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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Words and Pictures - A Long Drive

Pip over at Meet Me At Mikes has a weekly meme called words and Pictures .

This month is entitled A Long Drive

Heres my contribution


It’ll be fun they said. It was quite a while ago.

They were friends who wanted to go but not on their own and now were suggesting a very long drive. Two couples together for a few weeks – it’ll be fun.

I’d grown accustomed to the thought and was planning likewise, we’d all use their car and they would do most of the driving.

Then they pulled out; we could do it another time they said but our leave was arranged and we needed a break.

We’ll do it ourselves he said, but we only have a six cylinder sedan not a 4wheel drive, don’t worry he said most roads are sealed these days.

What about petrol and water, no worries he said, roadhouses and homesteads about every 200kms, fill up car and us there. Have cans in the car and carry spare fuel, food and water.

So off we went, us who’d never been further than Adelaide or Sydney (and we thought they were a long drive away) we were going to be more than a month away from home by ourselves, heading north to the Territory.

Took the easy way to begin, put the car and us on that fabulous train The Ghan to The Alice and then began The Long Drive - Up the Track – Alice Springs to Darwin and lots of other points along the road on the way down again.

We moteled, we caravanned, we tented, we cabined, slept in rooms tunnelled into the ground and I even got one day and a night (my birthday in a flash very expensive hotel at Uluru where I was able to lounge in a bath for the first time in four weeks.

We sat in the car for hours between places, saw nobody on the road for hours, waved at passing motorists when we did see them, took turns at driving, listened to many books on tape, stretched and ran about when we stopped, saw wildlife galore, viewed paintings on rocks by people who were in those places so many years ago, climbed that big thing in the middle of the country (that’s what you did then), were wary of road trains (even saw the Beer Ones), watched beautiful sunrises and even more fabulous sunsets and experienced so many other things in a part of Australia I knew existed but never thought I’d see.

Came home exhausted but so fulfilled and wanting to do it again.

Can’t remember the exact length of the drive -it was a Very Very Long Drive.

As well as the enlightening moments there were the lighthearted moments - I’d do it all again in a flash - Just to see a petrol/gas station like this

Or drive on roads like this.

or be scared s...........less by things like this coming up behind you and actually overtaking you lol


  1. What a great trip Cathy, enjoyed all the photos. I've heard of those big trucks but wow, that last photo, would hate to be behind that wheel :))) Thanks for such a fun post, as always.

  2. What a great trip. Canada has some similar trips like the Dempster Highway to the Arctic coast.
    Our great truckers adventure is working on the ice road to the diamond mines in the North at the Winter with -40 to -50C.

    That big thing in the middle of the country is Ayres rock I would guess.
    Even this stay at home Canuck know the name.

  3. I had a question do the road trains have multiple trailers on them all the time, and what is the maximum number?

    Gill in Canada

  4. HI Cathy,
    What a great trip!:o)
    Have a great wk.end!

  5. What a lovely theme she came up with.

  6. It seemed a long drive from Alice Springs to Ayres Rock too! We caught The Indian Pacific and travelled 24 hrs from Sydney to Adelaide. We have great memories of this and are so glad we did it. We plan to return to Australia in 2010 for my OH's 50th birthday. There is so much still to see. x


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