June 2013

And ICE!

And ICE!

Pushr Jun 20, 2013 10:27

Frost ! At Silver Hills Motel in Queenstown, TAS

Frost!

Frost!

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.

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Not many places to choose!

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

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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

Source.

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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!

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The incredible hulk?

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Insane straights.

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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!

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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:

 

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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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Day 14 : May 5 : Mt Isa to Tennant Creek : Further into the Center

NOTE: This blog was for May 5th. I will be updating the website as usual from my phone and DSLR. So keep coming back for more new stuff here!

Mt Isa lookout:

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Mt Isa is a city which came into existence because of the vast amount of mineral deposits found in this region. The urbanscape is dominated by a couple of towers / chimneys spewing smoke more often than not. It is practically located in the  middle of the outback as a few other such Australian cities.

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On the way to Tennant creek you can spots thousands of such termite mounds.

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And carcasses of animals, many of which are roadkills:

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At the Queensland and Northern Territory border. The NT had no speed limits before 1st Jan 2007. Now it has 130 kmph, which is frankly not enough to allow the brain to maintain a full attentive state because after a while it feels you are almost standing still even at those speeds on these insane straights.

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A permanent signboard besides an outback two house settlement, probably erected as many unprepared travelers used to run out of fuel in the middle of this outback highway. However, a lot of boards have been erected at the end of each roadhouse or settlement to inform travelers when they will get the next service.

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The soil is almost red as mars here!

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Interesting diffractive / refractive effects caused by the sun and the clouds high up in the sky.

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Reaching Tennant Creek towards the sunset I found this off road leading to a collection of rocks called Kunjarra (The Pebbles).

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The Pebbles.

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These are a  couple of frame extracts from a self video taken at sunset (the video will make it into the final documentary which will be developed post the ride):

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With the sun gone, the landscape loses its fiery charm.

 

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It’s been raining Roos and Emus all night and even now! What a way to ride in Tassie :(

It’s been raining Roos and Emus all night and even now! What a way to ride in Tassie :( At Beachfront at Bicheno in Bicheno, TAS

Cold. Dark. Wet. But beautiful!

Cold. Dark. Wet. But beautiful!

Moo safe!

Moo safe!

This is one cow which didn’t run away!

This is one cow which didn’t run away!

Narrow fairy tale roads!

Narrow fairy tale roads!