Merzouga Rally Stage 2 – Dune Dancing, Rock Hopping and Navigating the Merzouga

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Well, all things considered it was an ok day. OK in that I once again hit all my waypoints despite making lots of navigation errors. It is so easy to fall into the mistake of following tracks rather than sticking to the instructions in your roadbook. Eighty percent of today’s riding was in the dunes. It is tiring and mentally sapping as you have to concentrate on riding off the cap of the dune. This leads to errors by not concentrating on your roadbook as you need to. I got lost a lot as a result. I am getting to realise how vital good navigation is!

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When we got off the dunes we rode a lot of rocks. The bike was great and I felt strong throughout todays ride. I am not fast in the dunes. I followed some of the guys in the dunes but they got away from me. I keep having to remind myself that I am here to learn and to get a finishers medal. All in all a good day. After all a safe day is a good day. Now i’m off to eat and then get tomorrow’s roadbook. So far so good.
Catch you again tomorrow.

Kirsten Landman is South Africa’s top female Enduro Rider. Growing up on dirt bikes which started off as just fun with her cousin and uncle has now turned into Kirsten making history and a name for herself worldwide in the hard enduro scene. At the age of 26 years old, having competed in the hard enduro world series and has become the first female to finish races such as Redbull Romaniacs, Redbull Sea to Sky, Redbull Megawatt 111, Redbull Braveman & the Roof of Africa. Kirsten still has so much more to achieve, with the bar being raised every year and now set at an all-time high, as she prepares to become the first African & South African woman to finish the Dakar Rally on a motorcycle.