Roadtrip drama

road trip

This  roadtrip has been one of much driving. Since leaving home we have driven over 1800 kilometres so far between 3oth March to 2nd April.

Mostly the roads have been quiet and reasonably clear of traffic, making travelling easy and relatively fast.

Until – Friday 31st. It has proven to be a trip of wildlife incidents. I lay peacefully snoozing. With TRH (The Retired Husband) at the controls I knew I was in safe hands. He loves long distance driving. I don’t.

Cerberus Safe Base Charlie

Whilst I was happily immersed in dreamland, we were targetted by a kamakaze bird. It hit the front left side of our bonnet leaving a golf ball sized dent in the panel. It happens. We accept it as an unfortunate and often unavoidable side effect of long distance road travel.

We picked Marc up at the Cerberus Naval Base Friday afternoon. Although the last couple of hundred kilometres to Paynesville was painfully slow due to an increase in traffic and roadworks, it remained uneventful. Until – 5 kilometres from our destination.

Suddenly there was an almighty BANG! on the left side of the car.

Having pulled over, the two boys hopped out to have a look. Meanwhile, I noticed in the side mirror that a small wallaby hopped its way across the road into the paddocks on the other side. It left a clump of its fur and two huge dents in both passenger side doors.

We have now joined the growing number of wild life animal car collisions in Australia.

Kangaroos and wallabies (sort of like a mini kangaroo) are the cause of more road crashes and insurance claims in Australia than any other animals. Although we did not crash, we sustained significant damage. Whether the wallaby survived we will never know. Many sustain invisible and fatal internal injuries.

Insurance company AAMI analyzed almost 20,000 reported road claims made in 2015 and found that kangaroos accounted for 88 percent of the accidents, while wallabies (6 percent). During the winter months between June to August there is a 68% spike in reported incidents. Shorter days mean that there are more animals on the move, reduced visibility and poor weather conditions.

Fingers crossed that this is the end of wild life events on this trip for us.

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace 

We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)



47 thoughts on “Roadtrip drama

  1. Oh my goodness Raili, 2 attacks with dents to show for it, is not good. Hope that the rest of your trip will be uneventful and peaceful.
    Say hello to Mark and Shalini from me please. 😊

    1. We are – it probably isn’t. Wallabies are a lot smaller than deer, thank goodness! We’re lucky it wasn’t a Big Red kangaroo hitting our Big Red car! They stand over 6 foot tall.

      1. Hitting a big red wouldn’t have been good at all – like you said you are lucky it was a wallaby. I’m always wary about the stretch of road between Port Augusta and Whyalla when we head back home to see family. It’s notorious for roos. But then I’m an anxious passenger anyway 🙂

  2. Oh my word, you ARE having a hooting time! You know, on March 31, I checked to make sure it wasn’t Friday the 13th, because it looked like the numbers were flipped and MY day was just pure awfulness as well. I even checked to see if it was a full moon, but it wasn’t. Just an ucky day. And I know how hard it is to travel long car rides. In January, we headed From GA to NY to a funeral, with 5 people in the car and drove it straight shot there, straight shot back. It was pure, pure hell. And my husband and I had to share one room with his family. Oh that horrible trip still lives with me this day. However, there were some nicer points to the travel of being in New York and meeting more of his family. Ah well, I know I’ve been on a tangent. I hope you find some nicer points of your travel, too, and don’t run into any more kangaroos!

    1. Always a bright side to things! A couple of wildlife glitches – so far no more. Today has been serence and calm watching and listening to waves breaking on the shore and browsing in local shops after a leisurely Italian breakfast 🙂

    1. We saw it skip away. We don;t know whether it lived or not – may have had internal injuries as it was a heavy hit. That is what often happens, unfortunately.

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