Uluru ---> Alice Springs ----> Coober Pedy

Trip Start May 28, 2007
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Sunday, September 9, 2007

So we made it back to Alice Springs, filling up the radiator with water every 100k, we went out fri night and got pretty smashed but very next day we took the car to a radiator specialist who cleaned the radiator and put in a new thermostat which cost $280 so he fixes it then after goes " your head gaskets blown" good one if i had known that i wouldnt have goten the radiator fixed, cunt so he then wanted $800 to fix it so im like yeah i will call you on mon....... so now we are in Coober Pedy 850k from Alice Springs and the car is still running with a blown head gasket!!! We did have to stop every 50k to fill the radiator up with water, we had to pull over when the car got too hot.... loosen the radiator cap and slowly let the hot steam come out, then fill her up with about 2 litres of water each time!!! took about 9 hours or so to drive the 700k to coober pedy but we did make it!

Coober Pedy is a mad place, here some people live underground to escape the 65 degree summer heat, the place is very dusty and there are only a few olive trees around, people here dont have green gardens! The whole place is dusty, red dirt everywhere, the hostel we stayed at has underground dorms... we slept 6.5m underground was well cool! We took staurts opal mine tour which was excellent, the tour guide has been living in Coober Pedy for years and he knew all about the towns wacky history. The town even had its own golf course.... not a piece of grass on it, all made up of red dust! Loads of folk here do Opal mining, they reckon only about 15 percent of the opals have been mined in the area! If it wasnt for the opals here the town prolly wouldnt exist, the place is just a desert!

We visited an underground house, tempretures underground stay between 21 and 24 so its a good spot to be when its 65 outside! We also visited a underground serbian church which is now world heritage listed, that was pretty cool, and around coober pedy they filmed a good few films... scenes from mad max 3 were filmed here. We visited the dog fence which is the longest fence in the world, it was bult to keep the dingoes away from the southern parts of oz so the sheep could live in peace! Coober Pedy was well worth the visit!
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