Workin it in Katherine
A week ago I made the trip up to Katherine to check on the progress of the big project I've been working on for the last few months. Katherine is a 3.5 hour drive from Darwin, and to get to Darwin I had to take a flight through Alice Springs because there are only direct flights from Melbourne to Darwin two days a week. There is not much to look at on the flight from Alice Springs to Darwin - the center of the continent (and actually anything more than 100 km inland) is very barren and desolate.
The drive to Katherine is pleasant, at least for the first few minutes. Then I find myself chewing on gummy bears, crackers, gum, and anything else I can to keep myself awake because the scenery does not change. Red dirt, trees, and that's about it. Every once in awhile there's a road train to spice things up a bit. Road trains are trucks pulling 3-4 trailers, and are not much fun to pass on one lane roads. The termite hills are pretty neat to see too - it's amazing to think such tiny creatures can create a hill 7 feet tall.
The project I've been working on is the relocation of a unit from Alice Springs to Katherine. It's been a lot of work and has been rescheduled quite a few times so it was something I had to see before I really believed it had moved. We were originally supposed to complete work next week, but as with all projects this one had some delays and hopefully will be finished around the middle of June. I am very much looking forward to finishing this one up, it has consumed a lot of my time lately and it's been tough for me to get everything else I need to work on done with this project always lurking in the background.
Katherine is an interesting town. It now boasts that it's the birthplace of Cadel Evans, but there's definitely a reason he doesn't live there anymore. There's not much to do in this town, and in the evenings things get quiet very quickly. Some day I'll take Phil up there and we'll check out the Katherine Gorge. Perhaps if we're feeling particularly adventurous we can go on the Crocodile Dinner Cruise. I'm still waiting to meet someone who has returned from that cruise before I book it though.