As we drive the sky clears we even start to see patches of brilliant blues. The Rocks on the Range glisten with recent rain & now sun! Beautiful.
We stop briefly at Mt Ebenezer which is half way along Lassiter on the way to Stuart Hwy (our customary 2hr driver swap) quick lunch make coffee & off again
. We pass the exit to the cut through road (2.5-3 hrs after past the other end) and as it’s only 12ish we decide to head on to Alice Springs (not stop at Stuarts Well which had been the plan) About 30km out all phs start beeping 3, vodafone and nextG yay that means we’ll get internet! (vodafone) so I ring the caravan park, yes we can get a power site but we’ll have to move tomorrow & they’ll have to use my credit card which they have on file to hold the site! I’m now 20km away just driven for 4 hrs you have my deposit for the 4 nights I’m booked in for and we are Big 4 members (it’s the Big 4 park) Friendly mob out here! No matter after checking in miraculously they’ve had a cancellation and we can have the same grass site the whole time! (Bill checked in instead of me we thought it safer for the staff!) We decide to set up the divorce maker for the 1st time EVER (annex) and I have to say it was fairly incident free even the kids helped! Must be the sun….. Kids head off to explore what looks like a fantastic park 2 jumping pillows pools playground & space to ride. Bill heads off to get part from Mitsubushi & wash the car (still carrying mostly SA dirt & I start setting up! Bye for now Mad Mackays (in soon to be clean truck!) xo
We leave Kings Canyon covered in misty light rain/cloud cover just after 9am. We decide not to stay at Kings Creek Station everywhere is still so wet and we'd been told as there is only dirt where the caravans park at the Station after rain it’s just mud! We pass the turnoff which would effectively cut us straight through to Stuart Hwy to Alice but not worth risking, not only is it "not recommended for caravans" it’s also been raining for 3 days now! Imagine our luck….So on we go to travel 3 extra sides of the square. The road back to Lassiter Hwy turn left which takes us back past Erldunda then turn left onto Stuart Hwy an extra 240kms!