Today we arrived in Alice Springs, a first visit for both of us.
The journey here today wasn't so easy though! Last night we were driving and all these lights lit up on the dash and we realised the batteries weren't charging. We quickly made our way back to camp, and after some checking, worked out that the alternator must have gone and therefore isn't charging either of the batteries.
We managed to get a bit of charge into the batteries and started off early this morning to make the 365km drive from Wycliffe Well to Alice Springs. Thought we better leave ASAP as we weren't sure how far we would get!
We were monitoring the charge in the battery as we were driving, started out at 11.9v and stayed steady for a while and then started going down, gradually at first and then getting quicker! We were watching the voltage drop, while checking how much further we had to drive!
Amazingly we made it right into Alice Springs, albeit with no taco, speedo etc - everything had started shutting down one by one. We managed to coast into the servo - only about a 3 min drive from our accommodation! After a quick jump start from our battery pack, we put enough life back into the batteries to get us to the resort ... only just!
Checked into the Desert Palms Resort and its beautiful, such a pretty place. Little villas set amongst the tropical palms and bougainvillea, overlooking the MacDonnell ranges, but still only about 1km from the centre of the city. The island swimming pool is great too, surrounded by palms and waterfalls.