One day’s journey through the usual bleak monotony of the dry flat, and we cover the distance between the small rural town of Julia Creek (two roads, a pub, nobody around at seven o’clock in the evening) and Mount Isa, one of country’s main industrial centres. In over 250 km. we cross only one town, then the traffic increases, mostly made of trucks and special vehicles for transport of mining machinery. Founded just ninety years ago around a mine, Isa is the center of a region that produces copper, lead, silver and zinc, as well as high-quality beef. We frankly do not like it so much, but probably tomorrow we’ll miss all this. We hit again our dirt roads where human settlements can be counted on the fingers of one hand – eight hundred kilometres in the middle of nowhere with a specific goal: Alice Springs. The finish line is approaching.