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Sunday, May 7, 2000
Alice Springs to Barrow Creek, NT, Australia
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Barrow Creek, NT, Australia:
Latitude: 21° 31' 59" South
Longitude: 133° 53' 22" East
Altitude: 3258 feet
From Seattle: 8814 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Barrow Creek Pub

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Northern Territory
Route: Car: Stuart Highway (A87)
Path:Alice Springs - Barrow Creek, NT, Australia
Linear:170 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1123
Miles Driven:181294
Linear Dist: 214867
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 258
More stats...
Hotels: 373
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 125
Hostels: 248
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3972

Journal Entry:
Painfully got up, packed and checked out. Decided that I really wanted to download Stranger in a Strange Land so that I could listen to it on the drive - I'd bought it yesterday, but didn't have the time to finish downloading it and transfer it to my device. So I went and to the internet cafe, started the download, then went and had an early lunch. When I got back to the internet cafe nothing went right, and I got stubborn and refused to give up. Well, five hours later I did give up and I ended up hitting the road in the late afternoon rather than the early morning.

The drive was a little stressful once it got dark - the only traffic out here is these giant "Road Trains" - big semis with four or even five trailers. When one passes going the other way it almost blows the car off the road. The possible stopping points are very few and far between, and about three hours in I gave up and found a room in Barrow Creek. It's a classic old outback pub, complete with three locals who are up all night singing. Unfortunately the room smells like an old person's house. Looking at the guide book there doesn't seem to be any reason to specifically go to Tennant Creek (where I'd been planning to stay tonight) so tomorrow I'm going to try and make it all the way to Katherine - then Tuesday I can go check out Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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