From Dalhousie Springs it was back into civilisation(?) at Mt Dare where we had a hot(ish) pie for lunch, and filled up with our first fuel and water since Birdsville (600kms).
We followed the "Old Ghan" train track almost to Alice Springs, sometimes travelling on it, and sometimes beside the track.
The "Old Ghan" was decommissioned in 1982 when the new Ghan line was opened. The new Ghan was built about 100kms west of the old track to avoid the continual flood damage in the Finke River and other major crossings.
The photo shows our intrepid photographer, Greg Rivers going to great heights for yet another impressive photo (we think!) from an old water tank required for the Ghan steam engines.
26. Crossing the Finke River.
A kilometre further on we drove through the one and only massive bulldust hole in the trip - visibility ZERO for 20+ metres!
Fortunately D.B. was on hand to record the bulldust charge ......... here we go .....
...... that was fun .... I think!
The vegetation was continually changing, now we went through beautiful mauve flowering pussy willow patches, and masses of desert oaks, a type of casuarina.
At Maryvale Station there were 16 young Victoria Uni students spending 2 weeks working with the Aboriginal children at the local community school. The students and the children were all obviously having a ball!
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