Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by

Robyn Davidson

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Robyn Davidson Character Analysis

Robyn Davidson is the author and protagonist of the book. She is 26 years old when she decides to undertake a solo journey across the Australian desert, even though she has no wilderness experience or background working with camels. She spends two years in the town of Alice Springs learning about camels and preparing for the trip and then spends about nine months on the trek itself, alone for much of it. Davidson never explains exactly why she undertakes this pursuit, but says that she doesn’t believe she is exceptional, courageous, or unique in any way; rather, she believes that anyone has the ability to do extraordinary things simply by committing to doing so. Although she is regimented and meticulous at the start of the journey, she gradually learns to appreciate living life in the moment and discovers how meaningless modern social conventions are. Davidson vacillates between joy and despair throughout much of the trip, and she often wonders if she is wrong to want to experience the trip alone rather than letting others become involved with it. Davidson is also concerned with Aboriginal land rights and devotes much of her story to describing the plight of Aboriginal communities and the value of their way of life.

Robyn Davidson Quotes in Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

The Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback quotes below are all either spoken by Robyn Davidson or refer to Robyn Davidson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1  Quotes

If the blacks here were like the blacks there, how could a group of whites be so consumed with fear and hatred? And if they were different here, what had happened to make them that way? Tread carefully, my instincts said. I could sense already a camouflaged violence in this town, and I had to find a safe place to stay. Rabbits, too, have their survival mechanisms.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker)
Page Number: 7
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I hated myself for my infernal cowardice in dealing with people. It is such a female syndrome, so much the weakness of animals who have always been prey. I had not been aggressive enough or stood up to him enough. And now this impotent, internal, angry stuttering.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Kurt
Page Number: 16
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Chapter 2  Quotes

One does not have to delve too deeply to discover why some of the world’s angriest feminists breathed crisp blue Australian air during their formative years, before packing their kangaroo-skin bags and scurrying over to London or New York or any place where the antipodean machismo would fade gently from their battle-scarred consciousness like some grisly nightmare at dawn. Anyone who has worked in a men-only bar in Alice Springs will know what I mean.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker)
Page Number: 18
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To enter that country is to be choked with dust, suffocated by waves of thrumming heat, and driven to distraction by the ubiquitous Australian fly; it is to be amazed by space and humbled by the most ancient, bony, awesome landscape on the face of the earth. It is to discover the continent’s mythical crucible, the great outback, the never-never, that decrepit desert land of infinite blue air and limitless power. It seems ridiculous now, to talk of my growing sense of freedom given the feudal situation I was living in, but anything could be mended, anything forgotten, any doubt withstood during a walk through those timeless boulders, or down that glittering river-bed in the moonlight.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Kurt
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 3  Quotes

I wandered and roamed through my domain, my private space, smelling its essence, accepting its claim on me and incorporating every dust mote, every spider’s web into an orgy of possessive bliss. This sprawling, tattered old stone ruin…this was my first home, where I felt such a sense of relief and belonging that I needed nothing and no one.

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Page Number: 40-41
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So it was little wonder that children did not want to experience this totally alien and threatening environment. It taught them nothing they needed to know since the only job they were likely to get was itinerant station work, which did not require the ability to read or write. Little wonder that they were termed hopeless, unable to learn, sow’s ears. “Ah yes,” the whites shook their heads in sadness, “it’s in the blood. They’ll never be assimilated.”

