Rest Area 300m: Hard Rock

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hard Rock

We have had a few slips over the last few days.
A slip is usually a soft muddy thing if you have misfortune to suddenly arrive on one in the middle of a rainy night.
This one was very hard. It came down in "Downers Cutting" in the Uruti Valley.
If you hit one of these boulders, the boulder would win.
Our front end loader was struggling to lift them, and even the short drop onto the tray causes an almighty bone jarring crash. You soon learn to get out of the truck, or you get fired into the roof.
They fell from over 50 metres, off a steep bank.
Some time ago in the same spot a fully laden semi trailer hit a similar mudstone boulder at 3 a.m. in the morning.
It tore the whole front suspension out of the truck, which then careered across the road and through a paddock, nearly ending up in a river.

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