The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

Alice Springs

Rain Glorious Rain!

So it has been raining on an off for two days now. Two days! In other parts of the world people might bemoan the inclement weather, lack of sunshine and temperate conditions associated with rain, but here it is simply amazing. So much so that there is no choice but to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts!

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Mt Gillen in the morning

So, after 6 months in Alice Springs I’ve finally undertaken one of the many initiation rituals associated with moving to town. Climbing Mount Gillen. Now Mt Gillen isn’t a mountain, more of a high point on the range that surrounds Alice Springs. The MacDonnell ranges run east and west from town in a great curving arc. From the top you get a great view in all directions, and can also […]

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Desert Rains

When it rains up here everything changes. The colour of the rocks richer as the dust is washed away, the vegetation sprouts so that sorry looking shrubs suddenly become healthy drab green trees, and the light quality changes so much that you suddenly notice whole mountain ranges you’ve never realised were there before. Last night I decided to go out and enjoy the light misting rain that seems to have […]

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The Day Cicadas Ruled the World

Early this morning a unfamiliar drone filled the air air Alice Springs. Residents left their homes and looked to the skies to see what contraption built by mad scientists at The Base was so influencing their morning routines. However an inspection of their surrounding found that it was the trees themselves that had taken on the role of alarm clock on this humid central Australian morning. Central Australia might be […]

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Alice Springs Eclipse Photos

Just a few days ago my home town of Alice Springs was graced with a visit by the Sun and Moon at exactly the same time. Unfortunately, like allĀ siblings, they couldn’t agree who was more important. After days of arguments the Moon got one up on the Sun and blocked out its light early on Wednesday morning. I’d heard that the fight as coming to a head, so a spontaneous […]

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Simpsons Gap Evening with Gregor and Mikey

Simpsons Gap from a distance.

Gregor walking down the river bed under the branches of a river red gum.

A Black Footed Wallaby through the trees at Simpsons Gap.

This wallaby decided to give us an example of how it climbs.

The Pinnacle at Simpsons Gap.

Mikey my fellow photographer.

The waterhole at Simpsons Gap still has water in it 8 months after the last decent rain.

The colour of the pinnacle at Simpsons Gap is amazing as the sunsets. It is impossible to do the view justice.

The view of the West MacDonnell Ranges through the trees.

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Chilling at Simpson Gap car park having a drink before dinner.

Simpsons Gap Dinner

Tonight I decided it would be a good idea to ride out to Simpsons Gap after work and heat up dinner while watching the sunrise. I often have ideas like this but rarely follow through due to my annoying sense of something. Luckily the warm sunshine, mild breeze and beautiful sky convinced me that it would be worth the effort of packing up a stove and some leftover lasagna on […]

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Fortnight of Firsts

The last fortnight has been a busy busy time as I try to settle into my new city and work out just how much I can fit into life. If the past two weeks are any indication the simple answer is lots because I just keep finding more and more things to do. To illustrate just how much there is to do in Alice Springs I thought I would list […]

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