You Know You’re in the Country When….

… your truck has a flat tyre AND it’s loaded with cows.

It’s Friday which is when I usually post something which I feel is country specific – through my experiences.

A few weeks ago I went on a truckin’ adventure (and had lots of nice gluten-free food) BUT we ended up with a flat tyre on the truck – loaded with 1 bull and 7 cows!! This is just over 4 tonnes of cow!! Agitated on the back of the truck!

We had to take the cattle to the cattle tick dip and get the cows loaded up with some (legal) toxic poisons – then we were set to  drive home – about 3 more hours we thought. We’d got up at 5.30am so we were looking forward to getting home, off loading the cows and stopping.

We were near Gatton which for those of you unfamiliar with this neck of the woods/world, is more or less on the coastal plain on the eastern Australian seaboard. Down the length of most of eastern Australia runs the Great Dividing Range – a mountain range. To the east of the range is the coastal plains and to the west drier, more arid farming country. You have to cross the mountains to travel west. There are not that many places you can go over the range and it’s always slow going over the range especially with a truck load of cattle.

So off we went – up this smaller road through a beautiful valley passed Heifer Creek. It was scenic  – and very slow. Cows don’t seem to pedal as fast as my son on his carbon fibre bicycle!!

We finally “summited” but the truck was making a funny noise from “back there”.

We checked it out. Oh bother! A flat tyre. Inside back left. The truck has double tyres on the rear so there was still one holding up!!

Bit hard to see but the inside tyre has this flappy bit on it. Not a good look for a tyre under 4.5tonne of cow!!!

Bit hard to see but the inside tyre has this flappy bit on it. Not a good look for a tyre under 4.5tonne of cow!!!

We stopped near this farmhouse. Jude, my house mate and the driver, went to ask for advice or assistance. In true country style the farmer rang the local garage in Clifton and said they needed to stay open and change our tyre!!

Jude came back to the truck with blood pouring down her arm. The farmer’s dog had got very enthusiastic and jumped up and ripped a gash in Jude’s arm with its toe nail. Just what we needed – something else to worry about! The farmer actually came to the rescue again and supplied Jude with bandages and disinfectant.

Off we went at a very steady pace. The sun was setting. The landscape was bathed in natural wonder. The colours were warm and delicious. The shadows of the truck distorted our shape and size – fortunately even our shadow kept our wheels inflated!!

The truck's silhoutte looks funny in the setting sun - but on pumped up tyres!! Oming for it to stay that way!

The truck’s silhouette looks funny in the setting sun – but on pumped up tyres!! Oming for it to stay that way!

 

Gently around the corners!

Gently around the corners! It was so beautiful. Good Oming conditions for keeping tyres inflated!!

 

Jude - at this stage the very steady driver. As one ute went passed they indicated we had a flat and held up their CB radio - more assistance. People in the country are ever vigilant of each other, in fact everyone around them.

Jude – at this stage the very steady driver. As one ute went past they indicated we had a flat and held up their CB radio – more assistance. People in the country are ever vigilant of each other, in fact everyone around them.

 

At Clifton one of the repair men was waiting for us at the railway crossing to guide us to the workshop!! What service!

They pulled the two tyres off and had the tyre changed in no time.

Air pressure - what did tyre fitters do before? In a twinkle both the back tyres were off. I just kept hoping the cows wouldn't poo through the side!! THAT would be embarrassing.

Air pressure – what did tyre fitters do before? In a twinkle both the back tyres were off. I just kept hoping the cows wouldn’t poo through the side!! THAT would be embarrassing.

Opps - seems to be a big hole there!!

Opps – seems to be a big hole there!! It’s hard to see on this photo but on the right hand side, just in from the outer rim, you can see the wall of the tyre is no longer attached to the tread part!!

We arrived well passed closing time. They stayed open especially for us – to get us back on the road, to help us out of our fix. What DOES one do when you’re broken down with a load of cows on board if you don’t meet knights in shining armour? I don’t think I will contemplate that question – just always OM for the knights.

Wheelless cows!

Wheelless cows!

One of the guys looked really tired. I mentioned this to him. Clifton is a tiny town, less than 1,000 people live there. They don’t have a paid fire service so the rural fire service is run by volunteers. This guy is one of the volunteers. He’d been called out at 12.30am to help at a house fire and hadn’t got home until 4am and then up at 6am to help get kids off to school and then to work. He was exhausted yet still willing to stay back to help us out.

Ready to roll!

Here you can see the hole better. Almost ready to detach. Tired hands still working after fighting fires all night.

If you’re ever stuck with tyre problems near Clifton, go to:

Ryanis Tyres - the Heros of Clifton in my view!

Ryanie Tyres – the heros of Clifton in my view! I highly recommend them.

Late that night we unloaded the cows into the yards. It had been a long day of adventures. Some unexpected but with the help of strangers we arrived home safely. People really are basically wonderful!!

Final stop - The GO!

Final stop – The GO!

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3 responses to “You Know You’re in the Country When….

  1. “Windmills at sunset are so country to me. I love them.” ME TOO, do love the very first morning light being flickered through the blades by the summer breeze as well. Now, sitting in my city office,looking at the computer screen, something from deep inside screams silently out of my soul, I love the country too.

    Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:18:24 +0000 To: helen_n2k@hotmail.com

    • Hi Helen. Welcome to my blog. How nice to have you here! Thank you.

      I’m in Sydney and about to see you after 33 years!! Yey – how exciting. This is one thing I just love about social media – you reconnect with old friends whom you thought you would never find or talk with again.

      I’m so excited about seeing you in a few hours – I’ve brought a bit of country with me to sooth the computer screams!! As long as you promise to hold my hand when we cross the road with all these gizillions of cars!!! More cars in sight at the traffic lights than exist in ALL of Coolatai!!

      Hasta pronto!!

  2. Pingback: Receivaballs or Receiving Bulls? | Fiona On The GO·

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