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Road Oddity

Driving back to Bangkok after a quick trip to the Village to inspect the house project, we came up to this truck on a divided section of highway 24. I passed my camera, which travels on my lap [for reasons I will explain one day], to Na who made a series of shots as I performed the overtaking procedure.

 

Over-loaded small trucks are a common driving hazard, and are involved in or cause many accidents. Despite this, the road police seem to be very lenient about  this stretching of road law. These loads are top-heavy and often unstable...they can cause the truck to lurch about the road like a drunken cyclist, especially if there is a side wind.

 

The transporting of bales of hay about the place is a bit of a logistical mystery to me...we pass trucks engaged in this activity, moving hay towards Bangkok and away from Bangkok...what is the purpose of this "vacationing" hay?

Road Oddity

Driving back to Bangkok after a quick trip to the Village to inspect the house project, we came up to this truck on a divided section of highway 24. I passed my camera, which travels on my lap [for reasons I will explain one day], to Na who made a series of shots as I performed the overtaking procedure.

 

Over-loaded small trucks are a common driving hazard, and are involved in or cause many accidents. Despite this, the road police seem to be very lenient about  this stretching of road law. These loads are top-heavy and often unstable...they can cause the truck to lurch about the road like a drunken cyclist, especially if there is a side wind.

 

The transporting of bales of hay about the place is a bit of a logistical mystery to me...we pass trucks engaged in this activity, moving hay towards Bangkok and away from Bangkok...what is the purpose of this "vacationing" hay?

comments (23)

  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 9 Jul 2014, 01:53
This truck is top heavy by a lot Ray... Na got a good shot... i'm like you... i don't stay behind anything on the road that sways for very long...
Oh! ... why can't hay take a holiday... it spends its winters locked upgrin
....petersmile



[grin]
Ray: You are correct, of course, Peter...the hay is as deserving of a vacation trip as much as I am.

smile
I don't think I would have the bravery to pass these overloaded trucks!
BTW... my camera is typically on my lap too. I use my sunroof at times to get some high shots of the city.
Ray: Fairly quickly, Hollie, you come to realise it is better for this monstrosity to be behind you rather than in front of you, and so you grip the steering wheel firmly and accelerate past.

It is rather too sunny for sun-roofs in Thailand, so few cars have them.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jul 2014, 04:47
I have seen many hay trucks, but this beats the limits....
You are so right to make the hell out of there. I like to have idiots like this behind me.....
Na did a great job, great shot here and what a story.
Ray: You are very generous with your comment, Astrid.

I have seen even worse examples , but don't presently have the pictures.
Oh my goodness!! I wouldn't stay behind him long...

Perhaps the hay is like Fruit Cake. There's really only one- but everyone keeps sending it to each other! smile
Ray: Ha ha

I like that, Elizabeth...perhaps, an Art Installation created by Yoko Ono...
It does make you wonder, Ray...about all of it (even the camera on your lap). smile
Ray: Scenes like this are everyday events on Thailand roads, Ginnie.

Last trip up-country we passed 4 accident scenes where police were still actively engaged in organising ambulances and getting roads cleared, and that was just on the way to The Village.

Thailand is one of the worst countries for road trauma.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2014, 05:46
It's good that we still come across some mysteries in life -so I won't even suggest an explanation
Ray: Mysteries are part of the excitement of Life, aren't they, Lisl.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2014, 06:23
That is downright dangerous isn't it! Of course it would be a good way of smuggling something large
Ray: You could hide a grown elephant in that load, Chris.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 9 Jul 2014, 08:55
The police should come down on them like a Tom of hay Ray. Seems like we have a new quality photographer.
Ray: Na is pretty good with a camera, Chad...takes a lot of shots and vids of cats, people, flower decorations...
i think their thumbrule is, anything that does not cause the axle to deflect in the middle and wheels to tilt inwards is definitely roadworthy. nice photo opportunity that was not missed by Na.
Ray: Unfortunately, Ayush, even those things don't attract the wrath of the Law.
It looks like the back of the truck was built for such a load but even the rail seems to be bending. Agricultural vehicles are a real way of life here and a hazard in the sense that people want to pass them and do, often in areas and situations where they should not.
Ray: This operator probably carts only hay, so he will travel everyday with a load like this, Mary....until he has an accident.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2014, 11:14
I try to make it my business not to think about same stuff going towards and coming from a same destination. But can't help thinking about it, when I notice it. Here you sometimes see the same thing. A one ton truck loaded to the sky, travelling North - Zimbabwe. Gets fined a number of times, but not taken off the road.
Ray: Yes...a key plank in the low-cost services, Louis, but dangerous! Thailand has a truly terrible road trauma issue because of many things like this.
Fantastic image Ray.... I see this alot back in Nigeria...
Ray: I am confident this is true, Aderonke.
Foot down and pray, Ray! smile
Ray: I believe I am a quite competent driver, Frank, but cannot control the behaviours of those responsible for the other vehicles sharing the road.
I think this scene is typical of that part of the world. In India its much the same. They probably move it around in the hope of getting the best price. Perhaps when they don't get it, they have to bring it back. Well done Na, you took a brilliant shot, I think.
Ray: Most of Asia is still falling short of actually managing their roads and its users, Suzanne.

Thailand's roads are better than average, but it still has the highest road toll in the region.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2014, 17:04
Oh crikey! It does look most precarious. I have the same thoughts when I see two road diggers going in opposite directions; why don't they co-ordinate their work to minimise travelling?
Ray: I'll continue to use Na as my camera tripod and remote shutter control when we travel, Alan...there are bizarre things to be captured on Thailand's roads.
Ex-straw-dinary Ray
Ray: Thank you for that, Bill.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Jul 2014, 18:56
Let's hope all will be going well!
Ray: Mostly, I suppose, they reach they destination, Philine.
I am impressed by the tiny ropes holding the bales Ray! You took a wise decision to overtake it...
Ray: I would guess the flimsy ropes are more for looks than utility, Richard.
logistics are today a very complex mystery where money is to be made, they say, Ray
Ray: Logistics is BIG in Thailand, Juan Carlos...unfortunately it mainly involves road movement, as rail in Thailand is extremely run down.
Goodness gracious, I think if we couldn't get past we'd stop for a while till he gets a fair distance away.
Ray: Better to get around it and leave it behind you, Brian...there will be several such encounters during the trip.
Profound thoughts on the mysteries of the market, Ray. smile
Ray: Thank you, Tom...as you can see, I have researched it thoroughly...


[grin]
Straws and camel's axles come to mind.
Ray: Indeed, Graeme...it is not unusual to see one of these trucks broken down by the roadside, with the driver crouched beside it while studying the broken spring and wondering if he can repair it with a small piece of borrowed fence wire...
It will soon be like this around my neck of the woods Ray
Ray: I hope it ill be done with a little more care, Scotia.

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