“Gaining confidence and having fun”
The first checkpoint they find is a victory for the Gazelles, who jump into each other’s arms, shout with joy and take photos to immortalize the moment. “We’re happy, we did better than two years ago. At that time, we messed up the Prologue”, recalls Danielle of Team 117 (Nathalie DRAPEAU / Danielle BRIDIER - BRIDIER FRERES TOP GARAGE ET SARL BRIDIER LEVEQUE MENUISERIE). Sophie decided to create a little ritual for each checkpoint: hit each checkpoint we find”. “If I don’t hit it, I can’t be sure of finding the next one, I’m afraid it will bring me bad luck”, admits the Gazelle. Others have doubts on reaching the red flag. “Please tell me it’s the right checkpoint”, exclaims Coralie of Team 197 (Coralie LAVOIL / Marlène PEYRILLOUS - GMV Industrie).
At checkpoint 2, Annie of Team 126 (Annie DOUCET / Marie-Pier CHAMPAGNE - Famille et amis) isn’t really sure she’s in the right place, but plays it down: “A Gazelle is never lost, she’s just visiting”. Haley and Helen of Team 110 (Helen TAIT WRIGHT / Haley BENNETT - DaisyVie/Landypoint), are starting to “gain confidence and have fun”. “For the moment, what we want is to hone our navigation”, remark Laurence and Marie of Team 123 (Laurence HOURTICQ / Marie DE TAYRAC) before hugging Audrey and Virginie of Team 120 (Virginie GRIZON-SAMIT / Audrey ANTECH). The checkpoint official is also a centre of attention: “Thank you Monsieur, I am so happy to see you!” exclaims Juliette of team 116. Valérie of Team 223 (Aicha Ahourri / Nadia ATLASSI), performs a short belly dance, laughing.