ICHT> FOUM ZGUID
Stage 2 - april 18th 2017
Stage 2: 359 km
After the long first day, that might have cost some of you a good night's rest, stage 2 will be beneficent. The distance is more or less the same, but thanks to the relatively high pace the fastest of you will be in the bivouac at Foum Zguid probably early in the afternoon.
Wonderful tracks, extraordinary panoramas and a high average speed guarantee a great day.
The first 60 kms to the oasis consist of beautiful fast tracks, some of which in WRC style. Driving is a joy, and navigation will not be hard, although it is an important task for the co-driver to take note of the dangers.
At one point the piste becomes very wide, for 10 to 15 kms it's just straight ahead and fast. Beware of the very few but nasty turns. Please note that this is a public road, so beware of local and oncoming traffic. You will not make big differences here, merely a few seconds, so better be safe than sorry.
At km 74, at CP1, you cross the asphalt road and then will find wide pistes on a vast sandy plain, parallel to the road. Overtaking is easy when you have your suspension set up right, as 'bumpy' is the main characteristic of this part. Our bottle of J&B didn't survive.
Until km 120 the route remains bumpy but without much stones. Afterwards it will be a bit less fast for 10 kms, but until the military checkpoint at Boulakbar the route is quite fun and fast.
Enjoy the desolate landscapes and the solitude of this empty military zone, because in the final 45 kms of the stage you will enter a not so nice area with stones, rocks, holes, pits and sudden stiles and steps. Luckily this mess will end quite suddenly and the last 15 kms is a track through a fantastic sandy oued. The sand is very soft and easy to get stuck in. The closing of the stage is with some fast kilometres to our bivouac in the desert near Foum Zguid.