Red earth and arid sparkles under the blazing sun. The light is strong and blinding. It's hot, very hot. Not a breath of strand. Not a tree, not even a shrub. As pebbles and red sand. The few villages / hamlets crossed dusty deserts. Timeless atmosphere, and quite inhospitable.
Here we are: the outback, as they say here. The panels set the tone: the "big city", Alice Springs, is approximately 1200 kms further north in the middle of nowhere. GPS side is easy: it's always right! Before leaving, we just need to forget our reference distances and remember that a city written on a sign is often a hamlet of a few people or even just a service station and bar. Moreover, the Glendambo entry panel sets the scene: 30 people (we recounted 10 times, we have seen in 4); 2 million flies (not the courage to count but we confirm); 22,500 sheep (still looking to us. There's a giant barbecue have had before our visit).
A typical day in the outback
After 3 hours driving, Deborah will welcome you in the only the only bar service station the only village within 250 kms (actually, the village it's only service station and the house proprios of places). It will serve you a cold beer in the company of passage ziziriders with whom you can compete for the roast-toto the month. We, we are beaten soundly. Once passed beers and your ith cheese buger chugged you can go relax in the cozy little motel brand new for 40 years, or the tent on its parking pebbles and sand (sold as a campsite) . If Deborah is not to your taste, only 250 kms away (it's simple, it's still all right!) Separate you from the next roadhouse where Kelly will welcome you in the unique bar of the only gas station the only village service in a radius of 250 kms. It will serve you a cold beer in the company of passage ziziriders (those seen in Deborah) with which you can compete (again!) For the roast-toto the month. We, we still lost! They are strong these Australians! At this rate, we traveled 1200 km in the middle of nowhere with no one ... just red sand, dust and some shrubs struggling to get the tip of their nose in this region so arid and inhospitable. Music background in Linkpark to give us heart to work! And each camper cross was our buddy, "hello people" !. The only life, in fact, we encountered: the pesky flies! We knew the fly-fishing, we discovered hunting fly became our hobby (not favorite!). A real genocide! Do not worry, we left you for your next visit in Australia. Oh yes, on the 1200 kms, there is still a town / village of 3000 hab. (Wahoo!): Coober Pedy, opal capital of the world. City dust, 42 ° C in the shade (ah, we wanted the sun!) And less than 10% moisture (it's very dry in the area), no one in the streets only a few travelers like us and aborigines account for the left ... Sad. To protect themselves from the hot weather, the locals have converted the old opal mines cave house in which to live: constant 25 ° C all year. While this lack of light, it's very ingenious. Rush pale gold gathered here some 40 nationalities, including Serbs who dug their underground church. The water here is very scarce commodity and that is expensive. Since 1985, a factory desalted water pumped from an aquifer (vestige of a time - 120 million years anyway - where the sea covered within Australia). Hard life here, very hard! One feature of this road - endless - are the road trains. Késako? A truck that looks like a train or a train that looks like a truck? This is actually trucks with towing tractor (hence its name) up to three trailers. Finally: a set of 55 m long (limited by law, but the record is 92 m) for weights exceeding one hundred tons. Put them in front of a bull bar (finally visor kangaroo) and go for a night of carnage: kangaroos, cows anything goes! Given their size, we even asked if the driver realizes what that is. Going up north, we meet the dog fence. 5600 km of barriers were erected to protect the southern herds against dogs, dingoes as they say here. Dingoes are wild dogs that indigenous domesticated in the past. In summary, the outback is a unique experience. Here are some tips before attacking: take along his fly net (it's certainly not for class photos, but very practical!); sunscreen (it's that pat on the area), water (scarce that reminds us oh it is fragile and vital); a cinderblock to rest your right foot and stall Tintin (sweet name of our camper) to 100 km / h. No need to map: there's only one road, and it's always right! And, if you ever take the desire to (re) live the unique atmosphere of the Australian outback, we recommend the book Cul-de-sac of Douglas Kennedy (but perhaps is it better to read ... after).
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