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Clivie
Page Number: 48
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Chapter 4 Quotes

This debilitating fear, this recognition of the full potential of Kurt’s hatred of me, and the knowledge that Kurt could and would hurt me very badly if I displeased him enough, was the catalyst which transformed my vague misery and sense of defeat into an overwhelming reality. The Kurts of this world would always win—there was no standing up to them—no protection from them. With this realization came a collapse: Everything I had been doing or thinking was meaningless, trivial, in the face of the existence of Kurt.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Kurt , Gladdy
Page Number: 60
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I was basically a dreadful coward, I knew that about myself. The only possible way I could overcome this was to trick myself with that other self, who lived in dream and fantasy and who was annoyingly lackadaisical and unpractical. All passion, no sense, no order, no instinct for self-preservation. That’s what I had done, and now that cowardly self had discovered an unburnt bridge by which to return to the past.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker)
Page Number: 78
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Chapter 5  Quotes

I made lists of lists of lists, then started all over again. And if I did something that wasn’t on a list, I would promptly write it on one and cross it out, with the feeling of having at least accomplished something. I walked in my sleep into Jenny and Toly’s room one night and asked them if they thought everything was going to be all right.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Jenny , Toly
Page Number: 90
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I began right then and there to split into two over Rick. On the one hand I saw him as a blood-sucking little creep who had inveigled his way into my life by being nice and by tempting me with material things. On the other hand I was confronted with a very warm, gentle human being who genuinely wanted to help me and who was excited by the prospect of an adventure, who wanted to do a good job, and who cared.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
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Page Number: 104
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Chapter 6  Quotes

Sometimes you can see where a track is by the tell-tale blossoms of wildflowers. Those along the track will either be growing more thickly or be of a different type. Sometimes, you may be able to follow the trail by searching for the ridge left aeons ago by a bulldozer. The track may wind around or over hills and ridges and rocky outcroppings, straight into sand dunes, get swallowed up by sandy creek-beds, get totally lost in stony creek-beds, or fray into a maze of animal pads. Following tracks is most often easy; sometimes frustrating, and occasionally downright terrifying.

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Page Number: 111-112
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I had a clock which I told myself was for navigation purposes only, but at which I stole furtive glances from time to time. It played tricks on me. In the heat of the afternoon, when I was tired, aching, and miserable, the clock would not move, hours elapsed between ticks and tocks. I recognized the need for absurd arbitrary structures at that stage. I did not know why, but I knew I was afraid of something like chaos. It was as if it were waiting for me to let down my guard and then it would pounce.

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Page Number: 126
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Chapter 7  Quotes

Some camps on those nights were so desolate they stole into my soul, and I longed for a safe nook out of that chill empty wind. I felt vulnerable. Moonlight turned the shadows into inimical forms and I was so glad of Diggity’s warmth as we snuggled beneath the blankets that I could have squeezed her to death. The rituals I performed provided another necessary structure. Everything was done correctly and obsessionally. Before I went to bed, everything was placed exactly where I wanted it for the morning.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Diggity
Page Number: 130-131
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They were gorgeous photos, no complaints there, but who was that Vogue model tripping romantically along roads with a bunch of camels behind her, hair lifted delicately by sylvan breezes and turned into a golden halo by the back-lighting. Who the hell was she? Never let it be said that the camera does not lie. It lies like a pig in mud. It captures the projections of whoever happens to be using it, never the truth.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
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Page Number: 136
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We didn’t talk much on the way home. I did not know then that it was merely a rule of etiquette to give some little gift at the end of a dance. I felt it as a symbolic defeat. A final summing up of how I could never enter their reality, would always be a whitefella tourist on the outside looking in.

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Page Number: 149
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Chapter 8  Quotes

The fire flickered on white moonstruck sand, the sky was black onyx. The rumbling sound of bulls circled the camp very close until I fell asleep. In the moonlight, I woke up and maybe twenty yards away was a beast standing in full profile. I loved it and didn't want to harm it. It was beautiful, proud. Not interested in me at all. I slept again, drifting off to the sound of bells on camels, peacefully chewing their cud.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker)
Page Number: 152
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Aborigines. Warm, friendly, laughing, excited, tired Pitjantjara Aborigines, returning to Wingelinna and Pipalyatjara after a land rights meeting in Warburton. No fear there, they were comfortable with silence. No need to pretend anything. Billies of tea all round. Some sat by the fire and chatted, others drove on home.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 158
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Chapter 9  Quotes

