hello again Pamela followers!!
hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the fine scottish weather that i hear you are having!! Im sorry to say i am just back from 6 days in blistering heat that was actually pretty much unbearable for me!! Back in Adeladie for one day (today) and i leave again tomorrow for the next part of my tour, 3days to Great Ocean Road. Leave at 6am tomorrow, argh.
My Alice Spring to Adelaide part was pretty amazing like, despite the heat! I am offically shattered from it but it was worth it!
Flight to Alice Spring last fri was pretty rough with turb but only hour so wasn't too bad. Alice Spring...i think the only reason it might be a popular place is beacuse it's the gateway to red centre for most...i would not hurry back. It's a very small, hot, dry and strange town. Luckily i only had one night there. In which it was very hot and me and Britt explored the small town, as we headed back to hostel we got caught in a random lightniging/rain storm and got soaked! so i sat drying my clothes/trainers with my hairdryer all night.
Due to the rain/floods that evening rivers that haven't flowed in years flowed, roads got closed and Kings' Caynon, our first area of our tour, got closed off due to sever flooding. The roads in are all dirt roads so cars where getting stuck etc so we wouldn't know if we could see that part!
Our frist day was meant to be Kings C but we went to Kata Jjuta instea, also known as the olgas, we did a massi hike around these beautiful strange rocks. Taht ngiht we went to Ulura for sunset drinks and photos, was totally packed which kinda spoils the moment but truly amazing!
That night i slept in a swag outside under the stars! it was so cool! Britt did so too, as did the 2 American's we got friendly with on tour, Blair and Brooke, it was too many B's for my liking i kept getting mixed the whole tour!
Next day we got word that Kings C was opened again! woo, so that morning we done our hike round Ulura in the morning sun, was lovley. Then drove to Kings' C for a huge climb then trek around that and down to the garden on eden! This is a lovely garden wich normally doesn't have water at the end in the pool but it did today! so folk jumped right in for a swim!
That night we camped in King C camp ground and there was wild dingo's everywhere!! they just kept wandering around trying to steal whatever they could! We had big fire that night, our guide sang ozzie songs, we played the diggerydoo! He read some ozzie folk lore and we had lovely night by fire, befroe hitting bed early! such a lightweight in oz!
Sadly monday was a day of 12 hour driving to next destination as our days got mixed due to weather, so was long boring day. Arrived in Coober Pedy that night (as the pics shows) this is the opal capital of the world apparently. To me it was a randome barron town that has most pubs/houses underground in the shade.
The tour guide, wombat, played billy connelly tour of oz in the van as he went to this place and 'noodled' for opals, so once we arrievd, ofcourse me and the 3 B's all went 'noodling'!! such a great word! Was soo funny, you should have seen us. We all found opals but nothign that was big enough for jewellery. Dont worry folks, i have them with me in my bag, pressies for all!haha. That night we had pizza and drinks at a underground hotel/bar. It was dead. So me adn the 3 B's all got up and rocked the jutebox with great hits like Bon Jovi, Pink, Abba and the likes and we where the only ones to hit the dancefloor before hitting our underground hotel that night! lovely!
Tues we done mine tour. Then bak on road to drive for 8hours to Quorn. Very small remote town where we stayed two nights. We stayed in a 4dorm room wtith our own shower, this exicited us very much!! no late night trecking outdoors to loo's!
Wed we got up early to drive to Flinders range to climb mount ohlssen-bagge!! when the tour guide says 'tackke' the hill, they weren't joking! i honestly thought about turning back soooo many times, it was soo tough. The heat was horrid, it was a very steep incline, was the toughest we done so far. Some folk turned back but the American's where shouting words of encourangement from miles ahead (haha) so i finally made it to the top for some amazing views and photo ooops.
Thurs we left for Adeladie. I would like to say i had nice long lie today but sadly im so used to waking so early that it didn't happen. Was up at like 6am, bennefit was that Bob was able to call me for hour or so chat, well till his oz sim credit ran out, we can go on for while. So we exchanged all our gossip and up and comimg plans. missing him lots. And you...whoever is reading this just now...:)
So today Blair sadly left us. She is doing term of uni at townsville uni so she has exam on monday so can't do great ocean road part. So we said bye to her this morning and i wont see her again, until i visit california, which is where she is from. He mum loves the scottish so i have to go visit, i was thinking of taking shortbread but apparently Blair says they get walkers over there!
This left me with the two B's, Britt and Brooke who is doing tour. So we booked our melbourne accomodation and i got in touch with mate Stu, he is putting me up for my last weekend in melbourne after Britt leaves for home, so we're going to party Scottish style. Im also trying to get him to come to 'Neighbours' tour/ party night with me!! Britt has never heard of it...
Went for lovely pizza dinner with my 2 B's and then they booked tickets to go see Rent somwhere in town and i just couldn't be bothered, needed to do washing, pack bag and thougth i could catch up with mail and meet my german mates ollie and susse from the last tour as they are still here. So met them for quick drink and catch up. Wont see them again as they are now working here for quite a while. Just getting ready to head to bed shortly...it's back of ten here and i am up at 5am! the joy!
missing everyone! keep in touch, hopefully i can use Stu's internet to sit and upload pics one day!!! love Pamela xxx