As I had breakfast and tried to revive one of last night’s campfires the Anmatjere Man looked very impressive lit by the morning sun. Several different kinds of birds came to investigate, they know the signs and chances of some easy food.
Last night we read about the early settlers in the area so decided to check out Ryan’s Well on our way south. It’s only 7kms from Aileron and was dug by hand to provide a reliable water source for the men working on the Overland Telegraph Line but it was also used by drovers. There was an ingenious device for lifting the water, powered by horse or camel. Across from Ryan’s Well is the original homestead called, Glen Maggie.
After that it was just driving on to Alice Springs. We’d been told the Beanie Festival was on and that it might be difficult to get a site so we were pleased to arrive early in the day. Someone has set up a display of felted hats and other articles in the Caravan Park so I was surprised when I asked about it at the Information Centre to be told it didn’t start until Friday. We’ll be gone by then.