Not sure I have mentioned this, but I live in Outback Queensland, where road trains are quite common. To give you an idea of size, take one semi, and then add two extra trailers on the back, and you have the MOTHER of all trucks. I mean, you don’t go trying to overtake these behemoths of the bush, you just hope they are turning off soon. Now one of the uses of Road Trains is the transportation of live stock to the sale yards. So these are coming from big properties, where ordinary trains can’t go.
Now, these big super trucks, often have to pass through small towns on their way to market. But, if you happen to be a cyclist and pull up beside one of these trucks at the lights, it may well pay to have an umbrella, as one poor chap discovered. No sooner had he stopped, to wait for the lights to change, some of the cows decided it was a good time to pee. All…over…him. Now, there was this one bloke, who was so angry about being peed on at the lights, that he wrote to the local paper, suggesting of all things, that the cows be made to and I quote “Go to the toilet”, before they board the trucks. This brought much amusement and some anger from locals, who thought its ridiculous to ask the cows to relieve themselves before getting on the trucks.
I found it funny too, until one day, I was driving a truck behind one of these road trains, and well, a huge storm rolled over, and to the cows on that truck, it was like a signal to release their bowels. I can’t tell you how horrified I was, when a wave of brown muck, came heading for my windscreen at 100 kilometers an hour. My windscreen wipers could barely cope.
That day, I did sympathize with that cyclist. A friend from the UK, said that Australia was full of bullshit. Well, that day, it felt like it too.