Central Desert

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  • Day26

    Tanami Desert Crossing WA back into NT

    July 13, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    After leaving Wolfe Ck Crater we topped up on fuel at the Aboriginal community, Billiluna. It took some keen orienteering and a stop to ask for directions, to find the fuel bowser. After reading the messages, including the one to look out for the rogue camel who likes to corner people so he can kick and bite them, we fueled up (2.60L) and headed towards Alice Springs. We saw the camel as we were driving out. ..he was most indignant we had slipped by without him noticing and made a futile charge towards the car as a parting gesture.
    We made good time considering the wind, road was wet and gentle rain continued to fall. Then you won't believe what we saw!! 2 men on heavily ladened touring cycles, around 70 years old, pedalling in the opposite direction! So much so that it became apparent we could make the next Aboriginal community, Yuendumu, by sunset. Our map said food, bed, police...all manner of services. The sunset was spectacular but no time to stop for a photo as we had cows and roos to content with for the last 30klms which slowed us down; Combined with state time changes, we crept into town at 6.40pm in the dark...past the $7.6m police facility looking once again for the fuel. The "shop" (read house with a bowser out front, advertised they were open till 8pm but with no signage or street lighting, dogs, car wrecks haphazardly placed...we once again asked for directions. After several drive bys, a man flagged us down and offered to sell us the fuel (2.16L). He had to bang the bowser with his hand to get it to start but after some chatting he informed us there wasn't accommodation or food to be purchased and we'd just need to head back out and pitch our tent off the highway. Which we did! Temperatures plummeting, wind gusts increasing, we slept fitfully and resumed our trip with Alice only 300klms away and a hot shower and delicious brekkie to look forward to. It was a good test for our tent, which we have been very happy with thus far.
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  • Day11

    Mulga Bore outstation visit

    June 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Today is a big drive down to Mulga Bore, it's half way back down to Alice, nearly back down to Plenty Highway. Once past Arlparra , it's the sandy, rocky dirt road again. High 4wd was good to stop slipping around and still travel at a decent speed.

    Suzel and I was rostered on to do this today. I was excited as I like a good drive. Suzel has been doing a lot of on-call and getting call out's at night so was a bit tired and asked me to drive 👍👍. Loved it.

    It was a bit quiet to start with but ended up giving about 10 flu jabs. This camp is a friendly good community. The 7 kids who go to school here are going on an excursion to Sydney next week.

    When we got back to clinic, the Police were there as there was a mental health Evac in progress. They were saying the Mulga Bore was overrun by horses but that they all died at a dry bore. There was 1 horse we saw and the dogs were having a good yap at it.
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