Passion and challenge
The first two checkpoints are only a formality as they are checked off automatically along the way to the day’s festivities. The Gazelles then find themselves at CP3 where a large bottleneck has formed. Now the day can really begin. Some have learned a lesson from the day before and compare points with other teams, like Team 225 (Valérie SANTINI / Odile ALESSANDRI-CHIOLDI): “We got back to the bivouac after midnight, so we didn’t have time to prepare, but we’re hoping to have a good day.” Valérie describes her vision of the event before setting out: “for me, the Rallye combines passion, challenge, the unknown, human values. And today we’re on Route B… for Bonheur [happiness]!”
Cauliflower or camel grass?
The Gazelles are not afraid of the famous cauliflowers; in fact, they are rather curious to see them. The camel grass proves a greater challenge along the way to CP 4. Small dunes with scattered patches of grass slow down many a Gazelle. Team 185 (Lauranne TORNAMBE / Estelle FERRARA - HC Résidences) is the first to reach CP4, hidden in a oued, with hugs and cries of joy. “We don’t trust ourselves as much as we should. We only drove 4 kilometres over, in other words 30 instead of 26. We’re really happy. We’re motivated by our small victories.” Team 221 (Anne-Sophie AGUESSY / Lise LEBLANC-GARDELLE - PITCH PROMOTION) stopped at two checkpoints belonging to other routes before finding the right one. Team 116 (Laetitia LAFON / Juliette MAS DAMOUR - Charente Pliage) fell into a trap: “Things was going really well but we got cross-axled in the camel grass”. “We had a hard time getting here. But here we are, we feel better now.” Many take an improvised lunch break. The wind gives way to warm sun. The teams are given the rest of their road book and plot their next points; any teams who don”t make it this far will not be able to continue the leg. Team 120 (Virginie GRIZON-SAMIT / Audrey ANTECH) congratulate themselves: “We wanted to be Warriors and we made it!” The Moroccan pirate team, complete with bandanas, is quick to resume their route!