Wet Season Road Hazards Cooktown to Wujal Wujal

Took a run to Wujal Wujal today. They’ve had a lot of rain down in Eastern Yalanji country in the past 24 hours. I haven’t heard anything other than the local bama saying “lotta rain brother”.
I was down that way last week, and the road was rough, but not like this morning.
The signs of big rains were all around, as you’ll see. I didn’t take photos of water running off the mountain, just the road hazards you encounter on tropical roads in The Wet.

This log had to be cleared from the ‘Little Annan’ crossing this morning. At night, this log would be all but invisible. Approach any crossing or causeway with care after rain.

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The entries into some of the creek crossings were slick with mud from the previous nights flash flooding. This stuff can be slippery & send you into guard rails, or the creek. Beware.

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There was also the odd tree hazard. On a blind bend. This road is hazardous at the best of times. Take extreme care on blind bends and crests. Slow down.

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Wash-outs are numerous and deep. This is one example.
Generally the washout creates a rut on the high side. Further along,a rut washes across the track and feeds a deeper washout on the low side. General rule of thumb is to approach bends etc. on the high side. This often means you approach blind crests on the wrong side of the road. Hence the rule, ‘Slow the Hell Down!’

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When the road from The Lions Den to Ayton is in this condition, the average speed is 30 km/h. A lot of the journey is spent ‘walking’ your vehicle over or around rain exposed hazards.

I could get all political about the lack of maintenance funding for this important road. However, very little has changed in the 30 years since I last regularly travelled this road. It’ll take a bloody coal deposit to be discovered before any QLD government bothers to spend some money up here.
The photos above show a road that is a School Bus route. It also carries heavy vehicles & a lot of four wheel drives and conventional cars. It is at the Northern end of the ‘Bloomfield Track’, & therefore carries a lot of tourist traffic in The Dry.
Maybe in another thirty years,they’ll grant us another five kilometres of tar.

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