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post #111 of 1086 (permalink) Old 05-18-2015, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Another easy drive to the Erldunda Roadhouse which is at the turn off to Ayers Rock. This is a very busy Roadhouse which suffers because it doesn't have a dump point, grey water drains, or pottable water. At sundown, a big flock of Pink & Grey Galahs arrived and started arguing over roosting sites, and the sunset was beautiful as ever. This far North, there has been a welcome increase in temperatures to a comfortable level.

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Finally arrived at Ayers Rock and set up base in the huge caravan park for 3 nights. Unfortunately, the weather has become overcast, so we couldn't get any good pics today.

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The clouds cleared around midday, (next day) so we went out to the rock and took heaps of photos, enjoy.

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A beautiful clear blue sky today, but a cold wind blowing which didn't warm up until after midday. Took a ride out to the Olgas rock formations, and walked up the Walpa Gorge, most impressive, but nearly froze to death. There is another walk you can do up the Valley of the Winds, but one walk was enough for these old farts.

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Yoose guys got some impressive stones there Bernie....

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Took a gentle stroll up Kings Canyon this morning, and later out to Kathleen Springs. We concidered the more arduous climb up to the rim of the canyon, but after looking at the initial climb, photo 1, decided, nah, too long and steep for us old farts. We're staying at the Kings Creek Station (ranch) for 2 nights, not bad, but the place is a hive of activity with helicopter rides, quad bike rides, and camel rides, all very expensive. Lots of young people milling around.

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I used to think having young people around kept us feeling young. Now I just think they're annoying .

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I do enjoy observing the young female form, but as with a dog chasing a car, I wouldn't actually want to catch one.

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We've been in Alice Springs for two days now. The first day was taken up getting the Ford serviced, it's done 10,000Km since leaving Perth, and getting to the doctor for new scripts. Today, we went to the Desert Park near Alice, and out to Standley Chasm. The Park put on a truly excellent bird flying display, and the Owl twice flew so close to my head that it brushed through my hair. The rest of the park is very good, but you need a whole day to see it all.
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The Standley Chasm is awesome, you can't capture the true size of it with a camera. The walk in is quite short, but very rocky. You really have to watch your step, which makes looking at the view dangerous.
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John Flynn's Grave is near the Desert Park in Alice. He founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, which I suppose made him my boss for the last 21 years of my working life.
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We dragged the bike out this morning to give it a run, haven't run it since leaving Port Augusta. We went West out of Alice for about 100 Km down the magnificant MacDonnell Range to Ellery Creek. The last 2 Km in was down a really rough, stony track, didn't get out of first gear. The pool is lovely, in a stunning rocky mountain setting. It was a bit too cool for swimming, so we headed back to town to do some shopping, and re-stocking the van as we are leaving tomorrow morning.

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Wow, beautiful shots. Very pretty country.
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