Outback Roadtrip (Driving to King's Canyon)

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
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Trip End Jun 20, 2006


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My Uluru tour was amazing and would be nearly impossible to describe in one sentence, or even in this journal. As they say, it's something you must see to appreciate.

It started at Alice Springs around 5am, well before sunrise. I got registered, and piled into a 22-person van. Then I met my tour guide, Diesel. He got his nickname from being an auto mechanic, more specifically an auto mechanic whose hands were allergic to diesel fuel. To the point that he now washes the steering wheel, because other drivers refuel (our van, funny enough was a diesel) the van, and then get diesel on their hands, and then on the steering wheel.

I then got to see the dark outlines of eight other passengers. Later we found out that our group was the smallest Diesel had ever had, previously he had 12, but 9 was a big difference. Needless to say we had plenty of legroom, allowing us to each have two seats to ourselves.

We traveled for about two hours, most everyone but me slept, I was way to excited to sleep. I also got to watch the sunrise from the van, exposing a well-coloured outback. When we made our first stop, I decided to take Diesel up on his offer to let someone sit in the co-pilot's seat upfront. I'm glad I did. I got to talk with Diesel all the way to King's Canyon (2.5 hours after our first stop). I got to ask a bunch of questions about the passing scenery, and I ended up knowing a lot more about the semi-arid desert than anyone else. We also got to discussing our tastes in music, since Diesel was using a 40gb MP3 player to DJ for our trip. It turns out we have similar tastes in music. Apparently I'm the only person on any of his tours to even recognize Sublime, let alone be a fan. It was great, because the rest of the way there I was naming off artists/titles, further surprising Diesel. Later in the trip, he asked me to 'DJ' off my MP3 player, so he could hear some of my music that he had been hearing about.

The next stop we made was for lunch, just before King's Canyon. This was the first time everyone was awake, so we introduced ourselves. The others on the trip were:

Laura and Helen from the U.K. traveling together. Sarah, from the U.K. Sophia, from France. Caroline, from Estonia. Vincent and Desiree from the Netherlands. And finally... Stefen from Germany.

After lunch we went a few more minutes in the van until we arrived at King's Canyon.
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