A GROUP of overseas backpackers who were making fun of a well-known South Australian truckie didn't have any idea that some of his mates would also be offended.
This particular truckie stutters when talking and often takes time to get some words out and is a top bloke well respected by colleagues.
He was in a conversion with several driver mates when one noticed the tourists were having a loud laugh at his expense.
So a couple of the drivers walked over to them and said it was very rude and perhaps they should refrain.
One of these truckies was a rather large lad who looked as if he could go 10 rounds in the boxing ring.
The result was that the backpackers beat a hasty retreat from the roadhouse.
It shows just how truckies will stick by each other if they see a mate offended.
In the final analysis, the laugh was really on the tourists.
Hit and run was no dream
A VETERAN truckie was having sweet dreams in his sleeper box when he heard a big thump at the back of his prime mover.
It was at 2am on June 8 in north Queensland and the driver was sleeping before loading up the next morning.
"I heard this big thump and got out of the sleeper box and saw tail lights heading off up the road," he said.
On checking the damage he found a tail light on the back passenger side of the prime mover destroyed and other damage.
"There is no doubt it was done by a hoon in a car and it really made me angry," he told Spy when inspecting the damage the next day at a roadhouse parking area.
He couldn't see the point in reporting it to the police as there were no witnesses but did ring his boss.
Farma drama needs explanation
IT seems that many truckies travelling the highways and byways are very observant.
Three such fellows have spotted a light rig getting around with a name on the front which reads "No Drama To Be A Farma".
A couple reckon it must be owned by a farmer who hasn't spelt that name wrong.
The trio were discussing it at a roadhouse and being a Spy it really is my duty to try and get to the bottom of this for readers.
To be honest, however, Spy really has no idea, but if anybody can fill us in please let us know.
Roo cause of six truck hold-up
ABOUT six trucks had pulled up along a Western Australian highway without any logical explanation.
There were no roadworks and a couple pumped their horns at the driver up front.
A truckie who was at the back told Spy it had been frustrating being held up for so long.
Then they found out the reason. A kangaroo had wandered onto the middle of the road.
Only when it hopped away did traffic continue.
Wrong way and right way
IT is good to get feedback on this column and that occurred twice regarding some parts of Spy from the last edition.
The first comment from a truckie referred to the par about the stripper who was picked by several drivers near Bundaberg.
"I read that and something similar happened to me. Three strippers were hitching in Queensland and wanted a ride to Darwin. But I was going the wrong way having just come from the Northern Territory," he said.
Spy hypothetically quizzed the truckie on how he would have fitted three lasses into his rig anyway.
"I would have squeezed them all in somehow," he said.
The other comment was about my bit regarding the monk was who walking along the highway.
A truckie told Spy he read that and had an experience with the monk himself.
"I was at a work site in Bowen and he walked in and we all gave him fruit. It was the right thing to do," he said.
Pressure rises in search
IT was with some curiosity amongst onlookers at a roadhouse eatery when they saw a truckie on the floor searching for something.
Other drivers sitting nearby wondered what it was all about when he stayed there for several minutes. "Maybe one of his contact lenses fell out and he is trying to find it," one pondered.
After a while the bloke seemed to have found the lost item and one went up and asked him was he alright. "I was trying to take my blood pressure tablets and one fell on the floor and it was very small. But I ended up finding it," he said.
Kind-hearted help for birds
AN unknown truckie has received glowing praise for his actions on May 29 when he stopped along busy Woolcock St in North Queensland to help two injured lorikeets.
Spy heard about the incident a few days later while yarning to truckies at the nearby Bohle Little Acre Roadhouse.
One had seen the driver pick up the poor little colourful birds and didn't know what became of them. A few days later a lady wrote a letter to the editor of the Townsville Bulletin paper praising the truckie.
It carried a headline of "Kind Truckie" and several drivers spoke about it the same day in the parking area at the BP Cluden Roadhouse.
Drop from sky unwelcome
SPY nearly choked on his corn flakes when told of this ripper which occurred to two South Australian truckies. They were walking together from a shopping centre when both felt something land on them and much to their horror they looked up to see dozens of pigeons.
Alas they had been hit by bird poo. Now one had a hat on but the other needed to shampoo his hair at the roadhouse shower. Being good natured lads they could even see the funny side of a joke at their expense compliments of a witty driver. "It's a bird, no it's a plane, no it's Superman, oops, I mean bird droppings," one the wag quipped.