A mammoth journey, we left Halls Creek at around 10am heading to the Tanami Road which would take us to the Stuart Highway and then onto Alice Springs tomorrow.
|1000 km of graded road (the last 100km was single track tarmac)
En-route on the Tanami Road, a graded road 1000km long is Wolfe Creek Crater about 154km from the turn off so we must go and see this, and with there being a camp site seems like a good place to break the journey saying as we have set off quite late. We have never seen a meteor crater before so now is our chance.
|Time to don the walking boots for this
|Check out the rocky climb up, I am well impressed we managed this.
|The center of the crater
Video of Wolfe Creek CraterAs I mentioned, we plan to spend the night here but when we saw the campsite we looked at each other and nodded our head - no. It was very hot and there were hardly any trees which meant no shade, no birds etc. It would be hard enough putting up the tent in the heat but then there would be little to do for the next 12 or so hours. Plan number two, continue driving on the Tanami Road to the next roadhouse where we could get extra fuel then onto the next roadhouse at Rabbit Flat and camp there, we should arrive around 6pm all being well, perfect. There were three gates going up the road to Wolfe Creek Crater and obviously three coming back out and guess who had to do them!!!!
|What a great sign on this gate!!!
|Alan checking the temperature of the tyres, we don't want another blowout.
|What a big d*** I have <g>
We passed an Aboriginal family who had broken down, they needed a new tube for their tyre, we did stop but they were fine. Onward we went to Rabbit Flat.
|And the sun set on yet another day.
I drove for about two hours then nearly ran into wildlife - flipping cows, loads of them lying on the side of the road sleeping or ambling across the road. During my time at the wheel we stopped to help another Aboriginal group who had car problems, again they were OK but they asked if we had any sandwiches with us. Nope, but we do have biscuits, that cheered them up. Time to hand back to Alan and get my two matchsticks out to keep my eyelids open. We can't remember the exact time somewhere around 1:30am Western Australia time or 3:00am Northern Territory time we came to the next roadhouse, a Aboriginal settlement at Yuendumu, plenty lights on but we could not find the petrol station and it felt a little unwise to keep driving round. We pulled over to the side of the road and tried to get some sleep, I grabbed a sleeping back and we each had a couple of pillows. After a hour or so of dozing we decided to move on again, knowing we had enough fuel to the next roadhouse, Tilmouth Well, they had a campsite but too late for us as they were closed when we arrived. We pulled up a side road and kipped for a couple of hours before they opened and the sun said 'G-day mateys'.
|Totally exhausted, in our room for the night (the car)
|And the sun showed her face, a new day is here.
Tilmouth Well, opened at 7:00am, oh how welcoming to find somewhere warm that served coffee and grub. A bacon and egg sandwich has never been welcomed more.
On the road again, a tree, yep time to stop for a cuppa and get the cameras out.
|In my element behind the lense
|And this is what I was taking a photo of.
|A new bird for the collection
|Road Train, roaring past us on the single lane tarmac road.
On the road again, not far now to the Stuart Highway where we will hang a right to Alice.
21 km to go.
Desert Palms Resort. Our plans for tomorrow, the Visitors Center to check for permits needed to access the parks containing Kings Canyon and Uluru and maybe a bit of shopping if I can twist Alan's arm. Off to find some fast food for our bellies, a cup of coffee and hope there is a good film on tonight to watch. Night all.