Saturday, April 29, 2006

Ridge South of Alice Springs

The train enters Alice Springs through a gap in this ridge that I'm standing on. The Stuart Highway goes through there as well along with a river. I'm using the desert term here which means there was no water in the river at all. Not even mud where there used to be water a week ago. Just sand.
We parted company with Alex here in the Alice because he had booked a tour from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayer's Rock was renamed) and we were renting a 4wd from Budget to drive.
It turns out that if you want to spend more than an hour or two actually at Ayer's Rock or The Olgas that you are better off renting a car by far. It seems that most tours cost more than renting a car on a day by day basis. If you're travelling with two or more people it would be significantly cheaper just to rent a car.
We booked a 4x4 online, just for the fun of it really and when we went to pick it up, we found out that we had been upgraded to an even bigger 4wd. Even though you don't really need one because the roads are all paved and you aren't supposed to go off the road anyway.
Alice Springs is a nice little town, but I don't think I would like to live there. It is a mostly tourist town with five or six aboriginal art galleries and a bunch of restaurants.
We had a good time in Alice Springs.

-Gary Milner

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