Alice Springs

Where are we now, where have we been and where are we going?

Day 15 – Uluru to Alice Springs (451kms – 4,360Kms total)
We left Uluru at around 9am and spent the day travelling the 450k to Alice Springs. We backtracked 250km to the Erldunda Road House before turning north on the Sturt Highway for the 200km run into Alice Springs. The temperature warmed up to 29c. We found ourselves being passed a number of times (most unusual!) with many local drivers taking a very liberal view of the 130km speed limit. We are planning a major pit stop in Alice Springs and will be here for four nights.

Crossing the Finke River on the Sturt Highway heading toward Alice Springs

Crossing the Finke River on the Stuart Highway heading toward Alice Springs

Day 16 – Alice Springs
We spent the morning catching up on our washing before takng the ” Town like Alice” tour in the afternoon visiting the School of the Air, The old Telegraph Station, The Flyng Doctors, The reptile park and Anzac Hill. A very enjoyable afternoon.

The old Telegraph Station just outside Alice Springs

The old Telegraph Station just outside Alice Springs

Day 17 – Alice Springs to Glen Helen and return
(304Kms – 4,664Km total)

We went for a ride out along the Larapinta and Namajira Highways following the West MacDonnell Ranges visiting Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Resort and views of the spectacular Mount Sonder. The scenery and colours were wonderful. A very pleasant ride.  Getting the bike serviced tomorrow.

Part of the fantastic West Mcdonnell Ranges

Part of the fantastic West MacDonnell Ranges

Mount Sonder near Glen Helen

Mount Sonder near Glen Helen

Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm

Here is a little Helmetcam video we took as we rode in to Standley Chasm which is in the West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs.   http://youtu.be/L32DVplkROE

Day 18 – Alice Springs
We spent the day walking around the Desert Park on the outskirts of Alice Springs waiting for our bike to be serviced so we can continue our journey tomorrow. We plan to head for Tennant Creek 500kms away passing the Devils Marbles on the way.

Some birds at the Desert Park

Some birds at the Desert Park

Some of the great scenery at the Desert Park

Some of the great scenery at the Desert Park

A Black Kite showing off at the Desert Park

A Black Kite showing off at the Desert Park

Bye for now
Ros and Dick