Shared moments and conviviality
The solution? For several teams to follow each other, to be able to intervene and help any team that gets stuck. That is what teams 118,119, 138 and 209 decide to do. Except that to drive together, you have to agree on the navigation… The herd of Gazelles quickly separates as each follows their own choices. The small dunes are followed by a oued and… more sand! The teams will certainly have earned CP6! After up to four hours of navigation in the scorching heat, the teams reach the famous checkpoint.
The big tamarisk tree at CP6 offers welcome shade for a well-earned break. Valérie, one of the Rallye marshals, makes sure all the Gazelles have plenty of drinking water, especially the quads and SSVs, who are happy to see each other. Each new arrival is applauded by the others, and there is a real feeling of solidarity among the teams of this category. The 4×4 are also quick to arrive. “Here we are!”, cries Elisabeth of Team 209 (Aurélie BONVALET / Elisabeth MIRAS)as they pull up. Pauline and Rhita of Team 201 (Rhita LOCHERON-JERRADE / Pauline GREISCH-CLOSTER)celebrate their arrival by dancing to “Tout donner” by Maître Gims. “It went so well – we’re really proud of ourselves”, laughs Pauline, inviting the other Gazelles to dance with her. Enjoying this moment of conviviality, the Gazelles of Team 177 (Emilie LOGET / Nina LEBELLENGER)promise to meet up later for a drink at the bivouac after a good shower!
But before the bivouac, there is still more driving to do! And the Gazelles need to save their energy for the marathon leg, which promises more sand… To give themselves a boost before tomorrow’s leg, New Zealand Gazelle Susan of Team 269 (Helen TAIT WRIGHT / Susan ALEMANN)suggests that the Gazelles get together for a “ladies-only” haka, a shared moment that is greatly appreciated by the teams. “Thanks for all your energy. That was great!”, exclaims Florence of Team 196 (Florence PHILIP / Valérie PRIOUL).