Wed. March 23rd- Mon. April 4th
23.03.2011 - 04.04.2011
Wow. It has been a really busy couple weeks. So much to see and do and so many BIG things to tick off- the Big Winch, the Big Beer Can and of course the Big Rock! And then there was also the very Big Road Train with 86 wheels that we think could well be added to the list.
We arrived in Port Augusta last Saturday and decided to head north after a brief stopover in Jamestown to collect several weeks worth of mail. We stayed the night in a rest area on the side of the road which was not the most interesting camp spot but we did have a couple of road trains pull in and keep us company for the night.
Coober Pedy was a fascinating place. We stayed on Albert’s spare block. He is happy to provide free camp spots for members of the CMCA (campervan & motorhome assoc.) which was great for us. There was one other guy there who had been staying in Coober Pedy to fossick for opal. He gave us a small bag of opal and a few tips on how to find our own fortune. He also gave us a really interesting DVD about the opal fields although after watching it, we were more than happy to leave them to it.
Uluru was great and we enjoyed the sunset from beginning to end. We were first to find our spot and we set up our bbq for tea, watching the sunset from our deck chairs. We were almost the last to leave too when all traces of red had left the rock and the stars had come out which was in itself another fascinating view of it. The weather has been terrific and we have been fascinated with how green it has been in this leg of our trip. The Red Centre is indeed looking very green! The flies were pretty intense though and after a while those silly fly nets actually started to look fairly appealing. On the way out of Yalara (the campground at Uluru) we filled up with fuel and was served by an ex student from school- surely it was only a matter of time before we ran into someone we knew.
We spent a few days in and around Alice Springs staying with Rick and Julie (and the kids). They were actually on their way back from Adel when we arrived so we just moved in and made ourselves at home (and it was probably just bad luck that the washing machine broke down when we used it although it didn’t stop us from feeling guilty about it)! We had a great catch up and promise to get back to Alice to spend more time there. There is a bit of a mice plague going on at the moment and we did pick up a couple mice at Ormiston Gorge. It made for a hysterical night chasing the blasted things around the wagon. Danny caught one and the other seems to have been shaken out on the bumpy roads (or so we hope)!
Angus, Danny, Julie, Rick and William
Tonight we are camping at Daly Waters which is a pretty apt name after the 4 inches of rain they had on the weekend. The campground is mud so we have sidled up next to the outdoor kitchen because it has a firm gravel base. We drove through several spots today where the water was flowing over the road and we passed a couple who are riding their unicycles from Darwin to Adel (something for you to aspire to Richard)! It just seemed like way too much hard work and they would have had a head wind the whole day. We also stopped and had a chat to a guy from the UK who is cycling around Australia for 9 months. We found him having a standoff with a large Brahman bull that was reluctant to let him pass. We drove between the two so that the bull could not see him slowly sneaking by.
There is a definite change in the humidity level tonight and it seems like we will be in for some more rain as we travel north. It is starting to look a little more tropical and we are looking forward to more adventures tomorrow.
We've added a few other photos to the gallery so don't forget to check them out as well.
Bye for now,