One truckie's rest area dilemma
MUCH has been written and said about the general shortage of rest areas around the country and this is a vivid experience of one middle-aged truckie on the subject.
This lad was suffering from an acute case of diarrhoea whilst delivering goods interstate.
Most of us have had diarrhoea and realise that being near a toilet is so important.
But if a truckie is unfortunate to have the dreaded ailment whilst working it becomes very "uncomfortable".
He told Spy that on sections of highway where there were no rest areas with toilets he was forced to pull over wherever he could numerous times.
Then he had to hide behind his truck so passing motorists couldn't see him.
Our man with the runs told other drivers at a roadhouse that it was much easier to have a piddle under such circumstances.
However the stress level increased when it was a regular "number two" caused by diarrhoea.
This driver even stopped at a chemist along his trip to purchase some gastro stop tablets.
Which eased the problem for a while.
This is not meant in any way to take the Mickey out of the driver even though I am sure many will see a humorous side.
It is written to highlight the human side of the rest area dilemma.
I would bet hundreds of truckies who keep Australia supplied would have experienced this from time to time.