Today was no rest day! At the same time, that's not what the Gazelles are here for! A difficult leg awaits them after yesterday in the dunes. For this third leg, they head north of Aoufousacross a plateau famous for its 'cauliflowers'. No, Moroccans do not yet cultivate this famous vegetable from Brittany: cauliflowers are small plants packed with sand that makes them hard as stone. They will pose a major challenge for the teams, because driving over them can be dangerous for the vehicles… And the plateau is covered with them! " It looks more like broccoli “, opines Cécile of Team 197 (Sarah ROSSONI / Cécile CHASSAGNE-BARADAT - BECICE). Indeed, the cauliflowers in question are greenish in colour, and they are not the only obstacle lying in wait for the teams.
Towards CP4, the Gazelles have to cross camel grass which proves challenging for some, but after the dunes of Merzouga, they appear to have made good progress and have much better control of driving in the sand. After the sandy patch, an erg – a wide flat plain scattered with stones – plunges the teams into an American western setting with imposing mountains rising sharply all around. The Gazelles are also lucky enough to come across nomads with their herds. At checkpoint 5, the teams receive their points of the day and take a break to plot them all. " We will try to do them all, but it is not a done deal. It's worth going to the end because after that it's a straight line to the bivouac ", note Marylin and Delphine of Team 177 (Delphine ORQUIN / Marylin MDALLEL - FLC RENOVATION).
After three days of navigation and driving in the desert, the Gazelles already seem to have gotten their bearings. " At first, we were a little afraid of being alone, but today, that's what we're looking for. We feel that we have crossed a line “, welcome the two Emilies of Team 149 (Emilie PLOCHOCKI / Emilie BONTE - ART CERAM). Sandrine and Véronique of Team 28 (Véronique SANCHEZ / Sandrine PONCEBLANC - CAPOCCI), also note some progress: “ this is the first time that we have arrived at a checkpoint on our own without searching too much ". Magali of Team 26 (Solene DELALANDE / Magali DAVID - DAVID MENUISERIE)is frustrated: " We were on course but we saw houses in the distance and we thought we saw a vehicle so we went there. We ended up doing 3 kms too much… ". A good lesson for the Gazelle: “ Never again! From now on I trust my headings ».