Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tiny Tale: Lorry.

After loading pallets stacked with boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables onto to his second hand poorly maintained 6 tonne white Lorry, Liam tied down the pallets to the flat tray bed with woven nylon rope, when all was secure he jumped into the drivers seat, fired up the turbo charged diesel engine, rammed the gearbox into first gear, popped the clutch, drove slowly through the busy fruit and vegetable market shed out the wide doors and main gates, turned left onto the wet and slippery, fog bound highway heading north west of Melbourne to the family owned and run green grocery shop.

Parking the 6 tonne white Lorry outside the family owned and run green grocery shop on a crest of a steep hill , Liam cut the diesel engine, placed the gearbox in neutral, engaged the the cable handbrake which is rusted part the way through and dangling by one rusty thread of wire, removed the ignition key, locked the steering wheel so the front wheels are pointing straight ahead down the steep hill, jumped out and started undoing the woven nylon rope securing the pallets in readiness to unload them by forklift.

Grabbing the forklift key off a hook, he trundled out of the shop with the forklift and started unloading the pallets one by one. When it came down to the final pallet, Liam misjudged the distance between the forklift and Lorry slamming into it's side causing it to rock violently from side to side, vibrating the rusty handbrake cable causing the dangling single thread of wire to snap.

When Liam reversed away from the Lorry, it took off down the steep hill, out of control, gaining speed along the way, racing towards a wooden bridge spanning a canal, it mounted the bridge crashed through the rotten timber railing, flipped upside down landing on the front of a wooden scow just as it emerged from under the wooden bridge sending both straight to the muddy bottom of the canal's cold murky waters. Liam turned up out of breath a few seconds later, but all he could do was stand on the canal bank scratching his head wondering what to do next.
(c) 2010 Windsmoke.

12 comments:

madamebutterfly said...

Well there's a morale to this tale - he's lucky it didn't snap whilst he was on the road!

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day MADAMEBUTTERFLY, Just imagine the mess all over the highway if it did snap with fruit and vegetables scattered everywhere.
Checkout my other Tiny Tale: Scow to get the full story.

madamebutterfly said...

Ahh just read it - that was so lucky, that there was no-one injured!

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day MADAMEBUTTERFLY, Are you sure no one was injured, I believe there were a couple of backpackers on board hitching a ride what happened to them?.

Katherine said...

Poor Liam... he would have been in a state of shock but I guess things could have been much worse...there could have been casualties.

Life Ramblings said...

he must have been emotionally terrified but at least he's safe.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Waikiki

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Windsmoke. said...

G' Day KATHERINE, Welcome to my humble blog and i hope to hear from you in the future. Anybody would be in a state of shock after that disaster.

G' Day LIFE RAMBLINGS, Fantastic to hear from you a again. He'd would have been gratefull nobody was hurt or were they.

G' Day CLOUDIA, Always good to hear from my Hawaiian friend.

Ann said...

So that's what my boy friend Liam's been doing?
I am going to ditch him,
and head across the ditch and look for this Aussie hunk who writes to make me laugh.
Goodbye Liam, I like man with brains.
LOL

I did a post on a fork lift driver, but I can't find it for you.

Dave King said...

I am on the edge of my seat. When the next instalment?

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

I am very glad to discover this blog of yours thanks to you comment on Sunday. The narration in
your latest post has got a nervous, unbridled magnificence.

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day ANN, I'm glad you have a good sense of humour. Pity you couldn't find the forklift driver post i'm very interested in reading it.

G' Day DAVE KING, Stay tuned for the next instalment coming soon.

G' Day, TOMMASO GERVASUTTI, Welcome to my humble blog and i hope to hear from you in the future. Thank you for your generous comment.