Today we planned to explore more of the West MacDonnell Ranges, taking in Redbank, Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges, a look at the Ochre Pits and finally, Ellery Creek Big Hole.
These locations were the futhest we've had to drive from Alice and we turned off the Larrapinta Highway towards Glen Helen. Ever since hitting outback S.A. there'd been warnings about cattle and livestock on the roads due to the lack of fences so we'd become accustomed to spotting all sorts of creatures on and near the road. Up 'til now, whatever the beast was, it'd make it's way off the road, usually in a fair degree of fright, but occasionally, in it's own good time. Not today. We came round a bend and two horses were feeding on the grass at the roadside, with one plonked fair across the road. A car coming the other way came to a dead stop, as did we. The woman then drove slowly around the horse blocking her path. Neither horse even looked up or showed any concern and continued to go about their business. We drove slowly past them too, also without soliciting any reaction from the horses.
First stop for the day was at Redbank Gorge, the drive in was a little rough, but there were a few conventional cars making it in without trouble.
|One of the many unusual rocks we had to negotiate|
|Ellery Creek Big Hole|