Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Spent the night under the stars and got up for a quick breakfast at 6 a.m. and then we drove to Ayers Rock (Uluru) and walked around it.  Only 2 people from our group hiked up the rock (see photo) and the rest of us walked around it - 3 hours, 9.6 km.  It was a wonderful walk a nd then we drove to Kata Tjuta (the three Olgas) and went on the Walpa Gorge 2.6 km Walk and took a group photo another.  We went back to campsite and had a quick lunch and then drove the 6 hours back to Alice Springs. I had to make a run to the store again for something for breakfast and fell into bed.  I was to go back to Alice Springs on the 6:45 am Boomerang Groovy Grape bus but cancelled it as I could not bear another 2 day trip back. I decided to take the 19 hour Greyhound bus instead, which left at 10 a.m. and got into Adelaide at 6 am. IT was a good trip except for an hour delay on the highway as some tin had fallen off the bus luggage cart and got stuck in the wheel so the driver and 2 passengers worked at rocking the bus back and forth and digging sand from under the tire. Three movies were shown - Crocodile Dundee (!), Mr Bean in New York and THe Man from Snowy River. It made the time go faster, and blocked out some of the noise from the extended family behind me, consisting of 3 small children, - one still in diapers -  mom and aunt, father and u ncle and lots of blankets.  Checked into the Adelaide Central Hostel again (well couldn't get into room until after 12 noon) but did laundry, etc.  It is a cross between a hotel and staying at relatives, to tell the truth, with comfortable tables and sofas. Believe it or not, I was the youngest person in my dorm room. There are many older people staying at hostels, and I realized from talking to one in my room, that they are the original hippie backpackers and have stayed in Hostels since the 60s so it is not a new idea to them.
Flew to Perth on Friday the 13th at 3 pm and will report more from there.
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