Archive for March, 2010

Diversions

March 29, 2010

Got a little bored this morning so thought I would attatch my Panasonic video camera to the side of my third trailer and film a little bit of Meekatharra.

I have a pretty sturdy twin suction cup camera mount which will let me position my camera just about anywhere there is a glass or (clean) painted surface. I always improvise some sort of a safety tether when mounting it externally on a moving vehicle – it would break my heart to see it lose suction and hit the road at 100km/h or go under a wheel(s).

I positioned the video camera on the rear right side of my rear (3rd) trailer, facing it forward so it would capture all three trailers and the prime mover as well as the street scene in the main street of Meekatharra as I drove through, refuelled, and continued on, leaving the town behind.

I am posting this from “on the road” but as soon as I can upload the video to Youtube I will embed it here.

Perth Apocalypse

March 23, 2010

It’s been a bit of a rough week – weatherwise. Starting with heavy rain encountered between Mt Magnet and Newman, over the weekend, and continuing with a Fifty Year Storm that ended with my car under a fallen tree.

The rain between Mt Magnet and Newman caused quite a few floodways on the Great Northern Hwy to begin flowing and caused the closure of the road to the Weld Range Camp – which would prevent me from delivering their food later in the week as it was closed for several days. The thunder and lightning show was spectacular at times.

As I was heading back into Perth I drove into the severest storm I have seen in this part of the country. Flooding, limited visibility, traffic lights not working, trees down, power off, cars stranded and communications failing (Took me six attempts to send a four word long SMS). It was a tow truck drivers’ wet dream!

After the rain had eased and the wind had calmned I received this picture on my phone – my ute with most of the tree that had fallen on it cut away.

I’ve been told there is little or no damage to the vehicle but won’t be able to see it for myself for several days.

And by the way, “perthapocalypse” was the hashtag some were using on Twitter during the storm.

One Of Life’s Little Mysteries

March 18, 2010

Absolutely no idea how I managed to stake the sidewall of one of my near new drive tyres. But, the damage is not repairable so it is scrap even though it still has over 80% tread left on it. None of the other tyres show any signs of scuffing or damage so I just have to write it off as a random occurence.

Geocaching

March 11, 2010

I don’t know how many of you have even heard of geocaching. It’s been around for a while and is gaining popularity as gps units become cheaper and easier to use and the integration of gps into mobile phones ( like the iPhone ) has enabled apps to be built which allow the cacher to select, find and log the find – all from the phone.
One way to describe geocaching is “using billion dollar satellites to find Tupperware containers hidden in the bush”.
Checkout geocaching.com for more info and do a search for “twocrowsdown” to have a look at my profile there.

Photo 1 : Cache container

Photo 2 : Screenshot of iPhone geocaching app

Roadworks

March 5, 2010

Was on the last leg of the trip home when I got held up by some bitumen resurfacing work near Dalwallinu.
Can’t sat I really knew there was anything wrong with that particular stretch of road. Two kilometers down the road you have to slow down to avoid suffering internal injuries as you get thrown violently around the cab.

Ambiguity Abounds (or Mumbojumbo Manifests)

March 3, 2010

I’m on my way north with three trailers and five drops. Well, I’m pretty sure there’s freight on board for five different clients and I’m certain of the name and location of four of them. Client number five is the problem.

Conflicting paperwork has me unloading at Meekatharra or Karratha which is something I have to sort out ASAP. Karratha is close to a 12hr drive from Meeka.

As Pretty As A Bride

March 1, 2010

Just had to post this pic I took a month or two ago using my iPhone. It was early morning not too far north of Meekatharra. I really wish I’d had my DSLR with me but it was one of those times when I had no intention of looking for shots-it was just there so I snapped it with what I had to hand.