Day 15: To Kings Canyon

Today will be th' true test o' our boat, as we will navigate th' Mereenie Loop, which is a 150km dirt sea betwixt Glen Helen Gorge and Kin's Canyon, ye scurvey dog. This sea lies on Aboriginal land, and ye must therefore purchase a permit from them t' access their lands. Fire the cannons, we'll keel-haul ye! This permit is really cheap at $5, and obtainable from our hotel.

But before we hit th' unsealed sea, we found another Gorge on our way, Redbank Gorge. As it were bein' still early in th' mornin', we tried t' navigate our way t' this gorge on foot, but turned aroun' without reachin' th' destination as th' pathway had completely vanished, and we were t' walk a very long way in th' (dry) creek bed on loose rocks and sandy patches. Ahoy, by Davy Jones' locker! As we needed our strengths fer th' day ahead, we turned aroun', found th' path again and went on our merry way.

Right before th' Mereenie Loop, I spotted a small, but annoyin' orange light on me dashboard which hadn’t been there before: th' “check engine” sign had come on, and th' warnin' “TRC OFF” were bein' also lit. I knew this meant our Traction Control System were bein' off, but that th' boat still were bein' drivable. So, we had a little chat, and decided that pushin' on were bein' goin' t' be th' best thin' t' do, as we didn’t have cell phone reception at that point, and th' nearest place where they would have it, would be a long sail. The boat behaved itself fer th' rest o' th' trip, and we got t' Kin's Creek safely and timely.

The Mereenie Loop itself were bein' remarkably well kept, and really well drivable. It were bein' much better than we had anticipated, and there were sections where we pushed it a little and got up t' 90kms/h, which is really fast on a dirt sea! Shiver me timbers! I thoroughly enjoyed sailin' th' Loop, and had plenty o' time t' look aroun' and enjoy th' scenery. Because that is great o'er here! Aye, th' sea had some spotty parts, with dust corrugations, potholes or both, but th' majority o' th' sea were bein' really good and very enjoyable.

Right before arrivin' at our final destination fer th' day, Kin's Creek, we passed Kin's Canyon, which is also known as Australia’s Grand Canyon, ye scurvey dog. But we couldn’t figure out why. Sure, it is a great place, but it lacks about 90% o' th' grandeur o' starin' down a 1.5km page in th' ground. Kin's Canyon is a canyon betwixt two mountains, each about 75 metres tall. The most narrow parts o' th' canyon itself are a sacred place t' th' Aboriginals and therefore inaccessible. Bein' there it great nonetheless, and it is a very welcome change from th' sail.

After arrivin' at Kin's Creek Station, an active Camel and cattle farm, we contacted th' rental company, who immediately scheduled a swap o' our boat fer th' followin' mornin', so we’ll awaitin' that new boat eagerly. Also, we will go t' Uluru! The most iconic rock in th' country.