Hitting the Road without Hitting Emus!

To get the most out of Tom’s “Coober Pedy Golf Membership”, which he got for his birthday, we decided to do a “small” detour (500km one-way), so he could play the 18 holes. Besides the oversized vehicles, wildlife is another challenge in remote areas. You don’t want to hit a kangaroo, emu, sheep, horse, goat, or even a cow cruising at 110km/h. It’s not always easy, since we have the feeling the wildlife makes a sport out of crossing the road at the exact same moment you pass there with your car…

The birds prefer the “fresh” bodies on or next to the road to have a feast. Sadly they aren’t always able to fly away in time…

Lizards are cold blooded, which means they have to sit in the sun for their body temperature to rise, so they can be active. The best place to do so is on the road…

The closest “encounter” we had on this trip was with an emu, who luckily decided to stop crossing the road about 20cm from our car, as we zipped by at 110km/h. Afterwards, it looked at us as stupid as they always do, and continued happily with its buddies on the other side!

Finally our biggest tip on how not to hit emus: cross your fingers and hope you don’t hit one!

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