Mud Party on the road to The Alice

From the Oodnadatta Roadhouse we head along some dirt roads to Dalhousie Springs for a swim in the hot springs over there… However the campsite was crowded and during night it started raining.
So next morning we got a nice surprise. Wet dirt roads = mud party…
Enjoy the pictures below from Janis cawling through the mud.
(and look what the road did to our eggs 😦 )

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The old stock routes : Birdsville en Oodnadatta Track

When we exit the Simpson Desert, we decide to take the old stock routes – now famous Outback ways – all on dirt roads.
It are the Birdsville Track, some 560 km’s between Marree and Birdsville and the Oodnadatta Track, another 600 km’s between Marree and Marla. We only travel them partly in both cases, but long enough to enjoy the scenery. The reason why they were so famous in the real drover’s days is because the presence of lots of bores or springs along the way. They allowed the mobs, horses and drovers to be rested and watered.

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Going Simpson

Finally… After all the rodeos, repairs and frightening by locals we’re going Simpson!
Just Janis and us. Show them your value girl! Pick a couple of dunes.

Fueled up, provided with food and water, motor tuned up,… We are ready!
Deflating our tyres till 20psi, locking hubs, putting in high 4WD…

Radio on : ‘Heading West on QAA Line – Here comes Janis, a red Toyota LandCruiser’

Dune 1… a couple of spectators on top.
Radiocontact : ‘is the way clear?’ – ‘All is clear, you can come up’

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At the Coongie Lakes

Zondag, 23 juni 2013

Deze ochtend ontwaken we op de dorpscamping.
Onze natuurlijke wekker in Australie zijn de Kookaburras, een soort grote kraaien. Als die beginnen te krijsen, dan ben je wel goed wakker!
Bovendien moet je ook zorgen dat je vuilniszak goed weg zit, anders mag je ‘s morgens alles opnieuw verzamelen!

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From Melbourne to the Red Centre

During the next days we have to drive a long distance from Melbourne to the Red Centre near Alice Springs, roughly 3000 km road along beaches, through deserts and some mountainous landscapes.

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