The job is made more difficult by the fact that the adviser is more aware than the Aborigines of the possible consequences of their decisions, and wants to protect them. Not becoming a paternal-style protectionist means seeing catastrophic mistakes being made, and not being able to do a thing about it except advise, because you know that the only way the people can learn to deal with the white world is to make such mistakes. There will not always be kind-hearted whitefellas around to save the situation and be a buffer zone.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Glendle
Page Number: 168
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I was being torn by two different time concepts. I knew which one made sense, but the other one was fighting hard for survival. Structure, regimentation, orderedness. Which had absolutely nothing to do with anything. I kept thinking wryly to myself, “Christ, if this keeps up it will take us months to get there. So what? Is this a marathon or what? This is going to be the best part of your trip, having Eddie with you, so stretch it out, idiot, stretch it out. But but…what about routine?” and so on. The turmoil lasted all that day, but gradually faded as I relaxed into Eddie’s time. He was teaching me something about flow, about choosing the right moment for everything, about enjoying the present. I let him take over.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
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Page Number: 177
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Chapter 10  Quotes

And as I walked through that country, I was becoming involved with it in a most intense and yet not fully conscious way. The motions and patterns and connections of things became apparent on a gut level. I didn’t just see the animal tracks, I knew them. I didn’t just see the bird, I knew it in relationship to its actions and effects. My environment began to teach me about itself without my full awareness of the process. It became an animate being of which I was a part.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Eddie
Page Number: 196
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And I thought I had done it. I believed I had generated a magic for myself that had nothing to do with coincidence, believed I was part of a strange and powerful sequence of events called fate and I was beyond the need for anything or anyone. And that night I received the most profound and cruel lesson of all. That death is sudden and final and comes from nowhere. It had waited for my moment of supreme complacency and then it had struck. Late that night, Diggity took a poison bait.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Diggity
Page Number: 227
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Chapter 11  Quotes

I danced until I could dance no more—I danced out everything. Diggity, the trip, Rick, the article, the whole lot. I shouted and howled and wept and I leapt and contorted my body until it refused to respond anymore. I crawled back to the camels, covered in grime and sweat, shaking with fatigue, dust in my ears and nose and mouth, and slept for about an hour. When I woke, I felt healed, and weightless, and prepared for anything.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick, Diggity
Page Number: 237
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I was now public property. I was now a kind of symbol. I was now an object of ridicule for small-minded sexists, and I was a crazy, irresponsible adventurer (though not as crazy as I would have been had I failed). But worse than all that, I was now a mythical being who had done something courageous and outside the possibilities that ordinary people could hope for. And that was the antithesis of what I wanted to share. That anyone could do anything. If I could bumble my way across a desert, then anyone could do anything. And that was true especially for women, who have used cowardice for so long to protect themselves that it has become a habit.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 243
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Chapter 12  Quotes

And here I was at the end of my trip, with everything just as fuzzy and unreal as the beginning. It was easier for me to see myself in Rick’s lens, riding down to the beach in that clichéd sunset, just as it was easier for me to stand with my friends and wave goodbye to the loopy woman with the camels, the itching smell of the dust around us, and in our eyes the fear that we had left so much unsaid. There was an unpronounceable joy and an aching sadness to it. It had all happened too suddenly. I didn’t believe this was the end at all.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker), Rick
Related Symbols: The Camera
Page Number: 257
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I had pared my possessions down to almost nothing—a survival kit, that’s all. I had a filthy sarong for hot weather and a jumper and woolly socks for cold weather and I had something to sleep on and something to eat and drink out of and that was all I needed. I felt free and untrammeled and light and I wanted to stay that way. If I could only just hold on to it. I didn’t want to get caught up in the madness out there. Poor fool, I really believed all that crap. I was forgetting that what’s true in one place is not necessarily true in another.

