Outback Driving

Whenever we told Australians that we were traveling through the Red Centre all the way to Cairns, they would simply grin to themselves and wish us luck. Obviously we knew it was going to be a challenge but nothing can prepare for quite how vast this country is. We’ve almost finished our first long day of driving and it has been relatively boring and tiring on the eyes. There hasn’t been any of the excitement of being seconds from death at any moment like there was on the night driving experience. So far the most exciting thing that’s happened has been almost running out of petrol. We have seen some awesome eagles, I just wish they had been circling the skies like predators rather than picking at road kill like scavengers but I guess a bird’s gotta eat. 
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 One really amazing thing was being able to witness the stars in complete darkness at the campsite last night. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to see so many and trying to pick out the constellations when they’re the wrong way round provided some entertainment. For a while at least…
However, the main reason some of the Aussies would laugh at our objective is that they’ve done the same thing before. As tiring and boring as the journey may be, a trip through the outback is something that has to be done at least once in a lifetime. All I can say now is that Uluru better be worth it and next time I’m definitely flying.

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