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traffic, we at last gained freedom to
scamper up the hill toward a right-hand
turn into Seven Hills Road. Thinking I
had entered the right-hand slip lane,
I scampered on, only to find the lane
suddenly ending. We were in the
wrong slip lane!
What to do next? Smash the borrowed
car into the curb at the end and maybe flip
it, or swerve to the left while braking hard?
I chose the latter but ended up with the
nose of the car protruding into the left
lane. Fortunately, the driver beside me was
alert and stopped without a collision
occurring. A long tooting of the horn
ensued, and fair enough.
Whoever you are, I do apologise for the
fright I gave you (and ourselves) while
taking the premature slip lane, and my
sincere thanks for managing the crisis so
well. The outcome could have been totally
different and chills me to think of it.
S.D. Olds, via email
WARNING FOR US
I was thrilled that you featured the Far
North Coast and its hinterland in Open
Road last issue but was disappointed that
there wasn’t one photo of the central part
of the whole area – Mount Warning.
I was born in Murwillumbah, grew up
looking at the wonderful mountain and even
taught in a small school on the Tweed River.
No matter where you are on the Far North
Coast, Mount Warning is always visible.
It would also have been useful to warn
visitors to Tyalgum about the correct way
to pronounce it. Just leave out the ‘y ’ and
you’ve got it right.
Michael Egan, Killarney Heights
I read ‘Surviving the
Big Dry’ (July/August)
with interest and
would like to
NRMA volunteers for
their service to our
country folk. I have
also been informed of their work in
Frontier News – the publication from
Frontier Services. They organise these
trips and have been very impressed with
the way the volunteers have been able to
get machinery working again, which surely
must be encouraging to the property
owners who are really doing it tough. Keep
up the good work.
Johanna Jesson, Heathcote
I was driving east along the Cumberland
Highway one Saturday morning and
suddenly found the rising sun placed
squarely in the centre of my windscreen.
Naturally, I slowed down before turning
right and continuing along the A6 through
Northmead. My visibility was down to 40
feet when I had to drive through a traffic
signal I knew to be there, but the status of
which I was unsure. I slowed to 30km/h
and, as I was almost upon it, breathed a
sigh of relief that it was showing ‘green’.
It’s not the first time the sun has
obscured my vision while driving, but this
was the worst example I can recall. I ’m not
quite sure what road designers could do to
remedy the problem. You can’t erect giant
screens everywhere. Maybe this is another
virtue of ‘self-driving’ vehicles, which,
unlike us, aren’t blinded by the sun and
could be programmed to detect red lights
and vehicles on a collision course,
whatever the viewing circumstances.
Paul Esposito, via email
The recent opening of the Frederickton-Eungai Bypass took me
back to the 1930s, when I rode my bike along this narrow,
potholed and corrugated ‘highway’ to Clybucca Public School. Two
local men maintained it, one driving a horse drawn grader while
the other filled potholes and cleared drains with a pick and shovel.
Cars were few, mainly local, and long-distance travellers were
rare and easily recognisable with their luggage racks piled with
camping gear and spare tins of benzene, while a water bag dangled
from front bumpers. I often encountered swagmen camping in
roadside cream stands or under bridges in the depression years.
Later I rode daily past the site of the future horrific coach
collision (1989) to catch the high school bus to Kempsey.
Now it will just be like old times. The bypassed highways will
revert to local traffic, as motorists divert at 110km/h along
featureless, yet safer, freeways. – Les Sullivan, NRMA Life Member
No matter where you are on
the Far North Coast, Mount
Warning is always visible
THE WAY WE WERE 1930s
The Royal Mail negotiating
floodwaters at Clybucca in 1921.
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