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Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:58:44 am »
For 2013, the Desert Run will undergo some route changes, including a stopover at the famous Hakskeen pan where they are doing all the top speed records, and it will be missing Koes, opting instead to stay at the far more luxurious Auob lodge. The good news is that the riding will be less enduro-related, and more adventure bike friendly, plus there will be more interesting things to see along the way. Below is the whole press release:

Easter Namib Desert Run 2013

Easter Friday March 29 to Friday April 5 2013

Changes To The Route And Two New Stopovers, Including Hakskeen Pan.
Trip More Adventure Bike Friendly.

Kuruman, Hakskeen Pan, Auob Lodge, Windhoek, Swakopmund.


Entry forms and other details will be published later, but meanwhile we are getting out some good news early.
The route will be more adventure bike friendly, with the notorious sandy section Molopo to Rietfontein being left out altogether. Motocross bikes and quads are still encouraged to participate as there will still be the Molopo River section and Hakskeen Pan and dunes and trails and Auob and of course the dunes.
 We will also not stay at Molopo Hotel but will continue on to the famous Hakskeen Pan 60km further on, 20km before Rietfontein, where the Bloodhound car will be doing a thousand miles per hour (1610km/hr) sometime in 2013/2014.
We will substitute the usual Koes stopover with Auob Lodge, outside Gochas, and will thus have a shorter run to Windhoek.
Thereafter as usual through the awesome Khomas Hochland to Swakop and the usual programme.
A further change is that participants do their own booking at Swakop. See below.

First night, Friday March 29, 2013
Red Sands, 15km past Kuruman
Tel 05371 20039, 05371 20029
082 801 8882 Jakob wife Peggy
Redsands@spg.co.za
Chalets and camping.
 
Second night, Sat. March 30, 2013
Formerly we stayed at Molopo Hotel, near Askham.
This has changed to Hakskeen Pan, home of where the Bloodhound car will do 1610km/hr.
Camping will be on the edge of the pan in the clearings between the dunes. There will be lots of modern, clean toilets/showers.
Camping will be R100 each at Hakskeen, with no booking required. Tent hire and meals are being negotiated.
 
Third night, Sunday March 31, 2013
Formerly we stayed at Koes.
Changed to Auob Lodge, outside Gochas, Namibia.
Tel 00264 63 250101
auob@iway.na
Maureen De Villiers was very happy we are eventually coming  - “That will be stunning. 40% discount on bed and breakfast accommodation.” She will block book the whole place for the Desert Run but participants must make their own individual bookings.
R480 per person bed and breakfast - plus 40% discount.
Supper - set menu R80.
Camping R95 per person.
Also accommodation available at Gochas Hotel and at the Guest House 4km away.

Fourth night, Monday April 1, 2013
Arebbusch , Windhoek
Tel 00264 61 252255
reservations@arebbusch.com
Chalets, rooms and camping.
 
Tuesday April 2, 2013
Swakopmund
Our stayover, with most leaving on Friday April 5th, some on Thursday and some stay on longer.
Please make your own bookings. They have 2-bed and 4-bed chalets, 6-bed A-Frames and houses  with two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom, toilet, scullery and, ideal for those who work on their bikes a lot, a lock-up garage.Previously Bike SA block booked and did the allocations, but it had too many complications.
Tel 00264 64 410 4618/9/20
ikaufilwa@swkmun.com.na
prutz@swkmun.com.na
 
Adventure bikes encouraged.
The run will encourage more adventure bikes with  the notorious sandy route replaced with a route to Hakskeen Pan.
 

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2012, 11:33:10 am »
Mmmm, that is a disappointing step backwards.

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 12:03:15 pm »
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 12:15:19 pm »
Mmmm, that is a disappointing step backwards.

A change is as good as a holiday...... Let's wait and see, Jim. Looks nice to me!
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 01:14:16 pm »
Mmmm, that is a disappointing step backwards.

