Wednesday, June 10, 2009

DAY ONE 4/6/09

We managed to get up at 3am and were out the door  by 4, we picked up a friend of ours and headed to the airport.  We were nearly there when we heard on the radio that there were major disruptions at Brisbane airport.  Great, Lucky we had a bit of time up our sleeves to catch our connecting flight in Sydney.  We need not have worried as Sydney airport was closed for two hours due to fog. At the airport we met some more friends and we were set.  Our plane left for Alice Springs about an hour late and we landed there about 2pm.

We flew over western NSW and straight across the Simpson Desert.  I can not put into words how spectacular it was, if we were sitting on the other side of the plane we would have been able to see Lake Eyre.  We live in the most amazing country. It’s just so beautiful.  I looked on Google for some photo’s but found none that does it justice.

We were met at the airport by Les, Glenys, and Johnny, it was great they got our race car there in one piece lol.  Steve and Jude were also there to meet us.  The G &T Racing Team were almost complete.  Tony’s navigator Gary was unable to get to Alice Springs due to delays with his house settlement so Les was asked to navigate.  Les has raced the Finke three times before and has finished every time, would he be a good luck charm only time would tell.

We were staying at the Heavitree Gap Resort it wasn't our first choice but by the time we decided to enter the race  there wasn't a huge choice left with accommodation but it was fine, warm and clean you cant ask for more than that.  I didn't take many photo’s but here is the view out my front and back doors.

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Every afternoon rock wallabies come down the cliffs for a feed, they are the cutest little things and so tame.

The photo below is from my back door, the dirt in front is the Todd River you have the main Highway to SA and the Railway.  We saw The Ghan and the longest freight trains I have ever seen go past. 

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You could sit on the log with them and they would come right up to you.

We had a quiet night and just went to the Heavitree Tavern for dinner.

Bye for now

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