On the Tanami track - camped at Flooded Creek

Trip Start May 02, 2009
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Trip End Jun 07, 2009


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, May 8, 2009

Today we are heading across to join the Tanami Track - 1054 kms of dirt road, from just north of Alice Springs to Halls Creek in WA.  We will miss the start as we do not want to backtrack to Alice.

Our path leads down the 35 km of sealed rd to Beercan Corner (don't know why it is called that - there are no beer cans) where we turned onto the dirt towards Haast Bluff.  Not a bad rd - reasonably smooth for about 60kms where we reached a t-junction at Round Hill - there is a round hill here.  We turned right, away from Haast Bluff  and had another 100kms or so to the Tanami.

We had travelled about half way along this pretty smooth dirt road, when we heard an odd noise and decided we should stop to check - good move...... the rear driver side tyre was flat!  Bugger.  Liz was driving and was quite upset that this happened on her shift.  We changed the tyre and were back on our way in about 20 minutes. 

Reached the Tanami and turned left.  The Tanami is still bitumen here, so it was a nice smooth ride into Tilmouth Well roadhouse. This is the first of only two roadhouses on the Tanami.  There are a few communities on side tracks where you can get fuel if you are desperate - but we did not expect to do this as we are carrying two jerrycans of extra fuel .

Tilmouth Well is quite a nice spot.  They were very friendly and repaired our tyre - $25 which we thought was very reasonable considering how remote we are. Our initial schedule had us staying the night here, but also with a very long drive tomorrow, so we decided to push on and camp on the roadside.

The sealed rd finishes a couple of kms out of Tilmouth Well and the dirt was pretty badly corrugated in many places between here and Yuendumu - bad enough that you could travel no more than 20 km/hr. After that is was fairly smooth going - some corrugations but not as bad earlier.

Eventually we arrived at a little creek crossing (no water) and found a pleasant camp spot about 20 m off the road - this was Flooded Creek and we pitched camp for the night.
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