Leaving Alice Springs, we decided to wave good-bye to Claudia one more time. So we pulled up at her work place, the Water tank cafe, and had a coffee and a ‘Chunky Nana’: A banana, milk, honey, pistachio and chocolate bits drink. Luckily, she was able to have a 15min break so we could talk a bit more before leaving.
The Stuart Highway continues on to Darwin now. Today, the plan was for a longer ride. 510km to Tennant Creek which is the next town after Alice Springs.
We stopped shortly in Aileron to take pictures of the larger-than-life statues there but then continued on. A forced break at a road closure and a couple of refueling stops were the only interruption of the monotony.
The road closure took 20min and we were told that it was due to “a movie being shot”, or rather a commercial for a car.
Lunch was at one of the roadside rest areas and the most exciting thing that happened was that a poor dingo nearly got run over.
In the afternoon, we reached Devil’s Marbles. . Many people had told us to camp there as Devil’s Marbles the marbles are best seen in sunrise or sunset. The late afternoon light made them look pretty already. The main reason that we drove on to Tennant Creek is that tomorrow is another 500km day which would have become a 600km day if we had camped early.
Going towards Tennant Creek, the landscape gets greener already and is dotted with big termite mounds. Flo liked them and we tried to take a picture of them. Most were right next to the highway though without a good place to stop nearby.