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B-B On the Road, Stage 3

January 17, 2018

Stage 3 of the Budapest-Bamako started in Ouarzazate, where you’ve already seen some pictures from and took us on a relatively short (in terms of distance) route Tafraoute. We decided to take it easy today and replace our broken tea pot in Tazenakht, which is famous for their hand-woven rugs. Of course, it’s extremely cliché to buy one or meander along the shops, so we kept it to an absolute minumum. The town was crawling with race cars, would be interesting to know how many people decorated the interiour of their 4x4 with a new rug.

From Tazenakht, we wanted to enjoy the final day in the Atlas mountains and drove through rough terrain including icy roads in the snowy regions down to palm trees and hedges made from cactus. Luckily, everything is very dry this time a year, because there were many bridges swept away by rivers which are pretty much non-existent this time a year and thus made passage possible. We arrived in Tafraoute around 8pm, just in time to walk around the markets as they were closing down already.

Tomorrow will be the longest day of this year’s challenge. The 4x4 racing teams will cover around 850km, part of it along the beach. Should be interesting to see how far we can go…