Day 12 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda – 495k (3,461k total)
The day fined up again but was a little cooler and windy with the maximim 19c. The 490km trip from Coober Pedy was fairly flat and uneventful with the flies making rest stops a bit uncomfortable. They were so bad even the road workers were wearing hat nets. Erldunda is claimed to be within 12 km of the official geographic centre of Australia so we are now well and truly in Central Australia. We left South Australia and entered the Northern Territory today and are heading for Uluru tomorrow.
Day 13 – Erldunda to Uluru – 299k (3,760k total)
We had a fine and sunny but cold 10c start to our 250km run into Uluru from the Sturt Highway although it warmed to 22c through the day. The trip was fairly straight and flat but some spectacular views of Mt Conner, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) on the run in more than made up for the lack riding highlights.
We arrived at Yatala and went straight on to Uluru 20km away. Hopefully the photos will tell the story but surfice to say, even though the image is very familiar to us, Neither Ros or I had seen it “in the flesh” ,so to speak, and there is nothing like actually seeing it. We checked into our resort (our big splurge for the whole trip) then headed off about 5.30pm to watch the sun set over Uluru and enjoy our “Sounds of Silence” dinner under the stars in view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. (Also part of our big splurge). Definitely a highlight of the trip.
Day 14 – Uluru – 149k (3,909k total)
We spent the day visiting the various attractions in and around Uluru and Kata Tjuta in beautiful sunny weather (24c) The flies were a but bothersome at times but otherwise a wonderful and unforgetable day.
Off to Alice Springs tomorrow
Cheers Ros and Dick