Sunday, 1 July 2012

Danger!


The outback is fraught with danger, be it scorching heat, dry, parched scrub, freezing nights, any amount of wildlife, an unrelenting landscape where disorientation is easy, and......Road Trains! They are an integral part of the Outback landscape, just like kangaroos, red dust and endless horizons. Australia has the largest and heaviest road-legal vehicles in the world. They can be up to 5 trailers long, but only up to 3 are permitted in Queensland, and about 200 tonnes. As you can imagine when one of these passes you, you are blinded by the dust for a while, and driving behind one is another thing altogether! It was fortunate on the picture above that there was enough room to pull right across to the left...sometimes it's a single lane track.

3 comments:

Seventy Plus said...

Brings back memories of a stint I spent in the territory in the seventies (worked my way around the country)---Sydney to Sydney, only missed Tas and WA

AL said...

Oh I bet you have some amazing and funny tales to tell. Pleased it brought back some memories for you.

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, this is not for our small streets! Great shot, AL.