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Tour 60, 13 January 2008

Ormiston Pound

What can I say about tour 60. It was a pretty difficult tour as the temperatures were above 40 for the first 3 days making it a mission to keep the group happy and together.

Central Australia is not the easiest place to travel as I've said many times before on the blog but despite the obvious we made it without incident. This was the first tour that I've had in quite some time (almost a year I think) where the group was so very split between cultural groups. Getting people to mix and become one was a challenge right from day one. It can be a little frustrating to have more than half the group of 16 talking in another language especially when they can all speak English a lot better than we can speak their language.

I learnt a lot on this tour especially about keeping the group together and I will be more aware of what to look for in the future in order to prevent such a split group. I've been doing this for more than a year and this is my second summer working in the desert. What I took away from this tour was that while most have an idea about the extremes its when they are put head first into the reality of it they can quickly loose all excitement. 

It can also be challenging for me as the guide because I have so many things to keep in mind every second of the day in order for the tour to run smoothly. I'm not superman and the heat affects me just as much as anyone else out there even more so considering the amount of work I have to do.

All in all it was still an enjoyable trip with some people who really made the effort to enjoy themselves and the locations. Day 5 was easily the most enjoyable with lower temperatures and an amazing sunrise walk through the Ormiston Pound which is quickly becoming a very good friend of mine.

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