The Red Centre
Trip Start Jun 21, 2007
24Trip End Jul 14, 2007
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Adventure Tours picked us up at 6.15am - again in a minibus and continued to pick up others until once again we were full and squished in. Immediately our guide Clark racked up the horrible rap music so loud it was assaulting. Several of the other passengers put in earplugs to escape the din.
One nice surprise was that this trip had a cook - a lovely French girl called Natalie
Once again, the minibus broke down so Clark had to swap it for a 4WD bus - unfortunately he remembered to transfer his 2 CD's from the minibus - M&M rap and Credence Clearwater Revival.
After lunch we drove out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walked the Valley of the Winds. It was a good test of my dodgy knees which had been slightly rested for the past 3 days. I managed to walk over the rocks and up the hills for 2kms before my legs started wobbling. It was a really lovely walk in the early afternoon.
We then drove over to Uluru sunset viewing area with 50 other buses and 1000 other people. Clark dragged out the champagne and munchies and a wonderful civilized time was had by all. The third lovely surprise of the day was the return to the campsite to a ready prepared meal and a table set with wine and a tablecloth
The final group is more interesting than our previous two tours. There are 6 Aussies, 4 Irish, 2 Taiwanese one Swiss lady and an American girl. They are quite an entertaining bunch but unfortunately the American girl is so loud and never ever shuts up. Her voice cuts through all conversations and can be heard at least 1km away, which is very annoying when doing walks through canyons. The Irish girls can also talk the hind leg off a donkey but their lyrical tones are quite pleasant to the ear - unlike the American twang, yaking on and on and on about the fleas on her cat or some other such rubbish. She has something to say on EVERY topic - the most inane crap comes out of her mouth.
Here's a hint people: when traveling in groups it's a good idea to shut up!
Shut Up and Listen!
Listen to silence - it's much more interesting than the fleas on your damn cat.