12 Jan '11, 11am
MH Blog: What is it like to drive 2,500km in sweltering 30+ degheat through the Aussie Outback?
I’m a loner. Always have been, and always will be. Clogged up shopping malls and perpetual traffic snarls don’t sit well with me. The simple pleasure of being alone isn’t easy to come by on a city-sized island with a population approaching six million. The opportunity to take a 2,500km drive – with a 1,126km off-road route in between – was hard to resist. The reason for our West-to-East journey: My wife was relocating from Perth to Alice Springs, and the Great Central Road (known as the Centre to Aussies) was the most direct route to get from one city to the other. The longer route on paved roads would first take you south to Adelaide, before heading up north – it’s more than 4,000km, and hey, it's plain boring to plow on tarmac for days on end. So why didn’t we just take a flight, you ask. Why would we? Driving into the sunset on an endless stretch of gravel should be on ...