Day 15: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs : The Outback Magic

The start in the morning for Tennant Creek started with a visit to the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which is a very interesting place to be roadtripping in, especially on a motorcycle.

These are a collection of rounded giant granite boulders in a desert landscape of the Australian outback. It apparently took 1.7 billion years for them to form and a less than 1.7 second for me to capture. Puts things to unfathomable perspective on the time scale. What I was looking at are one of the most wisest ‘lifeforms’ on planet earth, if only they could communicate.


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Riding in the Devil’s Marbles reserve.


Not many places to choose!


Belt up and cruise at 130 kmph for as long as you can!



One of the highlights of the day were the collection of rusted cars at Wauchope Roadhouse Hotel on the Stuart Highway. Reminded me a lot of the MadMax movie!

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After doing research on the internet I found that the cars from L-R were:

Car #1 = ??? (No idea what the hell this thing is)
Car #2 = Buick Series 40 Special 38-41 Trunkback Touring
Car #3 = Plymouth PT-81 Cab Chassis
Car #4 = International Havester AL-110 Ute


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At Wycliffe Well. This is a very small settlement in the outback with a very few permanent residents. This also proclaims itself as the UFO Center of Australia and is also ranked by some publications as fifth in the world for reported UFO activity.

With my alien friend below:



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The aliens are contemplating if they the MultiStrada is really made on earth!


The incredible hulk?


Insane straights.


This can be quite dangerous if you are caught in an invisible vortex at high speeds. A few times it almost threw me off the road, could have very well ended my trip!



This day’s blog has to be dedicated to this man – Andre, from France who was push biking solo with all that stuff in a place like this where roads lead to an endless pursuit of the distant horizons even at 130 kmph. He was doing what he christened as The Long Red Ride from Melbourne to Darwin. A total of 5000 kms on a cycle. I stopped him and spoke to him quite a bit on the middle of the road. You can listen to a few of his experiences in the video documentary that will be made post the trip. It is insane what humans can do if you have the resolve.


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Aileron. A small rest stop before Alice Springs. It had a couple of giant statues of what seemed like Aborginals.




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The road and landscape is unbelievable flat at lot of places in the NT:






The Tropic of Capricorn marker just before Alice Springs

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And this is the GPS reading of the elevation that the marker above is referring to:

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