Coral Bay - Road Kill.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2018

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Katherine (KAT) is coming up to Coral Bay to work over her university break. As the greyhound does not always operate the commuter bus from Minilya Roadhouse to Coral Bay we have offered to pick KAT up in Minilya 100 clicks away. Only a little snare in the plan - the greyhound arrives in Minilya at around 12.30 am.

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. I climb stiffly out of the cab and instantly realize I've hit at least one cow full on, the vehicle front is crushed, the bull bar is twisted obscenely, the bonnet will not move and the left wheel is jammed - bugger I am in strife. Grabbing the hammer I manage to gain some space for the wheel. As I can not access the engine I conclude with little option to attempt a start - the troopy fires - a quick listen confirms the fan is free. The gauges suggest no radiator or battery damage - into gear and move off slowly. Not bad - can not turn corners without violent scraping but a wide arc is doable. No chance to get the headlights onto the cattle, will check on the return. I head for Manilya.

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.

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