Today we conquered Uluru to Coober Pedy, about 730km. Funny how we have traveled around Australia for the last 2 months and had to find a desert to experience rain. Over the past three days we have had rain for most of the day and during the night, but hey, it’s a desert they could probably use it. We’re hanging out in CP for the night and will be doing some tours during the morning and then inching our way to Adelaide.
Today we hit the 8,000km mark on the van (that’s about 5,000 miles for all the U.S. kids). We had originally targeted 8,400km for the whole trip, but we have a good 3k to 4k more given our plans. We’ll see where we end up, but let’s be certain we are both looking forward to when we can say goodbye to W.A. (a.k.a. the van). :-) We met a very cool couple from Plymouth, MN (the Carlsons) at Uluru yesterday. Yup, the MN population really does congregate at world heritage sites around the world. As we left Uluru we grabbed some gas and had this bird chill out on the mirror of the car. I pumped the gas about 8 inches from this bird and it (he/she) could care less that I was there. I’m coining this little guy as ‘grease lightening’ – it’s a reach, but very cool indeed. Cheers from the now becoming cold southern hemisphere.