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Published: September 16th 2008
Sorry the connection is so slow today that I can't load pictures. And the ones that may appear are black. Next time!!
Yulara to Kings Canyon. Very windy with quite a few little dust storms on the way. Sure ate up the petrol going against the wind. Pretty nice caravan park. Met up with John, Vickie and the two young girls again. Really nice folks. My Internet card from Ayers Rock Resort was still working, so that’s why you got the last update.
If Kata Tjuta was AWESOME, well Kings Canyon was double that. Very, very wonderful, tiring walk. Such great scenery and you are right in the middle. The first part was very, very steep and only the fit (or in my case semi-fit) should attempt it. Not very much level walking, but that was no worry. Being right in the ‘canyon’ was really tremendous. Lots of information on the various rock formations along the way too. Of course the battery in the camera had to give out about half way round the canyon.
Had a little swim in the nice pool at the caravan park. Confirmed
that the breathing issue isn’t going away any time soon and I am really unhappy about that. While I don’t swim very much, I do like it.
Spent the evening with our new friends.
One of the neighbouring campsite did a real no-no. Left his garbage out. A passing dingo had a good go at it, completely ignoring our shouting!!. Don’t mess with the dingos.
Kings Canyon to Alice Springs.
There is no, campervan driveable, short way to Alice Springs. Have to backtrack about 130km, then head to the Stuart Highway. If we were really brave, or had a 4x4 we could have made it in around half the distance. But……
Anyway the wind was with us for a good part of the trip. Nice. HOWEVER, once we got onto the Stuart Highway we encountered a wicked sand storm. Some times we couldn’t see more than 10-20 ft (yeh feet) in front of us. Lasted for at least 100km. Fortunately for me Linda was driving.
Got to the Big4 caravan park in Alice and it’s a pretty good place to camp. We have a really big site. Arrived just in time for a didgeridoo demonstration but Marshall
Whyler, it was good, we bought his CD.
Started out with a free pancake breakfast that the Big4 puts on every Sunday (more like crepes but they were good). We were name tagged with first name and city or country you were from, started a lot of conversations. Talked with a couple from the Netherlands that also had a Calypso campervan.
Good day today that didn’t start too good. Went to the Ghan museum hoping for their Sunday train ride. NOT. They haven’t run the train for a while due to bad track. The Kenworth truck museum didn’t have any post cards either.
Did some shopping for necessities!! Fun stuff, right.
Day finished off really well though, at the Desert Park. Tremendous history of Australia, the outback region around Alice and great information about the animals and fauna of the area. A definite must if you get to Alice, allow 4-5 hours.
Then we get back to the caravan park and the power is out. Didn’t get it back for a couple hours, but it’s back now.
That’s it for a while. Hopefully we can get some pictures done. But it’s been a long day and I
really don’t want to do much more.
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