Alice Springs - Northern Territory
REST DAY IN ALICE SPRINGS - 2nd September 2017
I think the whole team has done just that - rested! Yet also achieved things like getting washing up to date, replenishing supplies for the next leg of the journey, caught up on emails, phone calls and internet posts, checked oil, water, tyre pressures and filled the van with petrol and drinkable water.
It looks like some hot days coming up. Today in Alice it has been 32C and very dusty. Forecast predicts 25 for tomorrow - better for riding. This morning when we woke up it was really windy and would have been just horrible for riding. I so hope the weather forecast for tomorrow is right - and we should have a helpful wind most of the day.
A wonderful part of this journey is the people you meet along the way - and tonight we got to "chat" with a French family who are on a 7 month world tour. They fly from Alice to Sydney tomorrow and will continue on for a month in New Zealand. They were very interested in what we were doing and asked all sorts of interesting questions.
What has been especially lovely and very humbling is that they have already been on internet and made a donation to the ILF!!! This is both in support of us (even tho they thought we were mad) but also as foreigners to this country they wondered how they could help the indigenous people. Thank you so much Christophe, Cathy, Zoe and Penelope - a real pleasure to meet you all. Cathy and Christophe with 12yo Penelope and 10yo Zoe with us.
Bette and Barry visited some museums and other places of interest, and they would be staying on another night and they will catch up to us when we get to Barrow Creek. Des hadn't really got any more answers on his vehicle, so spent more time "tinkering" with things under the bonnet.
We had a nice evening meal in the immaculate camp kitchen / dining area, and turned in reasonably early as we had 140 kms to ride the next day.