Wednesday 7th May, (Wycliffe).
We have now moved on from Alice Springs. As it was getting rather cold of an evening, and it is up to 10deg warmer at Tennant Creek, we decided not to stay the extra few days at Alice and to move further north.
Our plans for the travel leg to Tennant Creek were as follows; Today, 200k to a rest area just north of Ti-Tree, overnight there then another 200k to Devils Marbles (National Park), a couple of nights there and then the other 100k to Tennant Creek. As has happened before, all good plans of mice and men, when we arrived at the said rest area near Ti-Tree our usual problem occurred.
The problem we have staying at rest areas is mainly that we are travelling on our own and we won’t stay at any of them on our own for security reasons. As we only plan on travelling short distances and arrive at rest areas at about 1:00pm, there are at that time no other travellers stopped there with the idea of camping. I get the impression that if others intend staying at rest areas they don’t intend to much before dark, this is too late for us to stay there waiting to see if they are going to stop, so by 2-3:00 pm it is time for us to make the decision to move on. This is what again occurred and we decided to go another 100k to Barrow Creek. When we arrived at Barrow Creek our first impressions of the caravan park were very far from favourable so we decided that we would definitely not be stopping there so the only decision would be to go on to Wycliffe Well, a Big4 caravan park in the middle of nowhere that would be ok being Big4. This was a further 100k north totalling 400k for the day, which is a long trip for us so we will stay here for a couple of days then have a short 50k trip to the Marbles and continue our original plans.
The caravan park at Wycliffe has a difference, having a UFO and Aliens theme, and other attractions so it will be a welcome stay here for a couple of day’s relaxation.
The grandeur of scenery seems to have ceased after leaving Alice Springs and is now more of a nature that we had expected of the entire centre. After we have experienced what we have seen we now accept the countryside up this way is still of a changing nature and perfectly acceptable, meaning we will now not get bored with the scenery as we did in the Queensland outback last year, hopefully.