Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Northern Exposure

We've reached the half-way point of the tour and we've been as far north as we are going. Tonight's show, in Oodnadatta, will be number 12. Every gig has been different; every day has been an adventure. As we have headed further and further north, the distances have lengthened but, so far, the travelling has been OK. My heart sinks a little whenever I see a dead animal but I guess that's just how it is. The immense skies and plains are an incredible sight. We have plenty of music onboard, and dodgy roadhouse food offers new and exciting health risks every time an overpriced culinary delight is selected.
The gigs have gone pretty well. Some audiences have been more engaged than others but we've played to decent numbers in just about all towns. Woomera was the standout. It was a great night in the pub; we all had a rollicking time. Every aspect of our stay in Woomera: the gig, the venue, the manager, the staff, the accommodation and the punters summed up why we are doing this. Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs also had their high points.
Having a day off and getting to see Uluru was a bonus!
The inside of the van looks and smells like a teenager's bedroom; we'll empty it out today as we are hiring a 4WD for the off-road trip. It will be a clean machine as we head back to Port Augusta tomorrow afternoon.

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