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After yesterday's driving marathon, we had another one today. Instead of driving on sealed roads however, today was spent driving about 250kms on dirt tracks through the middle of the desert. In preparation, we had filled up the petrol tank, filled up all the water bottles we had, bought a 10 litre container of water and stocked up with non-perishable foods. All these precautions are necessary in case we breakdown, as it can be upto 48 hours before you see someone that can help you. Fortunately, we made the drive unscathed :)

At the end of this track, there were a number of picturesque gorges and ravines. Some of these were only accessible by 4WD, so never being one to back down from a challenge I approached these with gusto. A few expensive-sounding bangs and crunches from the suspension (and a few choice words from Heather :), soon had me slowing down from 80kmph I was doing. With a $2,500 excess on the car, any damage was going to be expensive.
At about 4pm, we arrived back in Alice and checked back into the YHA where we had originally started our red centre tour. To round off the evening, we visited the Lassiters Casino. This is famous as it appeared in the movie "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". We made it an early night because those 250kms (plus a further 300 or so on sealed roads) were knackering, not sure what Heather's excuse was :)

Posted by jefranklin 18:00 Archived in Australia Tagged road_trip backpacking round_the_world

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