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4L Recap Part 1

Cécile and Romain are back home and ready to share their logbook with us—a summary of their trip through the desert during the 2015 4L Trophy. Check it out in addition to our monthly newsletter HorizoNews.

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Here are some extracts from the logbook of our amazing crew so you can get a taste of the adventure and discovery from the Rally!

4L Trophy: Week 1

Monday, February 16th, 2015: departure for Biarritz, we took the highway to limit toll fees and to handle carefully our 4L. We got to Biarritz late in the afternoon and decided to stop for the night close to the Futuroscope.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015: Poitiers-Biarritz. We met up in Biarritz by the middle of the day, always taking the highway. Once there, we were in no hurry because we had an appointment for a mechanical and administrative inspection on the February 18th at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015: We begin to have some car trouble, realizing that the right rear wheel is tilting at 45 degrees. Its support is totally cracked. We finally find a replacement stub axle, and after failing in many garages, finally, a compassionate garage mechanic agrees to change the faulty part by noon the next day.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015: It is the day of the official departure; the garage mechanic gave us back the car at 12:15. We make our departure even though we hadn’t had our inspection. A person in charge of the organization confirms that we can take the road to Algésiras, and the inspections will be done on the spot. We once again take to the open road with our friends to Algésiras. We spent the night in a small hotel by the road between Valladolid and Salamanca.

Friday, February 20th, 2015: At the end of the day, we at last arrived in the Algésiras bivouac (temporary camp), where we were taken care of right away by the organization that examines the compulsory equipment (flares, gas cans, fire extinguishers, fist-aid kit…) and the chassis where they saw a small hole. They asked us to repair it with a reinforced plate that same night, and finally by 11pm, were told that we could leave for Morocco the next day!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015: in the first hours we carried out the last of the administrative checks (medical check-up, passport, authorisation to leave the country with the car…). Then we at last receive our participants’ bracelets and our number to stick on the 4L! Early in the afternoon, we took the road to the harbour to catch a ferry to Tangier. The crossing quick; we had just enough time for a passport check on the boat before we arrived in Tangier! We had a 173-mile stage to drive in order to meet up with the camp at Rabat University. We reached Rabat at midnight without any problems.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015: The campus night watchmen woke us up at 6 am and explained to us that we would have to leave before the arrival of the first students! We were on our way then and had 186 miles to go before we reached Boulajoul, where we would experience the coldest night of the expedition. Indeed, there was a lot of snow, and it took the Moroccans three days to clear the road and the camp of the snow. We arrived late in the day, with cold and wind hindering our progress to set up camp, but we managed in the end to warm up successfully under a tent.

Arrivée vers BoulajouleEnd of the first week: after a suspenseful start and some technical problems, we already have the signs of solidarity, which will make all the difference.

See you soon for the follow-up!

Source : 4L Trophy



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