THE truckies dubbed it “Emerald Island” and they wanted nothing more than to get in their proverbial boats and get out of town.
Truckies grounded at the Caltex truckstop were anxiously waiting for the roads out of Emerald to open – some to get home to pregnant partners, others to deliver more than a million doll
ars worth of a sound system set for the Guns N’ Roses concert in Adelaide last night.
“My partner in Brisbane is nine months pregnant and could drop any day,” said Cameo Relocations driver Rei Jeffcoat, who arrived in Emerald on Thursday morning.
“I’ve just about had enough of just sitting around.”
Rei was one of about 40 drivers stranded at the Caltex who were carting everything from fresh fruit to swimming pools, mining equipment to cattle, concert sound systems to shipping containers.
Owner operator Ray Macky lost about $5000 while flood waters kept roads closed and Emerald isolated.
“Right now, we’re standing on Mystic Sands,” Ray said.
“I can’t move at all — I’ve been grounded because I’m 2.9cm over and I only need to get to the other side of town.”
To pass the time, the marooned truckies paid a visit to a local pub, but were shocked when dress codes had been enforced and were refused entry.
“What’re we supposed to wear? All we have is work clothes because none of us thought we’d be stuck out here on Emerald Island,” Ray said.
“It’s bloody ridiculous.”
Instead, a barbecue was deliv
ered and the crowd of drivers caught up on the latest news from the road.
“We cooked up a feed, sat around, had a chat and most of us have done the washing so the missus won’t get mad when we finally get home,” Ray said.
“Least we’ll be clean for the leg home.”
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