I SPY: Driv­ers love road­house

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Ma­chine upgrade

OVER the hol­i­day break, a road trans­port iden­tity was ill and feeling dizzy when­ever he walked.

So he sought med­i­cal ad­vice and the di­ag­no­sis was that the cen­tre of his prob­lem was to do with the sleep ap­noea he suf­fers from.

For the past 10 years, he had used a C-Pap ma­chine for sleep­ing which pushes air through the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.

It had all worked well un­til a few months ago when the first signs of his dizzi­ness com­menced.

Any­way, a spe­cial­ist di­ag­nosed that he was re­tain­ing some car­bon diox­ide in his body. So he was told to upgrade from a C-Pap to a B-Pap ma­chine.

They are both sim­i­lar in that they de­liver pres­surised air through a mask to your air­ways, how­ever the B-Pap has dual set­tings which al­low you to get more air in and out of your lungs.

The bot­tom line is that it has worked won­ders for the gent who doesn’t feel dizzy any­more and has even lost a bit of weight.

Sleep ap­noea is a ma­jor con­cern for many truck­ies as it is with the gen­eral community.

Spy wants to point out he has no knowl­edge of medicine pro­ce­dures, but is just pass­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence of some­body which will be of in­ter­est.

An­other sleep

Speak­ing of sleep­ing, Spy heard of a rather hu­mor­ous in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a South Aus­tralian truckie who en­joyed a night out at a lo­cal pub.

Along with some mates, they had con­sumed a lib­eral sprin­kling of am­ber fluid be­fore clos­ing time.

They were wait­ing for a lift home in the courtesy bus, but old mate was nowhere to be found.

Be­ing sure he hadn’t left, they asked the bar at­ten­dant to try and find him.

The se­cu­rity guard was des­ig­nated the task and heard snor­ing com­ing from a toi­let near the poker ma­chine saloon.

He knocked on the door and when it opened dis­cov­ered the lad had fallen asleep on the dunny seat.

If he hadn’t been found, the cham­pion may well have been locked in the pub overnight.

WA road­house praised

SEV­ERAL truck­ies Spy has spo­ken to have been glow­ing in their praise of the Cal­tex West Pin­jarra Road­house, or Ser­vice Cen­tre, as they are known in some states.

So I asked a trans­port iden­tity from in­ter­state to check it out when he was in Western Aus­tralia.

“There was plenty of park­ing and the food was great and all of the fa­cil­i­ties were clean,” he said.

He said there was an­other such Ser­vice Cen­tre on the other side of the high­way.

“I went to one when I was headed in one di­rec­tion and then to the other on the re­turn trip,” he said.

He even snapped some pics to send to me.

Pin­jarra is about 86km from Perth and 21km south­east of the coastal city of Man­durah.

Hid­den camp for smok­ers

EV­ERY week­day, scores of trucks de­liver food and other goods to hos­pi­tals around Aus­tralia.

Many of th­ese driv­ers are smok­ers who can get held up for hours wait­ing to un­load.

Which re­sults in them hang­ing out for a durry.

How­ever with hos­pi­tals mostly hav­ing no smok­ing poli­cies, this can be dif­fi­cult.

Spy has been told of an area about 40m from a big hos­pi­tal where work­ers have set up a se­cret smok­ing area.

It is well away from the hos­pi­tal out­skirts and on a dry creek bed with crates for seats.

Some work­ers have told the de­liv­ery truck driv­ers, and now some of them en­joy a smoke there.

Chilly willy

WHILE much of Aus­tralia en­dured hot weather over the past few months that hasn’t al­ways been the case down in Tas­ma­nia.

Spy hears that a num­ber of Ap­ple Isle driv­ers were sur­prised to re­ceive “Peter heaters” as Christ­mas gifts.

For those who don’t know what that is, a Peter heater is a knit­ted gar­ment worn over male gen­i­talia to keep it warm.

This was the sub­ject of con­ver­sa­tion be­tween sev­eral driv­ers at a road­house park­ing area and they were quite amused.

One joked that no mat­ter how cold the tem­per­a­ture was down Tassie way that the re­cip­i­ents would not have to worry about a “chilly willy”.

Dundee and dusted

THE 1972 In­ter­na­tional C-1300 se­ries truck which was driven by Paul Ho­gan in the hit Aus­tralian movie Croc­o­dile Dundee will have some ma­jor work done of it soon.

It is sit­u­ated out­side the Walk­a­bout Creek Hote­lat McKin­lay in far north­west Queens­land, where some of the hit movie was filmed.

Pub­li­can Frank Wust told Spy said the work would in­volved fix­ing up the can­vas.

“We also plan to put a tin­nie on the top and it should look a bit more re­spectable af­ter that,” Frank said.

The truck ar­rived at the pop­u­lar out­back wa­ter­ing hold late in 2015 and is a gen­uine tourist at­trac­tion.

Croc­o­dile Dundee was re­leased on April 24, 1986.

A real croc­o­dile

TRUCK­IES who cross the Jar­dine River in far north Queens­land on the ferry have been get­ting a close up look at a real 4.5m long croc­o­dile.

The rep­tile which is big enough to be a man eater has been spot­ted many times near the cross­ing which is 750km north­west of Cairns.

Drop­ping wa­ter lev­els have en­sured the saurian can be seen by peo­ple.

What is of con­cern is that this is the first time that a croc­o­dile has been known to fol­low the ferry as it moved back and forth across the wa­ter­way.

Some truck­ies have posted pics of the croc on Face­book.

Au­thor­i­ties are con­cerned that driv­ers may by­pass the ferry and at­tempt to cross the river them­selves and face dan­ger from the croc, es­pe­cially if they broke down.


FAN­TAS­TIC ROAD­HOUSE: The Cal­tex West Pin­jarra Ser­vice Cen­tre/Road­house in WA

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