-2C night in Alice Springs
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Up and on
the road by 8.30am. The target for today
Most of the day was spent driving. We stopped at Aileron, attracted by a massive sculpture of an Aborigine atop a hill. When we pulled into the gas station for a drink Lisbeth and I wandered over to the matching sculptures of a woman and child. They were outside the art rooms and gallery but we just enjoyed the warmth of the afternoon sun without going in to see the displays inside.
the afternoon we arrived in
My first priority was warm clothes. My 12 months in the tropics of Timor Leste meant I had nothing suitable for cold desert nights of an Australian outback winter. Don’t be fooled by the idea the Aussie outback is desert, that doesn’t mean blistering heat 24 hours a day. The clear night skies have no ability to trap heat so it’s not a place for cotton shirt sleeves between 7pm in the evening and 9am next day. I had to find a jacket and some thermals or I was going to cry!
done, we found a pub next to an internet café.
The cafe had closed but the man reopened for Lisbeth when she tried the
door. Rick and I stayed in the pub and
enjoyed a beer. The pub was meant to be
Quite frankly, Bo can stow his saloon. The service was terrible, the place was dirty and the beer was bloody expensive. No excuse for any of those things in my opinion.
We made our way back to the hostel in the dark after doing a bit of grocery shopping. Chef Rick whipped up a pasta dish in the kitchen and we all sat around the table talking travel with the others there. Most of the guys were talking World Cup Football.
They had the draw and were busy mapping
results. Tonight NZ’s All Whites were
Considering we weren’t expected to even qualify this was quite an achievement. I wound everyone up by telling them the NZ team were dark horses and would bring the cup back home. There wasn’t one person that believed that, not even myself.