Hi everyone, I know it's Pam's turn to do a blog but we only have 15 minutes left on the internet each and I've finished doing what I need to do but she's still doing lots of e-mails so I said I'd write a really quick brief one on the last 4 days,
We left cairns at 5:45am!! And yes we all managed to get up at that time. We were picked up by a Desert Venturer bus. We drove forever, well until about 12. We then stopped for lunch in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere called Mount Surprise. Although there wasn't actually a mountain there so we guessed thats what the surprise was! We ate and then watched a guy called Russell do a snake show, he gave out a load of snakes for us to hold which was cool but then we got bored. Back on the bus we drove through more outback to Georgetown, stopped here for a quick break. The road trip was ace, there were no towns what so ever and all we saw was trees and cows, as well as a few kangeroos! That night we stopped in Normanton where we were to stay for the night. It was a really dodgy 'hotel' and when we got there there wasn't enough beds for me, pam, pip and a guy called George so we were upgraded to a really nice room with its own en-suite etc! Had dinner there which was surprisingly really good too and then just went to the bar for a couple of beers. It was very much a locals pub though, it even had a black board in it with all the names of people who have been barred written on it and the dates they can return.
Early start again the next day, up at 5:30, left at 6:30-ish! We'd made friends with a couple of lads who were on the same trip as us too. We first stopped for a toilet break at around 9am, There were lots of Road Trains round which are huuuuuge lorries that drive through the outback so all the lads got out and took pictures of them although they're really not that interesting! We stopped for lunch next where we had a BBQ which was really good! Although the toilets there were seriously dodgy!! We then drove for just another 20km and stopped at an old aboriginal site called sun rock pools. Laurie our driver told us that the place was for women only and was sacred. Where were rock paintings that were over 250 years old which had been painted on using kangeroo blood! One of the guys on the trip made us laugh as he kept collecting rocks so show he'd been to the outback - weirdo!! Ha That night we stayed on a cattle station which was really cool. They had 2 pet dogs and pet kangaroo called Mary who drank beer and ate ice cream!! Coolest kangaroo i'd ever met!!
Yet again another early start. Last day of travelling today. We stopped in a place just as remote as everywhere else and Laurie made us get out of the bus and do a 'nothing walk' It was bizarre and there was literally nothing around! Finally arrived in Alice Springs anyway and checked into our hostel which is...basic!!
Anyway 2 mins to go! Sorry its so brief! Next one will be done in Adelaide from Pam!
Love Gem and Pam xxxx