This blog and website is the means to construct a  project about my journeys to, within and  from,  northern Australia. The assumption  was that I would  be  making more than one long  drive  to the north–to the Northern Territory and northern South Australia.

Initially ‘journeys’ meant roadtrips — to and from a location.   Journey’s  now means walking the country in northern South Australia. Walking refers to walking within the country, and doing so with camels.

The first walk with camels was a 12 day walk  in the Northern Flinders Ranges in 2018 from Umberatana to Mt Hopeless.  The second camel trek  will be in 2021 from Blinman to Lake Frome.

The Long  Road to the North  refers to  the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, who  went on a journey in 1689 that would form the basis of his most famous work: Oku no Hosomichi or The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

This  haibun  – a combination of prose and haiku – is one of the greats of classical Japanese literature.  The  text tells the story of Basho’s wandering from Edo (now Tokyo) into the country’s interior and the hardships he faced there.

The  project’s title,  The  Long Road to the North, is also a reference to Richard Flanagan’s 2014 novel,  The Narrow Road to the Deep North,   which takes its title  from Basho’s The Long Road to the North.

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