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Littles B******s!

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This morning, we checked out of the YHA and headed for Uluru/Ayers Rock. Over the last couple of weeks, I had been checking weather reports for the red centre, and to be honest I was a little wary of the temperatures I was seeing: up to 45 degrees. However the temperature was a more manageable 29 degrees, according to the car's external temperature gauge. The reason for this is that it was raining! I don't mind the odd drop of rain, but throwing it down in the middle of the desert is just taking the mickey. We have the Sounds of Silence tour booked for tomorrow night and I will be mightily miffed if it is raining or cloudy as it is our most expensive outlay so far, and its highlight is gazing at the clear starry skies. Here's hoping...
With rain comes another problem: flies and more annoyingly, millions upon millions of the persistent little **#*#@! There were enough to motivate us to go out and buy nets to keep them off us. All our photos from the red centre, now have us wearing these daft look things. The rest of the day was spent driving from Alice to Uluru, stopping off occasionally at tourist attractions and filling up ($1.60 per litre, ouch!)
The major attraction that we stopped at was a meteorite crater about 2 hours out of Alice and on 15kms of unsealed road (give the 4WD a workout :). Due to the aforementioned flies, we only spent about half an hour there, but it was enough to be impressed not only by the crater but the vastness of the surrounding desert. It is really hard to comprehend for someone living in suburbia but all I can say is that I wouldn't want to breakdown out there.
Having arrived at Ayers Rock, we checked ourselves in and had just enough time to see the sun set over the Olgas, very nice and kind of reminiscent of Santorini.

Posted by jefranklin 16:00 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking round_the_world

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