Coral Bay - Road Kill.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
Undaunted I (Avan) set off and all goes well until about 10 km from Minilya, it is pitch black and I'm just entering a flood way dip when I realize a florescent black and white grid marker which was clearly visible in the headlight has disappeared, the penny drops that something large is on the road. My boot frantically pumps the brake, then thump!!! As the troopy crunches to a rapid halt, I feel more than see the herd of cattle about the vehicle.
I finally prise my hands from the steering wheel and come to terms that sitting staring is not helping the situation
While waiting a short time for the bus I again tackle a bit of panel beating and gain a little more turning circle. KAT arrives and I load her luggage into the rear, then being a gentleman try to open her passenger door - how embarrassing, will not budge so have to send KAT in via the drivers side door.
On the way back we can now confirm in the remaining headlight that there is a dead cow and I realize I have used up another good luck charm. I also remember that only a couple of months ago a guy died near here when his Ute collected a cow.
Next morning in the light of day it is clear that the bull bar has also pushed into the right side fender and there is a hoof print in the running board. It is apparent that at least two cows have inflicted the damage. Thank goodness for luck, and insurance.
I know its like buying flowers for your girlfriend after a breakup (or closing the proverbial gate after the horse has bolted) but after finally getting the troopy back from the panel shop we invested in spotlights and new tyres.
Footnote: THIS WAS A SERIOUS WARNING NOT TO DRIVE AT NIGHT IN THE OUTBACK.