Our Outback Love Letter

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My immediate view here is red. I’m sitting next to our tent, there’s a beautiful breeze, a cow moo’s in the distance and the sun is setting. Perfection – were it not for the flies! Their persistent, constant, incessant buzzing will be a bit distracting while I write my outback love letter, but they certainly add authenticity and take me back to my early days in country South Aus (don’t hold my beginnings against me)!

We’ve been on the road 5 hours or so today, covering 250kms with going bit slow on the Plenty Hwy on our way to Alice Springs, but we have had some exciting moments! Crossing the border into NT certainly tops the list of highlights, as well as witnessing the biggest termite mound on the Plenty (conveniently marked on the map!). Then there was the emus running towards the road at speed only to do a dramatic u turn upon seeing our approaching car, very entertaining, and at camp we were followed some distance by a cow, briefly making V a bit uncomfortable (lol).

But topping the list would be the outback’s stunning display of colour and changing character, going from a musty yellow, deep red, an assortment of greens and blues, trees, no trees, rocky hills and staring cows – all in the short distance of 200kms. A bloody good show. I get the rapidly sinking feeling that this road life is addictive, and a finite end will not do. The hustle and ‘buzz’ of the city life becomes less appealing – but will I be singing a different song as we approach our destination in Melbourne, we shall see, until then, Outback feel the love!

J.

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