A change is as good as a holiday...... Let's wait and see, Jim. Looks nice to me!
I agree lets first see :thumleft:
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 01:38:57 pm »
Read somewhere that the Hakskeenpan stopover will coinside with the Kalahari speedweek. Is this correct ?
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 05:37:37 pm »
should be a nice ride
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 05:54:46 pm »
Sounds very interesting, I think making it more adventure riding friendly is a step in the right direction.. larger market, bigger success for the organisers

So far it looks nice to me, i wonder if I could get the time off.. what does it cost, how many km is it?
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2012, 05:56:20 pm »
Read somewhere that the Hakskeenpan stopover will coinside with the Kalahari speedweek. Is this correct ?

Apologies, JK, but the Desert Run won't coincide with Speedweek. We will, though, have most of 19km of pan to play on.
 

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2012, 07:14:17 am »
It has always been adventure bike friendly, surely?
 

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2012, 07:29:59 am »
Sounds very interesting, I think making it more adventure riding friendly is a step in the right direction.. larger market, bigger success for the organisers

So far it looks nice to me, i wonder if I could get the time off.. what does it cost, how many km is it?

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2012, 08:53:19 am »
Sounds very interesting, I think making it more adventure riding friendly is a step in the right direction.. larger market, bigger success for the organisers

So far it looks nice to me, i wonder if I could get the time off.. what does it cost, how many km is it?

Ja probably is a step in the right direction as far as the organizers goals are concerned, ie to grow the event by attracting bigger numbers.

Pretty much the same as the bike manufacturers moving in the right direction by making their big adventure bikes more road orientated and full of electronic gadgetry in order to sell more bikes and maximise profits.

Great for the shareholders but kark for the old school enthusiast
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2012, 08:59:51 am »
I think the last Desert run I did was in 2006 , I have done 5 or 6 of them and enjoyed the event , but towards the end the quads just pissed me off , they are a nuisance .

Get rid of the quads and I will be back.
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2012, 11:22:38 am »
I have only done 1 and was with the 600 ZAR , and then the big gravell roads did not do much for me. But would love to do this now with the 990, but would have also been very lekke if it consided with the speedweek.
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2012, 05:06:41 pm »
Sounds very interesting, I think making it more adventure riding friendly is a step in the right direction.. larger market, bigger success for the organisers

So far it looks nice to me, i wonder if I could get the time off.. what does it cost, how many km is it?

Ja probably is a step in the right direction as far as the organizers goals are concerned, ie to grow the event by attracting bigger numbers.

Pretty much the same as the bike manufacturers moving in the right direction by making their big adventure bikes more road orientated and full of electronic gadgetry in order to sell more bikes and maximise profits.

Great for the shareholders but kark for the old school enthusiast

It's only the sandy road going past the old pan that has been removed from the route. It isn't far, so if your group still want to do it on your own you are welcome to.

I think the last Desert run I did was in 2006 , I have done 5 or 6 of them and enjoyed the event , but towards the end the quads just pissed me off , they are a nuisance .

Get rid of the quads and I will be back.

With the recession came the demise of the quad market, and thus there are far fewer quads than five or six years ago. Plus the new route is less ideal for quads and more so for adventure bikes.
 

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2012, 07:04:55 pm »
It has always been adventure bike friendly, surely?

Agreed, have been to a few.  I have since grown a negative attitude towards riding in dust, so I avoid anywhere I see the word "quad".  The Desert run route and playground and a lot more than that is open to all, all year round.  It is a great trip if you like the crowds and spirit of the Desert Run.
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012, 08:12:30 am »
@ 2SD

Wat kos die dessert Run
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012, 08:41:22 am »
I'm hoping to have my new 1190 for this ride , going to be awesome
 

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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2013, 12:05:53 am »
So I see that the entry forms are out for the 2013 Desert Run! :ricky:
Who of the dogs are going?

As its more Adventure bike friendly? And :pot: I am in SA :biggrin: Thought might do another Run.
Did it 2 times on a quad. So maybe a bike this time.

So :sip: Any dogs going?
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Re: Changes to Desert Run – more adventure orientated
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2013, 05:15:18 am »
Lyk of die roete toevallig omtrent dieselfde roete is wat ek einde verlede jaar gery het.
Wonder of party deelnemers nie die roete n bietjie "sag" gaan vind na Rietfontein nie.
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