We packed out of our quarters at Utopia early, and hit the track back to civilisation.
There was 160kms of dirt road before we hit tar. And then another 100kms or so back to The Alice, as it’s called out here.
I did the trip in good time, because in the Northern Territory there’s no speed limit. You can go as fast as is safe. It’s one of the few places in the world now where there’s no speed limit.
(The autobahns in Germany now have speed limits…)
I found myself winding the Toyota 4WD rental up to 195km/hr.
It freaked me out a bit, going that fast – but the road was straight, there was no traffic, the 4WD was almost brand new, and there was no risk of roos.
Back in Alice Springs we had lunch, checked back into our very ordinary but comfortable motel (laundry, kitchen, friendly service, cheap) and then we waited until it got cool before we headed out for a 10km walk.
Alice Springs is full of tourists – most from overseas. Many are either on the way to, or have come back from, Uluru.
The town is also full of art galleries selling the most amazing aboriginal art. Quite a lot from the communities on Utopia. And the artworks sell for surprisingly solid prices.
I hope the people out there get a fair cut for their unique work.
The walk took us along the Todd River, which floods frequently (you wouldn’t think so out here, but the floods can be savage) – and then we wound our way up to Anzac Hill, which has a view out over the town.
I took photos of white trunked gum trees as we walked back, and the light started to drop.