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Australia -
Stuart Highway, West Mc Donnell & Palm Valley  

journal of Pollux and Titus

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November 2004



We take the South bound on the Stuart Highway. This highway crosses Australia from South to North with more
than 3500 km. We drive 1300 km now. There is nothing to see, except the pubs and roadhouses.

The first important and mythical one is the Daly water pub :

T-shirt, hats, business cards are hang on the wall and ceiling.
fortunately, I play with Titus.

The Roadhouse of Tea Tree is also very typical. great atmosphere... we are in the desert
far from the sea : the Australian outback.

Devil marble :
in the middle of nowhere, a group of rocks stand alone, some in a weak balance...

a blue-tongue lizard gets warm in the middle of the road...Titus is curious
               il ne bougera pas !!!
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the monotony of the journey is rhythmical by the road train, always more impressive.

After driving the equivalent of Great Britain, we cross the tropic of Capricorn
and we arrive in Alice Springs
 great business for those cars

The school of the Air was created to give an education
to the children who live in the stations, to far to go to the cities. At the beginning, it was by radio,
now by High Speed Internet.

       Father Christmas sleigh, Australian version  

                          dragon                                    another kind of lizard
                                                    poor python...
                                                    Titus uses it as a toy !!

Alice Springs has also a great pub.
 After recovering Mad Max's car,
we reach the desert...

West Mac Donnell National Park :

It's an enormous rocky barrier on the west of Alice Springs. We start by bicycle :
35 km with 43 degrees... each of us drinks nearly 10 litters of water
                        Simpsons Gap                  surprise when we come back
          Standley Chasm... very impressive

Ormiston gorge :

                                                           those lezards are everywhere


crater done by a meteorite

Palm Valley :

this kind of palm is unique... it grows only in this oasis, in the middle of the desert.

last story of wheels...on our record day for the
temperature (44,7 degrees), we explode a wheel valve...we have to change it another time.
We do it at noon!!! It will take us less than an hour.

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