17 January 2007

A reminder of the risks of outback travel

Today's Australian reports the death of two prominent Aboriginal people in the WA outback. The photo on the front page of the print edition showing their broken down and abandoned vehicle adds to the poignancy of the story
. They were experienced bush travellers, yet they overlooked, as too many people confronted with such a situation do, some of the basic rules about outback travel, including not leaving your vehicle if it breaks down.

I offer my sympathy to the families of the deceased. I'll keep this story in mind next time I travel to remote areas and hope that I never have to make choices like they had to.

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