Den (dewhitton) wrote,

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Eric the Car at the border marker between South Australia and the Northern Territory

The road into Alice Springs. The gap through the Macdonnell Range was carved by the Todd River,
home of the Henley-On-Todd regatta which has to be cancelled if the river gets water in it. They say you're
a local if you see the Todd River flow 4 times.

Alice Springs. The town grew from a relay station for the Overland Telegraph.

"You have enterd... The Torrid Zone." The marker for the Tropic Of Capricorn, just north of Alice Springs.
The car's rear is in the Temperate Zone, while the front is in The Torrid Zone. From this moment on the noonday sun
was to the South of us. The lat. and lon. are taken from a photo of the plaque on the front of the marker.

When I say Road Train, I mean Road Train. 53 metres long with 2 drivers. They would do "hot-seat" change-overs: the passenger climbs in behind the driver and progressively takes over the controls until the driver can climb out of the way. This was so they could change without stopping. It takes a long time to get one of these rigs up to speed.
Taken at Wauchope Creek, where we bought an egg & bacon breakfast that had truely unchewable bacon.

I mean, unchewable. Teeth bounced and jaws ached before the bacon began to fragment.

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