18 August

Today was shorter than yesterday only 151 miles yet we set off early at 7.30 AND for the first time the temperature was slightly higher than previous mornings and I discarded one layer. By lunch-time when I took over driving I was down to short sleeves and no hat, gloves etc.
The roads were no less exciting than previous days with vegetation varying as we drove along.
There was just one town, Elliott, that we passed through with just one shop and quite a few abandoned houses. The town began at the site of Number 8 bore on Newcastle Waters Station as an Australian Army camp during World War 2.
A really good day and we arrived at Daly Waters our destination at 3.30.
No network connection! Tomorrow definitely.

17 August

Long run today – 171 miles. The longest so far on this event and the greatest distance the Oldsmobile has travelled in one day, at least since she has been in my ownership.
We left at 7am suitably rugged up and called into look at Karlu Karlu Desert Marbles. The rock formations looked spectacular as the sun rose in the sky.
The Devils Marbles are large granitic boulders that form the exposed top layer of an extensive and mostly underground granite formation. The natural processes of weathering and erosion have created the various shapes of the boulders. Some of the boulders are naturally but precariously balanced atop one another or on larger rock formations, while others have been split cleanly down the middle by natural forces.
We spent about half an hour photographing the Olds then continued on our way.
Lorraine spent the day with another couple who were going to take her into Tennant Creek where she used to live back in the seventies. Bruce took over the catering and we had a good Aussie ‘pie and sauce’ for lunch and Lorraine enjoyed looking for the house she used to live in.
The road dipped and rose all day through stunning countryside with rock formations.
The Olds didn’t miss a beat arriving at Renners Springs at 4pm
Barrow Creek Telegraphic Station

16 August

An 8am start from Ti-Tree Camping Complex and our very basic accommodation we continued on the quiet Stuart Highway, heading north.
I had been told that the scenery today was much the same without variety but that was far from the truth. There were mountain ranges in the distance, mulga bushes and more rock formations as we progressed.
We called into Barrow Creek where the only, original Overland Telegraphic Station was still intact and preserved.
Barrow Creek was chosen as a site for an Overland Telegraph morse repeater station in 1871. It was one of 15 such repeater stations on a network traversing Australia and linking to Europe, providing essential communication services.
The Olds kept chuff, chuffing away, very healthily, all day and we arrived at our next destination, Wauchope at 3pm. We were expecting even more basic accommodation but it is an improvement of last night.
Avery long day tomorrow and there is no network here hence no posting of blog. Sorry!!!

15 August

It must sound monotonous when I complain about the weather and I have decided that I’ll only mention the subject when there is a substantial change.
Managed to leave Alice Springs just after 8 am. One’s mental picture of Alice is a town right in the middle of a flat desert. That perception is far from reality. The scenery is quite interesting as you approach the town with quite spectacular rock formations with the road cutting right through. We stayed at the foot of one of the craggy rocks and were entertained by rock wallabies climbing up the rocks.Rock Wallabies
Travelling out of Alice was just as impressive as we climbed some mountains before reaching the flat.
The Olds seemed to be purring even sweeter than yesterday and negotiated all of the rises, only losing a few miles an hour.
We soon reached the Tropic of Capricorn and when we stopped a number of tourists lined up to take our picture. One woman asked if we had hired the car aPosing at Tropic of Capricorn1s she had never seen anything like it before. I told her that I didn’t know anywhere where you could hire 110 year old cars.
Arrived at Ti-Tree our destination just after 3pm. And the Olds never missed a beat.

14 August

A later start today – almost 8.30 before we got away. The distance was a bit shorter, just 145 miles and we thought it might be a bit warmer. It wasn’t, well……..perhaps slightly – at least the wind wasn’t so strong.
The Olds seemed to purr like a kitten today. She seems to enjoy the cooler conditions unlike the owner dressed with five layers of clothing plus a windproof jacket, a fleece blanket covering the knees and finally a windproof rug to top it all off. I stayed like that was all day.
The scenery today was certainly one of the most stunning we have experienced on the trip. There were rocky outcrops of all shapes, sizes and hues, mountain ranges in the distance and the road climbed and dipped down most spectacularly with the Olds hardly losing any speed as she climbed. What a wonderful horseless carriage she is.
Our arrival time at Alice Springs was 3.30. We certainly made good time.
Mark and Bruce are now checking and oiling the Oldsmobile ready for tomorrow’s trek. Tomorrow we cross the Tropic of Capricorn. I told the lads that the weather would be hot from then on. Just hope they realised that I was joking or I will be a target for more ribbing!!

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