Shakey bumpy road to Glen Helen Gorge

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Glen Helen Gorge Day 22

We left the beautiful Kings Canyon at 7am ready to hit the longest dirt road we had been on before. The Mereenie Loop Road 206km of corrugated red dirt road. We had mixed reports of this road. I read many blogs saying only 4wd no caravans. We spoke to the National Parks Ranger, who was waiting in the Kings Canyon shop, she told us take it easy & you shouldn't have any problems.

Well the 1st 60km we breezed through laughing hahaha who said this road is bad. Dirt but only light bumps in the road. Nice scenery all around us. We went past the grader so that part of the road was fantastic. Then we hit the next part of the road. Wow what corrugations & large dips. One part I thought I was on a roller coaster up & down so many tiny hills has well as the corrugations. If you want to know how it feels put yourself in a paint mixer machine, I’m sure it’s something like that.

We spotted lots of red dust in the air up ahead & thought oh no that’s all we need a road train as well. Well just before another large crest in the hill we pulled as far to the side of the road as we could get over & waited & waited. (Took some photos of the beautiful red rocks whilst we were stopped.) Thinking maybe we were wrong we continued again over the crest & spotted the dust again but this time we saw that it was only another 4wd so continued on the bumpy road.

We had excitement coming over the radio mum & dad had stopped they spotted a group of camels munching in trees, bugger we missed them trying to stop ourselves shaking.

So we now had our eyes glued out the windows to the side of the road looking out for camels & WOW we came across 5 in the distance & to make it more exciting we also saw some wild brumbies & a stallion galloping in front of the camels. Yay made the bumps so much more exciting.

While we were stopped I decided to look in the caravan. OH NO disaster had struck the wardrobe door had fallen off, the microwave had also unscrewed itself but it only slid down the bench. A light had lost its screws & fallen out of the ceiling. The oven & fridge had also unscrewed itself & we still had another 50km of bumpy corrugations to go. And red dirt was covering everything. Well it’s all easy to fix with a screw driver.

We came across a 40 gallon drum painted bright yellow with "Lift um foot" meaning to slow down. A bit of humour made a nice distraction from the bumps.

Down the road a lot further & more excitement 4 camels were crossing the road. Another photo shot. But starting up driving again is so painfully bumpy till you reach a good speed.

We past Grosse Bluff a meteorite hit here about 125 million years ago leaving a circle mountain range. Beautiful sight & very interesting. Well we were on tar road again yahoo but I knew there was another 6km of dirt road ahead. Boy was the last 6km the worst of the corrugations bumpy, lumpy & harsh.

At 11.30am we finally arrived at Glen Helen Resort. Beautiful red cliff face behind the resort. It’s a little run down here & very basic but it’ll do for a couple of days.

Bella & Braiden got out of the car after taking off their headphones entered the caravan & saw the disaster & Bella said “Wow how did this happen, it wasn’t even that bumpy” Wow they were so occupied listening to music they didn’t even notice how shaken we were for 4hrs.

As soon as we pulled the van into our spot it was all hands on deck cleaning away the red dirt, picking up all the things which fell out of the cupboards & re-screwing everything back into place.

A quick lunch of ham & cheese brevilles. We sat for a while & rested.

We had a nice short walk to the gorge behind the Resort a very pretty spot with tall reeds along the water edge. Tall towering red cliff face behind. I spotted some red & aqua coloured dragon flies, lots of water birds & stalks. The river is surrounded by smooth rocks. This walk only took us 30mins then we relaxed the afternoon away.

Tonight we had tea at the resort & had entertainment from Barry Skippers “Red Centre Entertainment” he had a lot of his own songs he sang with his guitar & fantastic photos shown on a TV screen behind him of NT scenery he had taken himself.

When Jay went out the back for a smoke a dingo past by him, I don’t know who had the biggest shock.

When we got back I took a couple of star pictures. They are so bright out here love just looking up stargazing.
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