Alice Springs

P8160043 This is our third night at Alice.Yesterday was some sightseeing around town and repair work to cars and campers. Diesel here is $1.41. It was just as well I filled the jerry cans at Boulia as it was $1.90 at Gemtree and with the jerry cans we did not need to use Gemtree for fuel.

Vicki thought Terry the 3.3m saltwater was smiling at her!

Today we went out to the Ross River (dry) about 80 kilometres east of Alice. We called into several spectacular gorges however it was just to hot to do much walking. The first two days in Alice the temperature was low twenties however today it was 34C mid afternoon.

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I thought my legs had got very brown until I had a shower tonight and it all washed off – just dirt.

Tomorrow morning I am hoping that the Post Office will have the new coupling. If they don’t we will not be waiting any longer. Went to the supermarket this afternoon and stocked up then brought wine and spirits. You have to produce photo ID in the territory when buying liquor.

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Tomorrow we head SW to Kings Canyon. From there we head East crossing the Stuart H’way until we pick up the old Gan railway. We will then follow this to Finke and Oodnadatta.

It is probable that wireless Internet coverage will be limited or non existent until we get to Oodnadatta.

We have all enjoyed our time at Alice but we are anxious to get on the track again and away from civilisation. We have been staying at a caravan park whilst in Alice. Not bad as far as parks go. This one has a “campground” out the back. About five acres of dirt but it suits us as we have privacy. You do have to pack a picnic lunch to go to the toilets. This afternoon we came home to find a large caravan parked not 5 metres from us when they had about 5 acres of vacant land to choose from. Must be the herd instinct or maybe just insecure – very strange. 

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