Related Characters: Robyn Davidson (speaker)
Page Number: 259
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Chapter 1 
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The memoir’s narrator, Robyn Davidson, arrives in the town of Alice Springs in the Australian outback. She has with her... (full context)
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Davidson thinks to herself that Alice Springs is ugly and uncomfortable, although the landscape surrounding the... (full context)
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Davidson goes on to describe the town, which is made up mostly of government workers and... (full context)
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Soon thereafter, Davidson goes to meet the first camel-man, Sallay Mahomet. Sallay is confident working with the animals,... (full context)
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Davidson meets Gladdy, who runs a camel ranch with her husband, Kurt. Davidson is impressed by... (full context)
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Although she suspects that Kurt is ripping her off, Davidson works for him for some time, cleaning up after the camels and keeping the farm... (full context)
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Davidson learns a great deal about working with camels from Kurt, although she wonders whether she... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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Back at the pub, Davidson is troubled by how badly the Aboriginals (“blacks”) are treated, noting that they’re not allowed... (full context)
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Davidson also writes angrily about the treatment of women in Alice Springs, which she sees as... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Kurt stops by occasionally to try and convince Davidson to come back to his ranch. Although she does not want to subject herself to... (full context)
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Davidson is initially happy upon her return to the ranch. She enjoys working with the camels... (full context)
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Over time, Davidson develops a close bond with a young bull camel named Dookie. Because of this, it... (full context)
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At Davidson’s request, Kurt helps her capture a young crow to keep as a pet, but several... (full context)
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Davidson settles into a routine with Diggity, her crow, and the camels she cares for. She... (full context)
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To her surprise, Sallay Mahomet offers Davidson a job soon after she leaves the ranch. With Sallay, who treats her well, she... (full context)
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Davidson completes her job with Sallay Mahomet and is given two camels in return. She chooses... (full context)
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Although Davidson feels slightly adrift without her old bosses around for help, she also feels liberated to... (full context)
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Davidson’s closest neighbor at Basso’s farm is a fun-loving Aboriginal woman named Ada Baxter. Davidson enjoys... (full context)
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Over the next few months, Davidson finds herself becoming less happy, despite her enjoyment of living alone. She attempts to remain... (full context)
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Davidson is especially troubled by how unequipped the local schools are to educate Aboriginal children, and... (full context)
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Over time, Davidson feels that she is beginning to grow more and more miserable. She feels like she... (full context)
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Kate’s condition continues to worsen, and Davidson spends several months devoted mostly to caring for her and training Zeleika for riding. The... (full context)
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Sallay comes to visit Davidson and informs her that Zeleika seems to be pregnant. He tells her that having a... (full context)
Chapter 4
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While continuing to feel depressed over Kate’s death, Davidson also becomes more and more afraid of Kurt, who grows increasingly erratic. She feels defeated,... (full context)
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Gladdy eventually leaves Kurt, and though Davidson is happy for her, she feels even more frightened knowing that she will soon be... (full context)
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When Kurt realizes that Gladdy is gone, he becomes more furious than ever with Davidson. To her surprise, her brother-in-law calls Kurt and offers to buy his ranch, which leads... (full context)
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On one of Davidson’s last days at the ranch, a young, normally sweet bull camel named Dookie goes berserk... (full context)
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In the weeks that follow, Davidson contends with annoying buyers who visit to see the farm, as well as interfering police... (full context)
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During this time, the dog Blue is poisoned and dies, and Davidson learns that several other dogs in Alice Springs have also been killed by an unknown... (full context)
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One day, Davidson discovers that Bub has a shard of glass in his foot and is terrified that... (full context)
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Having seen the camels from the air, Davidson sets out on foot with Jenny and Toly to capture them. Although she is at... (full context)
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Now that Davidson has settled on the trip once and for all, she is intimidated by how much... (full context)
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Davidson turns her attention to building packs and saddles for her trip. With her friend Toly’s... (full context)
