Grey nomad tyre record? 21 punctures in one day!

Published: October 12, 2015

Punctures can be an occupational hazard for track-loving grey nomads … but 21 in one day! Wezz’s tale of rubber-busting misfortune will take some beating.      

I think it was1989. The old Leigh Creek township was sold off as the coal mine expanded. The old wood houses were put on to low loaders and taken down to Adelaide. As they went down the road, they were like jelly and were throwing out nails left right and centre.

Travelling from Port Augusta up into the Flinders Ranges we got 21 punctures in one day!

We usually have two spares for our troopy and I always carry three inner tubes, as well as all the gear to mend punctures.

I did call into towns to get repairs done, but many were out of puncture repair equipment, so they fixed the tyres with my own repair stuff.

I soon got the time to fix a puncture down to about 10 to 15 minutes each, so I would go until we had three punctures then fix them all before going on.

The trip from Port Augusta to Copley takes about three-and-a-half to four hours, this day it took nine hours.  All the fun of the fair!

* How may punctures have you suffered in a single day? And how do you avoid them? Comment below

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