Some teams found the beginning of the morning rather easy, and were even able to enjoy the scenery…
Jennifer Kalka of Team 102 (Jennifer KALKA / Claudia MARTIN)admits that she doesn’t take enough time to admire the desert. She is aware that she is incredible lucky to be here. After her last rally, when she saw the images on TV, that’s when she realized how beautiful they were. She even said to herself: “It’ so beautiful… To think that I was there, among those landscapes, but I didn’t really see them.” This year she wants to make up for lost time.
Thinking they had not hit checkpoint 1, which was virtual, the 2 Gazelles preferred to turn back to make sure. An extra 40 km round trip, but too bad: without CP 1, the others wouldn’t count, because they have to be done in order. Better safe than sorry…
Between CP5 and 6: watch out for the sand
Team 274 (Manon WOITELLIER / Ingrid LABOUTE)gets stuck in the sand and is assisted by Team 260 (Fatym LAYACHI / Clémence LABATUT)under the amused gaze of some desert nomads. With a good technique, it doesn’t take them long to get out. Relieved to have managed so quickly, they hug each other and promise to get together that evening to share a drink.
To avoid the penalty of an assistance call, Teams 160 and 231 have been trying for an hour to get out of the sand, linked together by a tow strap. They finally make it to the next CP around 3:30, overjoyed that they managed to do it alone. Good job, ladies!
This “easier day” proved to have its share of challenges, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome with a good dose of solidarity: that’s the Gazelle spirit!