Alice Springs, the half way mark to Darwin. We have made good time, with no dramas. Here’s a few pics so far. Excuse the quality of the photos …
The beginning of the long straight road ahead. Vegetation on the roadside changed from scrub land, to dry spinifex grass, to flat nothing-ness. to native shrubs. And as we neared Alice Springs we started to get some hills and curves in the road. The other interesting thing was that the colour of the bitumen changed from the charcoal grey to red ochre now and then. We are, after all, travelling through the Red Centre.
Coober Pedy was a surprise. We had not booked accommodation ahead, not expecting any problems. It took us an hour to find a vacancy! More about this fascinating opal mining town on our return trip when we plan to stay there a day or two. This photo is just some of the thousands of opal mining slag heaps that dot the environment in and around Coober Pedy.
On this first day there was a lot of dead kangaroos along the sides of the road. And one bloated cow, legs sticking up in the air. We saw no live wildlife apart from birds. However, we are avoiding travelling at dawn and dusk, the high risk times for collisions with kangaroos in particular.
One of our pit stops today was at a roadhouse in Glendambo.
There, for some reason, was this rotary clothes hoist filled with shoes. No-one could tell me why.
The roads are alive with grey nomads. Caravans and mobile homes can be seen pulled over at road stops, circled in a modern equivalent of wagon trail travelling. There is safety in numbers even nowadays.
And here’s the last fuzzy picture for today. A sign at the state border between
South Australia and the Northern Territory. From here on the speed limit changed from 110 to 130kph.
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