There was no rush to emerge this morning. There was a heavy dew on everything and it was very cold. I made for a hot shower and once I’d finished the sun was coming up and it was starting to warm up a little. Full layers worn this morning!
We were nearly ready to go when Suzie couldn’t find her bike key. A search ensued and it was eventually found. Then when I went to start my bike it gave a thud but didn’t turn over. I had charged my iPod overnight and had just plugged in my phone so I leapt off, turned everything off and unplugged my phone. After a few minutes, with my fingers crossed, I tried again and to my relief it started. I didn’t like my chances of successfully push starting it.
Our first stop was at Aileron and it ended up being quite a long one. It was a fascinating place with a lot of history about the railway construction, and an Aboriginal art gallery where there was an Aboriginal woman sitting on the floor painting, and lots of art works on display. The colours and patterns were beautiful. As you ride in to Aileron you are greeted by two enormous statues, one of a woman and child standing together, and the other of a man on a distant hill. The spear he is holding is 17 metres long.
Giant statues at Aileron
Our destination was Alice Springs. We have had several run-ins with kamikaze birds. They dart in and out of our bikes as we ride as if playing a game. So far I’m the only rider not to have collected one... (Teena feels like she’s been tarred and feathered now!)
In Alice Springs we checked into the campground and set up. Our tents were still wet from this morning, but I had to get into shorts and t-shirt. What a difference 6 hours makes. Teena went to have her bike looked at and they can fix it as soon as the part arrives from her dealer in Perth.
After lunch we rode out to the East MacDonnell Ranges, visiting Emily Gap and Jessie Gap. We rode as far as Corroboree Rock. The formations are impressive, especially in the setting sun.
We cooked dinner in the camp kitchen. I heard from Doug and Scott – they were in Tennant Creek having been totally rained out in Kununurra and having to cancel all their plans, and the Tanami track was closed putting an end to any dirt riding. They will be in Alice tomorrow.
Today’s distance: 301km