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52).  Beginning of the Stuart Highway    Port Augusta, Australia (March 2002)

The Stuart Highway runs north-south through the center of Australia and is the only paved road within about a thousand miles on either side of it.  I was now entering the real Australian Outback.  Standing here by this sign, and staring into the great beyond, I honestly felt like I'd reached the end of civilization and life as I knew it.  As it turned out, in some ways I was right.