STOPPING for a cuppa at Mood Food, we were able to get into the roadhouse there without a hassle other than skirting the new take-away food unit out the back.
Here we caught up with our old mate Nick Harvey from Brighton when he rolled in for a cuppa and a bite to eat driving his somewhat eye-catching GT 4 Wheel drive Hino fertiliser spreader.
Nick was on his way from Impact at Bridgewater to a place near Bothwell with a load of fertiliser and nitrogen for a 120 hectare poppy crop, his second trip for the day, doing 60 hectares at a time.
“Well John retired seven years ago and that has left me running the outfit. My sister Renee is working with me, in fact she is currently down at Salt Water River at the moment, and there is another driver out spreading fertiliser as well,” Nick said.
“For myself, well I have been on the road now since I turned 17 with an exemption, and that’s 12 years ago.
“Our main focus is spreading superphosphate all over southern Tasmania, and that includes working in some amazing locations.
“I still really love the job, trucks and being out there doing something, be it on the road, or out in someone’s paddock.
“Mind you, like everyone we have our off days and are always battling for decent rates, but on the whole I have never had any real regrets.”
Asked about what he did during his time off, Nick replied: “In just one word, maintenance!”