Although far from the bivouac, the Gazelles didn’t sleep in, preferring to wake up early and leave at the first light of day. Their objective is to make up for lost time yesterday and reach all of today’s checkpoints. Most teams slept between checkpoints 4 and 5, and they have no time to waste to cover the remaining 180 km today. “We’re a bit disappointed about missing CP5 yesterday evening”, admit the Gazelles of Team 118 (Najate AHBABACH / Lineda ET-TAMIMI), who are still determined to “have a good day”. “We had a good night’s sleep, so it’s going even better than yesterday”, laughs Catherine of Team 124 (Catherine CHAUVIN / Anne ESTOUDRE), before explaining: “Today, we’re really sticking to our headings, and we’re doing exactly the right number of kilometres each time”. “And it’s even more motivating because we’re going pretty fast. And being with other Gazelles, that really helps”, emphasizes her teammate, Anne.
While some are in a hurry, that doesn’t stop Sophie and Stéphanie of Team 203 (Sophie LIOUST-BARDY / Stéphanie GOURLOO) from taking a coffee break at CP6. Several teams stop at this checkpoint to plot their points for the day and to chat about their night in the desert, which was more or less lively depending on where they camped. At the end of the leg, Claire of Team 186 (Claire SOLOGNY / Barbara BONNION), prefers not to go straight because “we want to avoid the mountain”. “It will work”, reassures Stéphanie of Team 203 (Sophie LIOUST-BARDY / Stéphanie GOURLOO). The advice of experienced Gazelles is often precious.
The second marathon day also offers a variety of scenery. “We went from bare rock to an oasis just by crossing a mountain. It’s impressive! And I thought the desert was just sand”, marvels Agnès of Team 600 (Marie BELINGARD / Agnès MOSSINA), delighted to be driving through these landscapes in an electric vehicle. Kristell of Team 161 (Andréa BEEL / Kristell PERRIGOT)shares her amazement : “This leg was like being on the moon!”