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As her preparations continue, Davidson decides that she will leave in March, about four months later. She decides to do... (full context)
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The walk to Utopia takes eight days through extremely high temperatures, which Davidson describes as “unspeakable hell.” It quickly becomes clear that the equipment and saddles need improving,... (full context)
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At one point during her time in Utopia, an acquaintance accuses Davidson of being a “bourgeois individualist,” which she finds very upsetting. She wonders if it’s wrong... (full context)
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While in Utopia, Davidson receives word that National Geographic has accepted her request for sponsorship. She knows that she... (full context)
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Davidson flies to Sydney for an interview alongside Rick, and the magazine quickly finalizes the deal.... (full context)
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Davidson returns to Alice Springs, wondering if she’s being unreasonable in her desire to keep her... (full context)
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As she prepares to leave, Davidson’s family comes to visit and she says emotional goodbyes to her father and sister, with... (full context)
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During her first day alone, Davidson is overwhelmed by “a sustained, buoyant confidence.” She follows a track that she expects to... (full context)
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Nonetheless, the entire first day goes smoothly. The camels behave perfectly, and Davidson enjoys the bountiful life and exotic birds of the desert. She is slightly nervous at... (full context)
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Davidson settles into a routine as the days pass and describes her processes of waking early,... (full context)
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On the third day, Davidson finds a road that isn’t on her map, while discovering that the road she expected... (full context)
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Upon arriving in Areyonga, Davidson recounts the brutal colonialist history of the settlement and describes how little autonomy and resources... (full context)
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After some rest and further repairs to her equipment, Davidson and the camels depart for Tempe Downs station, 40 miles away. During this next leg,... (full context)
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As a result of that incident, Davidson learns that she has to trust herself to handle emergencies and also needs to reassess... (full context)
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After leaving Tempe Station, Davidson encounters sandhills for the first time and is awed at the ethereal, alien quality of... (full context)
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Davidson reflects that she doesn’t look forward to seeing Rick and all the tourists that will... (full context)
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As she travels, Davidson becomes more and more devoted to detailed rituals and habits, making sure that everything she... (full context)
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Finally, Davidson arrives at Ayers Rock for the first time in her life and is stunned by... (full context)
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Rick arrives the next day and, to Davidson’s surprise, he brings Jenny along with him. Although Davidson is happy to see Jenny, she... (full context)
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Two days later, Jenny leaves for Alice Springs, and Rick annoys Davidson by photographing their goodbyes. She is also frustrated by the need to pose for photos... (full context)
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The conflict with Rick escalates, with Rick sulking and Davidson growing angry. Finally, at the Olgas, she sits him down and demands that they stop... (full context)
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Davidson begins to grow angry with Rick again as she shoulders the burdens of the trip’s... (full context)
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A few days before the next stop, Dookie falls and injures his shoulder. Davidson is unsure how to help him and she, Rick, and the camels rest for a... (full context)
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Because Dookie does not seem to be improving, Davidson flies back to Alice Springs in a mail plane to seek advice from the vets,... (full context)
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Soon thereafter, a nurse working for the Aboriginal health service arrives, and she and Davidson become friends. They drive to another settlement and dance with a group of Aboriginal women... (full context)
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Leaving Docker, Davidson feels that all of her actions are meaningless. She is shaken from her hazy mindset... (full context)
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Time and space feel strange to Davidson, and she focuses only on the road before her. She also begins to wonder if... (full context)
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Davidson begins to talk to herself and yell at the dunes around her, frightening Diggity. Then,... (full context)
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Unexpectedly, several cars full of Aboriginal people pass by Davidson’s camp and greet her happily. Though she is initially nervous to interact with humans again,... (full context)
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Eddie and Davidson walk together for two days, enjoying each other’s company. Davidson admires Eddie’s warmth and intelligence... (full context)
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Davidson and Eddie arrive in Pipalyatjara and meet Glendle, a kind and caring man who welcomes... (full context)
