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Full Circle

Day 131: King's Creek

Alice Springs, Australia 
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Camel mustering. The chase.
Michael Palin - Full CircleOn our way to Alice Springs it's sunset and the rocks we pass glow like live coals. Though I know I shall be black and blue tomorrow I'm still buzzing with the exhilaration of what has been the most physically demanding day's filming in my life. What happened today was a rare experience, well outside the world we are all increasingly used to living in, a world of rules and regulations and sensible precautions. I was protected only by my own instinct and my trust in a group of people I barely knew.

I understand a little better now why people come out to earn a living in the burning heat of this hard unfriendly land, why Ian and Westy and Wursty and the others still pit themselves physically against the camels instead of using, say, tranquillizing darts. There are easier ways to do it. But that's not the point.
Alice Springs, Australia 
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The camel is unimpressed.
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  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 131
  • Country/sea: Australia
  • Place: Alice Springs
  • Book page no: 191

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