Friday 10 June 2016

Alice Springs & Lawn Hill Trip - Day 9

Day 9 - 10/6/2016 - Standley Chasm and Finke Desert Rally Scrutineering

Because scrutineering wasn’t until the afternoon/evening we thought we would do some sight seeing.  First stop was Standley Chasm.  

Standley Chasm kiosk and cafe

Picnic/Camp ground area
Before we started the small walk we had smoko at the cafe.

They had done a fair bit of work to the track since we were here in 2012.  There was actually a proper formed walking track now instead of just a goat track through the dry creek bed.

Being a bit of a bleak day the chasm wasn’t really busy and we had the place to ourselves for a little while, which was nice.

On the way back into town we headed up to ANZAC Hill lookout for a view of the city.

From there we headed to the cafe at the botanic gardens for a late lunch and only just made it before they were closing up for the afternoon.  After eating we split up, we headed back to camp to get a few things organised before we headed off to scrutineering that evening.  The others had a wander around the gardens before heading off early to the scrutineering.

Gates opened for scrutineering at 5pm but we didn’t arrive until about 7pm.  Jodie and I were more interested in trying to catch a glimpse of Toby Price, Australia’s 1st Dakar Rally winner.  He came 3rd in the Dakar Rally last year as a rookie and then this year won it.  He has also won the Finke Rally 4 times before as well.  The queue to get an autograph was massive and moving slowly so we gave that a miss and were just content to get some photos of him and the winning Dakar bike.

Toby Price with Dakar Trophy
The winning Dakar bike

While wandering around the buggies and bikes we were listening to the Ian Moss concert.

Not your standard Triton

Ian Moss had ridden his Indian to Alice Springs as part of the Black Dog Ride charity event and was performing a live acoustic concert.  He also performed some of the old classic Chisel songs.  He was a great live performer.

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