A 6.30am pick up by the Groovy Grape tour bus signalled the start of a 1,740 mile journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs over 7 days. The actual shortest distance via the Stuart Highway is 995 miles so the additional miles were made up of the use of alternative dirt track routes, diversions to sights, camping grounds, etc.
Kev the driver had 14 of us on board and there was a feeling of "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" about the trip as we headed north towards the red centre knowing we would be spending the next week touring together.
Also on board:
Jake (South Australia
The route today took us from Adelaide to Angorichina - around 280 miles. Passing up through the Clare Valley through Melrose (where we stopped for lunch at the foot of Mount Remarkable) then on to Quorn (the starting point for the old Ghan railway) on to the Oodnadatta Track (just dirt) stopping at the Yourambulla Caves to see some Aboriginal rock paintings and finally into the Flinders Ranges and to our overnight stop at Parachilna Gorge. We arrived about 7.30pm so a very long day. Could have been earlier but for the two blow-outs we had on the way!