ZenGum Thursday Aug 6 12:08 AM
Aug 6, 2009: Road Train Vs Grandma
Truck picture from flickr, apparently, but via the ABC.
Margret's picture from here.
Audio of the interview available from here.
ETA: By my count, that thing is a 74-wheeler. 74!!!
ETAA: Yes, we do *normally* drive on the left down here. I don't know why that thing is on the right. I guess, in a truck like that, you drive wherever you damn well feel like.
Crimson Ghost Thursday Aug 6 01:48 AM
Look at her.
DucksNuts Thursday Aug 6 06:15 AM
Ohhh, those things are scary as all bejesus when you overtake THEM, let alone having one zoom past when you are on a bike.
spudcon Thursday Aug 6 07:36 AM
Does no one have any sympathy for the poor bike? Did it leave any little bikes at home? Oh the humanity!
Alluvial Thursday Aug 6 08:27 AM
Here's a text article. I'm afraid the bike is a pretzel!
Scriveyn Thursday Aug 6 09:40 AM
dar512 Thursday Aug 6 09:51 AM
nil_orally Thursday Aug 6 10:36 AM
On some roads in the outback there is only one lane tarmaced (ashphalted or blacktopped for our US cousins). The truck to be courteous will try and stay on the tarmac. The approaching city drivers will take this as a challenge, and try and drive in the made section too. Bad, bad, bad idea. The truckie will happily move out of the way onto the gravel at the side of the road. If the car moves over, the truck will be past in a few seconds, and everything is sweet. IF the truck moves over, there are 14-19 sets of wheels flicking stones at the other vehicle. The paintwork is blasted by stone chips, and a shattered window is guaranteed. It can be 100km or more between towns, and a new screen can take 3-5 days to arrive from the major centres.
nil_orally Thursday Aug 6 10:40 AM
Oh, and if she is from Tassie, then the major damage may not be immediately apparent to everyone. The truck has obviously caused trauma necessitating the removal of one of her heads.
Tick Thursday Aug 6 11:26 AM
Images didn't make it to the public page.
Undertoad Thursday Aug 6 11:28 AM
Cloud Thursday Aug 6 01:53 PM
Wow. Both to the story, and to the --- truck. thing. We don't have those here (although we do have wide open spaces). They look dangerous. Like really, too dangerous for anybody on the road!
OttoCVI Thursday Aug 6 03:41 PM
Speed Racer versus the Mammoth Car comes to mind.
Aliantha Thursday Aug 6 06:17 PM
Yeah, those trucks are massive, and on a lot of those roads in the outback (NT at least), there's no speed limit, so they can really hike along if they're in a hurry.
Wombat Thursday Aug 6 07:43 PM
She was only 25km into a 3700km trip when it happened. She says ''I'll get another bike and do the same thing next year.'' STUPID!
TheMercenary Thursday Aug 6 07:49 PM
She might just consider hitching a ride in one of the trucks, she would get there faster. And she could always strap her bike on the back of one to continue her trip later.
Sundae Thursday Aug 6 08:26 PM
See how this story brought the Aussies out?
Cloud Thursday Aug 6 09:18 PM
Next time, she oughta put in her hearing aid.
BrianR Friday Aug 7 12:56 PM
I can imagine!
Gravdigr Friday Aug 7 04:29 PM
I've often wondered if it's possible (or ever even necessary) to back those things up. Would love to see it.
Cloud Friday Aug 7 05:28 PM
Just dig in your heels and pull steadily back on the reins . .
ZenGum Friday Aug 7 07:59 PM
A few years back a story went around of a guy driving a B-triple who missed the turn off on a remote rural highway. No backing or U-turn possible ... had to drive about 150km before he could get to another road heading to where he was trying to go.
I imagine he may have said a naughty word or two.
Aliantha Friday Aug 7 08:24 PM
I think you'd need 150km to u turn one of those things anyway. lol
BrianR Saturday Aug 8 12:33 AM
It is possible, but not recommended. I backed up a double once when it's driver made a wrong turn and couldn't back it out. It's a challenge, I say.
BrianR Saturday Aug 8 12:35 AM
and Ali, I believe it's 40 acres needed to turn that thing around. haggis!
Griff Saturday Aug 8 01:55 PM
casimendocina Sunday Aug 9 08:22 PM
DucksNuts Sunday Aug 9 09:12 PM
They changed that a couple of years ago, the speed limit is now 140kms per hour.
They were going to bring it back to 110 like the rest of Australia, but didnt because it would mean that you were on the wrong side of the lane for too long when overtaking a roadtrain.
Aliantha Sunday Aug 9 11:03 PM
Ahh...I stand corrected. Still, 140km/h is pretty quick.
DucksNuts Wednesday Aug 12 06:45 AM
It is in a nola corolla
ZenGum Tuesday Sep 1 01:50 AM
Continuing to demonstrate the invincibility of a certain generation of Aussie Shelias, is Dawn Fraser, former Olympic Swimming champion.
classicman Tuesday Sep 1 09:55 AM
Cloud Tuesday Sep 1 10:01 AM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 1 01:15 PM
ZenGum Tuesday Sep 1 10:57 PM
Mind you, Dawn Fraser has always been a plucky gel: