to impossible to find on a solo trip.

Here are some pictures of this years ride.


View from my office while crossing the dunes of Erg Chegaga:




Riding on Plage Blanche:




View from the 2900 meter high Tizi-n-Ouano pass towards the canyon of the Dades river:




I'm not planning to write a full ride report for this years RPDM, as it would be just more of the same of the 2012 edition. However, for those who are interested, here are my pictures from this years raid:

http://fechfech.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...Passion-Desert

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Old 05-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #39
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AWESOME pictures and RR! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:56 PM   #40
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Thank you for the nice pictures and the write up. Very inspiring
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:44 AM   #41
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Thank you for your complete ride report!!
I dream to participate a raid like this!!!
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:46 AM   #42
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Very nice write up and photos... The videos are a great complement to the story also. Nicely done
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:23 AM   #43
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Just stumbled upon this thread. What an awesome ride! Great report! Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:04 PM   #44
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Excellent pics, i hope i can visit Maroc next year! You're report gave me a lot of ideas where to go! Thank You!
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