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Alice the Camel

Uluru to King's Canyon/MacDonnell Ranges

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Alice the Camel

Uluru to King's Canyon/McDonnel Ranges

After a day of off roading through King's Canyon and the MacDonnell Ranges, Big T (aka the Toyota Tundra) and most of our possessions are coated a burnt shade of red. We have now confirmed why they call this unique part of the country "The Red Centre." While a bit sore after our 1/2 marathon hiking venture though Uluru, we could not resist another hike at King's Canyon some 200 km northeast. This 6 km hike took us through and around the rim of 400 million year old sandstone landscape. We hiked midday again (idiots!) and though it was hot, an occasional cool breeze swept through the canyon making the trip both peaceful and refreshing. Thus far, the Red Centre has exceeded all expectations and King's Canyon sits at the top of our favorite travel spots.

  • **OUTBACK ANIMAL UPDATE*** Forced to drive at dusk to make it to our campsite (again...IDIOTS!), we had the pleasure of meeting Alice the Camel, and all of her friends, on the side of the road. Other wildlife spottings anxious to become roadkill included: a dessert Hawk, a few stray dingos, some snakes, and lots of cattle which blend in quite nicely with the flora at dusk. In the end, we made it safely to the Red Gorge Campsite, where we also encountered bees, flies and red ants that loved Lukin's feet. After we discovered that our Gerry Can had leaked over much of our stuff, we didn't think it wise to cook dinner over a fire, so we opted with cold veggie wraps in the cab of Big T. Don't worry...after a bit of clean up, we're back on track.

Next up: Katherine Gorge National Park.

BIG shout out to Curt Lain - Happy Bday! We love you!!!!
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The Uluru 1/2 Marathon

The Olgas and Ayers Rock, NT

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Yup - that's right - we walked a 1/2 marathon today!!! Woke up early to beat the heat (reached 36 C/97 F today) and explored the Olgas (8 km) via the Valley of the Winds. We then ventured to the famous Ayers Rock or Uluru as they call it in the Aboriginal culture, walking another 12 km around the base of this massive rock. Therefore...we walked A HALF MARATHON today! Though long, it was amazing and we loved experiencing the true Australian outback HEAT. We are writing this blog at an outdoor beer garden, sipping what we think to be the most deliciously cold beer (Bronson) we have ever had. If you check out our photos, you will also notice we are color coordinated - not on purpose - but go TEAM BLUE!

Fact Check: Ayers Rock is 380 meters tall and extends 5,000 meters below the surface of the earth.

HowPerhaps what we found most impressive, was the way the rock looked under different light throughout the day. We will leave you with a quote from the famous travel writer Bill Bryson, "Do you know how sometimes on very fine days the sun will shine with a particular intensity that makes the most mundane objects in the landscape glow with an unusual radiance, so that buildings and structures you normally pass without a glance suddenly become arresting, even beautiful? Well, they seem to have that light in Australia nearly all the time.”

Kings Canyon next - love to you all.
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EMUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!

Fleurieu Peninsula to Cobber Pedy, SA

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The drive north started with rolling green hills of the Clare Valley reminiscent of South Coast, NSW but quickly transformed into the rugged outback of northern South Australia. Not much out here but it's still breath taking with its burnt orange dirt, endless blue skies and empty roads. We drive for miles without seeing a single car, with John Butler and Xavier Rudd keeping us company on the radio. The most common traffic are Road Trains - triple trailer monsters that literally shake the Tundra when they pass. Katie spotted the first emu (flightless bird second in size to the ostrich and found only in Australia), but Lukin had the eagle eye, spotting 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles (massive birds of prey with a wingspan that exceeds 7 ft). We spent the night in Coober Pedy (not as strange as we had imagined) where we found an awesome pizza place and drank some nice red wine. Checked out some opal mines this AM and we're now on our way to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see Ayers Rock, one the natural wonders of the world, along with the Olgas (36 rock domes).

Must sign off now - Road Train inbound!
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Opal Bound!

Fleurieu Peninsula to Coober Pedy

semi-overcast 65 °F
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Had a great day in Deep Creek hiking the coast then enjoyed a sunset leftover dinner overlooking Boat Harbour (beef burritos...not bad for camping, eh!?!). The Roos and Sheep kept us company and for some excitement, Lukin opened a bottle of sparkling red cider which had rolled around the backseat all day. It exploded throughout the Tundra...not surprising (IN YO FACE!) Though it made a bit of a mess, it was a good laugh! We are off to Coober Pedy, a town of opals and people who live underground?!? Should be an interesting camp experience...break out the banjos - here we come! Not so sure we will have great internet connectivity so you might not hear from us for a few days until we hit Uluru or Alice Springs. - L&K OUT

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The Late Lains

McLaren Vale to Fleurieu Peninsula

semi-overcast 65 °F
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We spent the day wandering through McLaren Vale wine region and stopped at Samuel's Gorge vineyard - a very rustic and old vineyard - one of the most unique ones we have ever visited. We sat outside sampling their red wines while overlooking the gorge. It was perfect wine for a cooler and windier day. After wine tasting we drove down to the Fleurieu Peninsula's Deep Creek Conservation Park where we camped for the night. Being the Late Lains (and previously a Late Martha) it is not surprising that we are taking our first detour and staying an extra day down near the water in this beautiful park. The rush of moving and stress of saying goodbyes caught up to us yesterday...combine that with the beauty of this area south of Adelaide and we felt the need to enjoy another day here hiking the coast and relaxing before our big trip up the middle. large_Drive_from..ninsula.jpg

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