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Notes from the Saddle – Australia Encompassed 2013 – Kakadu to Alice Springs

Update from the Australia Encompassed Motorcycle Tour from Darwin to Melbourne:

The team have just reached Alice Springs but not before enjoying the delights of the Mataranka Hot-springs located on the Roper River within the Elsey National Park, that name might ring a bell to those whose read the Australian classic “we of the Never Never” or saw the movie that was filmed
A late afternoon cruise along two of the eight gorges that make up the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park on the Katherine River was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Nitmiluk National Park is one of the Territories most spectacular landscapes with high sided canyon walls that raise abruptly from the deep blue Katherine River.
The guys, and girl ,have been amazed with the giant road-trains, giant termite mounds  and giant rocks known as the Devils Marbles as the ride continues south along the Stuart Highway
Some people may thing that its all red rock and dust up here in the vast Australian interior however nothing could be further from the truth as we visit iconic Aussie pubs, quirky truck stops and absorb the rich history of the Northern Territory .
Last night was spent in the Bluestone Hotel and our bikes were never safer than they were there with at least a dozen police who were escorting the Rebels motorcycle gang on their way to their AGM in Perth. Love the patrol cars plate numbers such as “watchnu” and “patroln”
Tomorrow its off for some sunrise Hot Air Balloon action and the not to be missed, by the author of this blog and support vehicle driver Mick, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame”.
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Riding amongst the Giant Termite mounds
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The red Ducati in the red heart
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Some beautiful sunsets along the way
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Its not all dry in the heart of Australia
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The road trains are up to 56 metres long and provide a vital link to the Australian cities and towns
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