You gotta do the (more) miles (again)
Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
49Trip End Oct 10, 2011
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While today's entry is a short one, the drive wasn't! There's not much you can say about driving 300km in a U shape, except that its a long way to go to get 120km away.
Still no sun and rain on and off all the way.
Today's pack up was an arduous - and very cold one. Because the campsite had been under water, the (new) mat was muddied through and each pole and peg was covered in sticky red goo.
We opted for the clean what you can, and can what you can't approach: Poles & pegs wiped down and packed into bags, mats (large annex mat and feet wiping mats) simply stashed away in their muddy glory until we could find somewhere clean to wash them down.
2 hours from starting to pack to pull out. Chris needed a shower to warm up. Megan just shivered and stuck the heater/demister on in the car. Ah the dry season in the red centre - not today...
Bye Bye Yulara Resort - You can keep it
As we drove away from Ayres Rock, the top of it was in the cloud and I'm sure that the waterfalls were busy entertaining all the poncho clad tourists who'd neglected to bring their wet weather gear.
Overall the resort (Camp Ground) was pretty disappointing. Average facilities in need of a good revamp, and slow (very slow) check-in. Could have done with dryers that worked and double the number of washing machines as well.
Apart from only being there to provide 'accommodation' to the tourists wanting to see the rock, thanks for he great drainage planning ($100 of soil would have sorted that out) which let us flood test our Ark!
Kersmash - not us!
We arrived in King's Canyon resort and set up. We immediately got chatting to a guy who arrived the previous day. Amazing how a new-model camper attracts the "what's different to ours" brigade.
Apparently, some poor soul had a roll over the day before on the road that we'd just driven in on. His brand new camper had dipped a wheel off the bitumen and when he'd corrected the car blew a tyre and the van flipped onto its roof - thankfully not taking the car with it. A van write-off - and a great start (end) to their holiday.
The 3 young boys in the back of the 4WD and the parents were all OK, but it took 10 guys to flip the rig back upright and get it all towed off the highway.
Sobering to thing that despite all the fun, sights and adventure, tragedy is only a whisker away...
For the record
- Breakfast: Cereal
- Lunch: Sandwiches
- Dinner: BBQ - the first of the trip. Impressive that we lasted so long without one!
- Megan about the washing machine/dryer: "It'll be cheaper to buy new clothes than pay $12 to wash them". And it was!
- The mud at King's Creek Station. Not only was it fence to fence treacle on the way into the fuel bowsers, but the poor horses were covered in the stuff. Ask Elaine about the look on Chris's face when I drove in there behind her. I thought we'd just landed on the alien mud planet- no way I was getting out to plant a flag and claim it...