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While staying with Glendle, Davidson gets a deeper sense of how challenging it is for Aboriginals and community advisors to... (full context)
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Davidson also notes that Pipalyatjara is lucky in that its population comes from only one tribe,... (full context)
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Glendle also helps Davidson work through her own difficulties around the trip and, in particular, her relationship with Rick.... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Eddie continues to be a steadfast guide and also becomes fixated on Davidson’s rifle, which he is fascinated by. One evening, an old woman arrives to visit Eddie... (full context)
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To Davidson’s delight, Eddie decides to accompany her another 200 miles to the next settlement, Warburton. Before... (full context)
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As they continue toward the next settlement, Davidson continues to enjoy Eddie’s company and is amazed by how well they get along with... (full context)
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Eventually, they cut back to the main road and begin seeing cars along the way. Davidson notices that all the cars of Aboriginal people stop to chat and laugh with Eddie,... (full context)
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As they approach Warburton, Davidson encounters two young white men on bikes and, while trying to talk to them, she... (full context)
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Davidson and Eddie soon arrive in Warburton together. Eddie suggests that she find another old man... (full context)
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Warburton turns out to be a gloomy town, but Davidson nonetheless enjoys her time there. Glendle arrives to drive Eddie back home, and the three... (full context)
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Davidson leaves Warburton on her own, expecting that she’ll be completely alone for about a month.... (full context)
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...she continues noticing all the nuance and interconnection of the desert’s many forms of life, Davidson begins to perceive the land itself as “an animate being of which [she is] a... (full context)
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After many miles of crossing the dunes, Davidson decides that the terrain is rough enough that she should return to the track. She... (full context)
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Davidson continues along the track, thinking about how unacceptable she must look to outside society, and... (full context)
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Although Davidson knows that she should be wishing for protection from such dangers, she thinks that night... (full context)
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One day, a car drives down the track, the first Davidson has seen in a long time. It turns out to belong to a white man... (full context)
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Davidson arrives in Carnegie to find it abandoned, the surrounding landscape destroyed by overgrazing cattle. She... (full context)
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Although the countryside that follows is rough, it is also beautiful in what Davidson calls “a fossilized primordial sort of way.” She worries about Diggity because of the poison... (full context)
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Just as Davidson feels that she has generated a true sense of magic, she learns what she calls... (full context)
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Davidson walks on without Diggity, feeling both devastated and detached from her emotions. She has frequent... (full context)
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During the days between Diggity’s death and her arrival in Wiluna, Davidson finds a stunning landscape of colorful cliffs and sand that looks to her like “a... (full context)
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Shortly thereafter, Davidson spots a vehicle driving toward her and, though she expects local people, it turns out... (full context)
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The press also informs Davidson that the man she met earlier who was trying to set a car driving record... (full context)
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Moments later, Rick arrives, warning Davidson that more members of the press are on their way. Later, Rick tells her that... (full context)
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Rick introduces Davidson to a bushman and tracker, Peter Muir. Peter warns her that Wiluna is swarming with... (full context)
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While continuing to dodge the reporters, the group drives back through the country that Davidson recently passed through, since she feels that her sadness over Diggity kept her from fully... (full context)
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Davidson and Rick spend a couple of additional weeks traveling through the desert together, leading the... (full context)
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As Davidson and Rick near Carnarvon, Zeleika becomes ill. With the help of some residents of a... (full context)
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Just as they reach the farm that Davidson hopes will be the camels’ new home, the packs and saddles begin to disintegrate. Davidson... (full context)
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Upon reaching the ocean at last, Davidson cannot belief that her trek is truly ending, feeling that it all happened too fast.... (full context)
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When the camels’ new owners arrive to take them back, Davidson spends hours saying goodbye to all four. Once they are gone, Rick drives her to... (full context)
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Looking back on her trip later, Davidson concludes that when it came down to it, the journey was easy once she realized... (full context)