a picture my son drew of a wave on a beach

Day 56 Broken ­Hill

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In a recent conversation with a non-Australian it struck me that people don’t know what a Ute is. It is a small utility truck. Basically a car with the back end replaced by a tray. They are incredibly useful and much loved in Outback Australia.

There is a house down by the railway line near my house. It looks like it is deserted but you can never be sure. Outside is parked Thrasher the Ute.

Beaten up old ute, with the moniker, 'Built for Thrashing' painted on the side. Paint peeling, glass broken and a panel missing. This car has definitely been thrashed
Thasher the Ute

I own a Holden Rodeo ute which I am not sure I could treat as badly as Thrasher. I rarely drive my ute to be honest. I’ve not actually used a tank of petrol in the last 50 or so days. The shops are a short walk away and I ride my bicycle at every chance.

Thrasher the Ute. No longer used to smash around the outback. Now just a testament to redneck days or yore.
I suspect if Thrasher was not used in 1979’s Mad Max movie it wanted to be

On Friday I visited the National Parks & Wildlife offices and they kindly gave me information for all the local National Parks. When I say local it is not like in Britain. The distances are not to be sniffed at and there are fewer tea shops along the way. I am pretty keen to go camp out there before the summer returns. The sky at night always seems clearer when it’s cold. Many of the roads are unsealed so maybe I will get the chance to thrash my ute after all.

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