South Australian traveller 'Rest' stops are a perfect amalgam of political correctness, public safety and parsimony. Endless signs lining outback highways encourage drivers to stop, take a break and revive - and to facilitate the traveller take-up rate, rest stops like this one are provided! Just the inducement needed to pull over and break ones journey, don't you think???
There's a bin - but no shade, nowhere to sit and no toilet!!
Inviting, isn't it?
BUT ... hunger and fatigue overcame our reluctance at this rest stop just north of Coober Pedy, and we pulled in for lunch...
... and a short while later, this road train emeged from a cloud of dust to park alongside us - and inadvertently provide this great outback shot!! And far better to meet it here than on a one-lane bitumen road with knee-deep bulldust on each side and outback protocol (and safety) dictating we pull over to let it past ...
By Australian standards, this is a pretty big rig. But not the biggest by a long way! The current world road train record was set in 2006, when a Mack Truck towed 112 semitrailers - a total length of over 1,474 metres (4,836 feet) - for 100 metres (328 feet) in Clifton, Queensland!
As it turned out, we're parked in a truckies rest stop - although it wasn't marked as such on our map. Now, I'm sure you'll agree that with enticements like these, truckies will be begging to take more regular breaks - and our outback roads will be so much safer!!