Kings Canyon – days 6 & 7

Bit of a slow start this morning or maybe as I’m not running to a deadline I allowed myself a sleep in.   So by the time I was up and packed and made myself a cuppa it was about 8am.

My plan today was to run into Alice grab someone supplies and head to Uluru.  On the way back into Alice from Glen Helen I was struck by how much the ridge of the mountains could be seen as a dragon’s back … the photo really doesn’t do them justice.

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There are many beautiful mountains around Alice. This isn’t the picture I had in my head of Alice Springs.

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After a quick call home to check in I was informed that the Royals were going to be at Uluru the day after I would be.   I didn’t think this would impact me.

Here’s a photo for John – a Ghan loco advertising the transport museum out of Alice.  Hopefully next time I will have time to have a look.

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I decide to do a splash and dash at Curtin Springs so I can ride straight out to the Olgas and then back to Uluru. I was chatting to a coach driver who informed me that a lot of the areas at Uluru are already restricted for when the Royals visit tomorrow.  This throws a spanner in my plans so I decide to back track and head for Kings Canyon for a couple of days and then go to Uluru once it has settled down.   Hopefully.

I was thinking that this was meant to be the red centre.  However after all the rain out here it’s very green.

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One of the things I really like about riding is that other riders often come over for a chat.   Last night I had dinner with a ulyses member who only started riding when she was 49 and has since ridden bikes in many different countries.  Then this afternoon Nick wandered over after I had setup camp with a beer and I joined his family for a chat.

Then to finish the day I watched the sun setting over Kings Canyon.

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My camp site at Kings Canyon resort.

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Day 6 –  720km
Total – 4,953km

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Day 7

Given that I won’t be out here again for awhile I thought it’s worth having a look around.  So I decided to hang out in Kings Canyon for a couple of days.

This morning I did the rim walk which was classified as a moderate to hard walk of about 5.5km.  The thing about the rim wall is that you first have to climb up to the rim.

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Which is as hard as it looks.!

However once up there there was still a heap of accents and decents but the views were very rewarding.

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And then after about 3-4 hours you head back down to the car park.  And yet more steps!

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The other walk I did was the canyon creek track which takes you down into the canyon a little ways.

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In the photo above you can see one of the bridges for the rim walk.

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This was a nice walk but a bit disappointing after the rim walk.

Early night tonight as I’m absolutely beat after all that climbing.

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