Mudgee to Darwin Day 16 Palm Valley to somewhere near Ti Tree

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 14:00

Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW)

Mudgee to Darwin Day 16 Palm Valley to somewhere near Ti Tree

up early and off today, we drove out from Palm Valley, sadly no more sightings of Jessica Mauboy, just occasional horses. We had a quick drive around Hermannsburg, then got on the road. We spotted the sign for Standley Chasm and drove in for a coffee stop and a walk into the chasm, quite a spectacular sight. There were three vintage cars towing camper trailers parked in the parking area when we got back from our walk, they looked well set up and cared for, certainly a different way to travel. The old cars must have been tough, they went all over the country on very rough roads, long before the advent of modern four wheel drives.

We pulled in to Alice Springs before lunch and did some minor repairs to the trailer, which had a hinge on the front bed come loose after the big days of corrugated rough roads. Peter purchased another big tool (pop rivet gun - people powered) as the place who kindly loaned us tools didn't have one big enough. Many thanks to Centre Trailer Hire and Sales, who let us use tools and their workshop to replace pop rivets in the offending hinges. I am so lucky to have such a practical husband, who very capably, and even without much cursing, made the repairs.

We lunched at the workshop, once the job was done, we did some grocery shopping (the biggest woollies store I have ever seen), fuelled up again and headed north up the highway.

We pulled up for the night at a roadside stop about 20km north of Ti Tree, plenty of company, there was about 8 big vans stopped for the night. We cooked and ate under a blanket of amazing stars, then slept to the song of the occasional road train roaring through the night.
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