The daughters of Agné Telycenaite and Astrid Decourcelles are in the same class at Béthune in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. At the school gates, where the mums wait for their children, animated discussions revolve around cars and mechanics.
Agné is from Lithuania. A huge fan of motor sports, and following a discussion with her partner, she had a lightbulb moment: Why shouldn’t she do a car rally? She just had to choose one. She opted for the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc. She began to prepare, but at the last minute her Gazelle could no longer continue the adventure with her. At the same time, she lost her dog. Astrid noticed that Agné seemed to be in low spirits and went to her house to check on her. By the end of the evening, Astrid had said yes. Yes to leaving for Morocco in extremis with Agné, and yes to being gone two weeks when her daughter was only 8 months old.
This year marks their second Rallye, and they hope to do it again in 2022. Their daughters are proud of their mothers. At school, the teacher shares the route, their progress, information about Morocco and more with the class every day. Agné and Astrid also give presentations about their adventure at the school. This year, 2 classes helped them to decorate their tent: 50 students drew a hand with their name in it on the tent cover. At the entrance to the tent, when it comes time to sleep under the stars of the Moroccan desert, is it their daughters’ hands that are right before their eyes.