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This is beautiful country. Rocky ridges which are lines of exposed red rock, and then flat plains with red rocks jutting up to the heavens, visible for miles and miles around. And there is not a soul here. When you stop, you just hear.. nothing. This is the Australian outback.

Glen Helen Gorge

Glen Helen Gorge

We had a little walk this morning to the top of the ridge behind Glen Helen station. It was a fun scramble up to the top of the cliff face with a spectacular view over the plains and ridges of mountains. After talking with a cycling couple and Julie – the cyclist from France – we only ended up leaving around 11.

Glen Helen Gorge

Glen Helen Gorge

View from Glen Helen Gorge

View from Glen Helen Gorge

Lunch was at the top of a mini-pass with the most amazing view out over the plains and Gosse Bluff – a rock formation formed from a meteor strike and then millions of years of erosion – two kilometres of erosion. It’s hard to comprehend such time scales.

Gosse Bluff

Gosse Bluff

We are now on the 150km of dirt road to King’s Canyon, and I am sitting in front of a lovely warm fire at the top of a little crest in the road. The sunset over the endless plains spread out before us. There is not a cloud in the sky, and not a breath of wind. And not a sound. Beautiful.


Tailwind – our first. Clouds – our first. Mountains – well, hills – almost our first. It was beautiful cycling through the MacDonnell Ranges that once used to be higher than the Himalayas. We passed water holes and rivers as we passed between the beautiful rocky red ridges.

The road to Glen Helen

The road to Glen Helen

We were blown to our lunch destination at a water hole. It popped up out of nowhere. Too cold for a swim for me, but Clement braced the chilly water. This evening we are staying in a sandy river bed near the Glen Helen Resort. We spent the evening speaking with Julie – a French cyclist who is working there for a month, an American cycling couple, and some backpackers.

Glen Helen Gorge

Glen Helen Gorge

It was good to get back on the bikes after a 5 day break in Alice Springs. Our time there was wonderful with lots of food, drink and fun people. We were welcomed in with open arms by Julie (her uncle and my auntie are married) and her husband Lyall. We became part of the local car rally community, joining in on their BBQ and then their rally as they hurtled around a course between the sticks. Thanks for everything!!