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The Eye of the Sahara


Made it to the very center of the Eye of the Sahara …


23 JANUARY 2015: Made it to “The Eye of the Sahara,” and we were able to actually drive into the very center of “Guelb er Richat,” the structures name in Arabic. It seems less impressive from the ground than from space, though it is still quite beautiful (this is just the center ring, and that tiny white thing is our HiLux, for scale). An amazing journey so far…[check out the full REPORT FROM MAURITANIA]



Back to the Sahara


Returning to the desert, this time in Mauritania …


17 JANUARY 2015: Beginning a two week independent overland trip across the Sahara in Mauritania to scout routes and get a sense of conditions for a larger journey. This current trip is all about getting to know the country and getting a feel for the terrain. Our “destination” is a unique geological feature known as “The Eye of the Sahara”…[check out the full REPORT FROM MAURITANIA]



Paris as a Starting Point


A strange ambiance in the city of light …


11 JANUARY 2015: Doing last minute preparations for the Sahara here in Paris, where the atmosphere is sad and tense in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack. Sentiments are strong, with the event and its aftermath dominating every discussion…


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THIS MONTH:

An independent overland journey in preparation for the big trip — a two-week scouting mission to the Eye of the Sahara in Mauritania.


COMING UP SOON:

A road trip to North Carolina and an intensive weekend of training with Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America.


TEAM 171 PRESENTATION



USnomads, c’est l’histoire d’une amitié de plus de 20 ans, qui s’est construite à travers le temps, les cultures, les expériences de la vie et des voyages. Seule l’union de deux caractères forts et respectueux l’un de l’autre explique que nous soyons arrivées à nos fins dans chacun de nos défis.

Ceci est notre première participation au Rallye des gazelles et nous ne sommes pas des professionels, mais JoMarie a une certaine expérience de l’Afrique et des situations d’urgence. D’autre part, elle s’est totalement investie dans la préparation de cette course et Isabelle s’est récemment mise à la navigation.

Le Rallye des gazelles dans le désert marocain sera le théâtre d’une nouvelle épreuve pour nous : une Jeep, une boussole, une carte et tout le pouvoir de notre volonté d’y parvenir fera le reste.

Ce défi sportif s’inscrit dans un projet humain plus large, celui de traverser le désert du Sahara d’Ouest en Est dans l’espoir d’accompagner les équipes d’ONG dans leurs micro-projets d’aide aux peuplades nomades locales. JoMarie en produira un film documentaire qui donnera à mieux connaitre les hommes de cette partie du monde.

L’équipe 171 prendra fièrement son envol le 15 mars 2014 avec toutes les autres participantes ! Et que les meilleures gagnent !

Mais quelle valeur et quelle portée aurait cette leçon de vie, si nous n’étions pas soutenues par l’amour de nos proches, de nos amis et de tous ceux qui nous entourent. Merci !


CURRENT WEATHER

Nouakchott, Mauritania
115°
dust
humidity: 9%
wind: 16mph ENE
H 115 • L 115
88°
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74°
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73°
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Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Detailed weather: Nouakchott



MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
15-31 December – Roadtrip
1-14 December – Southwest deserts
November – Paris and planning
October – Overland Expo and Workshops
September – Moab and more
August – Topless For Tatas
July – Summer Fun
June – Bantam Jeep Festival
May – Overland Expo, Rausch Creek
April – Back Home
The Gazelle Rally Recap
Archive


FEATURE

UNCOVERING FORGOTTEN TRAILS IN COAL COUNTRY

Exploring old trails in search of history deep inside coal country offers some real-life practice in the kind of terrain assessments we will need to make during an expedition based on old maps into unfamiliar territory where conditions are unknown… [read]


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ON BECOMING A GAZELLE

THE LONG ROAD TO THE RALLY

The first installment in a series of reflections detailing our personal experiences during the 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles — our journey to the starting line in Morocco… [read]

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