Wide Load, just South of the Tropic of Capricorn

Had to pull over just south of the Tropic of Capricorn on the Bruce Hwy

(Highway 1) for this house travelling north.

GPS co-ords are approx, actually taken half a km further north up the

highway, but close enough for these purposes.

This is part of a series of shots I took in high-speed drive mode as the house passed us.

The full series put together in a small movie can be seen here.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 4th July 2006, This photo: 9:59am


  • looby88 said:
    so if you dont get on with your neighbours can you just move ?!!?
  • David de Groot said:
    hehe I guess so, although I suspect the real story is that this is likely to be a miner's hut on it's way to one of the numerous coal mines in the area.
  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    Yep, when they say wide load, they mean wide load.
  • David de Groot said:
    This was definitely the widest load we encountered on this trip. The other ones were pieces of drag-line on their way to the mines and generally weren't much wider than the lane, oh and there was a small shed that overhung 1ft on one side of the truck and 2ft on the other (centre-line side). Had to overtake that one twice due to fuel stops.
  • Meg Forbes said:
    By 0Km start do the mean house speed limits? ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    As amusing as that would be Meg, no, it's a speedo check zone. You check your odometer as you pass the sign and then 1km down the road there's another one where you can check to see if your odometer measures the same distance. The repeat for 5 km so you can get a good idea of how much you're out by.
  • flash of light said:
    What a handy public service!
    BTW if there was a wide load like that on our roads I think it would bring the entire country to gridlock.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    I think there is an ulterior motive actually, by providing a means of checking your speedo, they can assume you'll get any errors fixed, or take into account the amount of error and thus the authorities feel justified in fining you for speeding.

    And that one is a small load :) Luckily on a relatively wide bit of road, there are some areas where it's barely wide enough for two cars to safely pass another and I've seen loads like this coming down the road.
  • flash of light said:
    Wow I still think it's helpful. You'd just get fined here regardless. No remorse or soul-searching as to whether the victim has had a fair chance. Mind you speed cameras don't really have a conscience do they. Do you have these lovely things in Aus?
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh most definitely. Some (the ones on the highways in NSW) are fixed on the side of the road and you get three very large warning signs before them. These are what I term "good" speed cameras, as they are usually in an area where speed may have been an attribution to an accident.

    Then you have the regular slimy hidden or car mounted cameras. In South Australia they use modern unmarked cars and place a "Speed Camera in Use" sign (about 8 inches square) some 100m past the camera.

    In Queensland they usually use white Toyota Landcruisers or now Mercedes vans (also white) and the sign is usually within 5 m of the camera (much to close to be of any warning).

    NSW and Victoria have their own variants but the fines are a lot steeper.

    Personally, I just tend to toodle along at the limit these days.