GERMAN-born truckie Hardy Schlie works for Picketts of Melbourne, transporting show rides and equipment around Australia.
The 68-year-old had been to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and other places when Big
Rigs saw him in Townsville on June 24. “I have carted the Spinning Coaster for the Townsville Show and then will be heading up to Cairns,” he said.
Having worked for the company “on and off” for 16 years, Hardy is content with the job and said the Volvo GH12 powered by a 460hp motor was reliable.
“I arrived in Australia in 1959 and haven’t been back to Germany since. But I have lots of relatives there,” he said.
He likes stopping at the Yamba Roadhouse in SA and another at Gilgandra in NSW.
Hardy believes there should be more rest areas around the country.
“Many of them are small cut-offs beside the highway and are not suitable for trucks,” he said.
Hardy enjoys model cars and used to be into boats, but “boats are too expensive”.
He said the highways he hated travelling on were near Moree Plains and between West Wyalong and Hay.