Why an outback traffic jam looks like a camels backside! - Video

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 21:40


These gems were taken by Gaby on the 8th June, 2007 and show the typical dromedarial traffic jam that occurs on many of our remote outback tracks. Camels, with their soft feet, prefer to pad along any form of trail rather than walk on the spinifex or gibber clad open spaces. Being a beast of 750+ kilograms being run by a brain the size of walnut, once they start their unlikely gait, they are impossible to get off the track. Many a time we have been stuck behind them for kilometres. OK you might say, not a bad thing but if you’ve ever been downwind from a bull in must, believe me, it’s enough to make you pull over and boil the billy hoping they get of the track in the mean time (they never do!).

These particularly healthy specimens refused to get off the track in to the Desert Queen Baths in the Rudall River National Park. The camera women is Gaby, crazed Canadian Baileys addict. The other voice is her husband Scott and the occasional dulcet tones of Moi over the UHF (and calling the 2007 DQB camel cup). Note how skippified Gaby has become with her use of Aussie slang…”You’ll scare the …” lol.

''We knew from the experience of well-known travelers that the
trip would doubtless be attended with much hardship.''
Richard Maurice - 1903
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