DRIVEN NUTS: The Nut landmark at Stanley in Tasmania is where some truckies spin yarns about yowies inhabiting the summit.
DRIVEN NUTS: The Nut landmark at Stanley in Tasmania is where some truckies spin yarns about yowies inhabiting the summit. Alf Wilson

I Spy on the Road

I Spy

Foot in his mouth


THERE is an ocker NSW truckie who tries to call a spade a spade in his conversations with other drivers.

Sometimes he upgrades that a bit and even calls a spade a shovel but overall our lad is renowned as an interesting fellow.

But on one occasion during late May during a discussion with others, perhaps he wished he may have not opened his mouth at all.

On spotting a truckie from another state whom he had not seen for a while, our man noticed the latter had put on some weight.

"That is an impressive gut you have and I hope you don't die of a heart attack. If you do I don't want to be a pall bearer at the funeral," he quipped.

Stunned silence followed and others beat a hasty retreat within minutes making various excuses.

Not long after several other truckies turned up, including one who had his wife with him.

When the husband mentioned he had been to a remote area by himself our man asked him, "Who have your been having an affair with there?"

Once again he soon found himself all alone and was about as popular as somebody passing wind in a lift.

Spy hears that these incidences soon hit the bush telegraph and our mate may well find company hard to come by in the near future.

Origin passion

WHEN it comes to genuine rivalry over a sporting event the State of Origin rugby league series between NSW and Queensland takes some beating.

Many truckies get caught up in the hype and that was evident during and after Game One on May 28 when NSW won 12-8.

Spy was told that one Brisbane truckie who watched the heated clash at a NSW roadhouse actually cried when his side lost.

He didn't get any sympathy from the NSW drivers.

Money changed hands for betting on the series, and Queensland had been hot favourites after winning the past eight.

Now that NSW is one up in the three game series, they will have every chance to finally get a win after a long drought.

But most truckies you talk to from north of the border won't have a bar of that and are confident their Maroons can win the next two.

Top bloke

A VICTORIAN truckie was described as a "top bloke" by a distraught fellow who lost his wallet.

The truckie spotted the gent after he had just come through a McDonald's drive-through frantically searching in and under his four-wheel drive.

He inquired what the problem was and was told the man was looking for his wallet which had inside cash and important cards.

Even though our truckie didn't know the poor fellow from a bar of soap, he offered to give him some money until he sorted out the loss.

The Good Samaritan even helped look for the wallet which was found five minutes later.

Hairy man

TWO truckies who live in the Circular Head area of north-west Tasmania met a SA driver who was delivering in the Apple Isle.

They were enjoying a meal and a cold soft drink at a well known hotel frequented by truckies in the scenic town of Smithton.

The visiting driver asked them about a huge landmark known as the Nut in the nearby town of Stanley.

Stanley is a beautiful historic town 75km from Burnie, and part of the Circular Head municipality.

The Nut is major tourist attraction and has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top.

He mentioned he would love to either walk to the summit or take a ride in the chairlift.

The Tassie truckies love a practical joke and went to great lengths to tell him that rumour was rife that a yowie or hairy man lived up the top.

Being superstitious, he believed them for several minutes.

Mozzie danger

MANY truckies who travel through the Pilbara region of WA have armed themselves with spray cans of personal insect repellent following reports of mosquitoes carrying Ross River Fever.

The plague of mozzies was a result of rain and they just wanted to be safe.

Anybody who has suffered from Ross River of Dengue Fever will tell you it is not good.

Missing buses

THOUSANDS of people involved in the road transport industry were at the 24th Bi-Annual North Queensland Field Days on May 16-17 at the Townsville Correction Centre Service Farm Reserve at Julago.

From all reports they enjoyed it, but many said there was one thing missing this time - courtesy buses.

At recent past events, these free buses had picked up people from various places around town and taken them to the venue 12km south of the city.

They could have some cold beers, meet old mates, check out the exhibits and get a bus home as well.

No worries about parking their car often hundreds of metres from the exhibits and risk driving home under the influence.

Spy was asked to check out why the buses were missing and phoned one of the organisers.

Spy was told the buses would have cost $15,000 and money this year went to buying bales of hay for drought stricken western farmers.

A pretty good idea ultimately.

So now you know why the buses didn't run.