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16 September 2011 / leggypeggy

On breakages and boobs

Even the tyres suffer on the rough roads. Martin and Will tackle the flat.

You may recall my references to the bone-crushing, tooth-shattering roads we have been driving on.

About 90 per cent of the time, I sit in the second last row, right over the rear wheels. I spend a lot of time airborne (yes, I faithfully wear my seatbelt which is a lap-sash only) and I can’t count the number of times a colossal bump, or a series of bumps, has caused me to bite down hard—sometimes getting my tongue or the inside of my cheek to boot.

Unfortunately, my comment about tooth-shattering was way too accurate. I now have broken two teeth.

About a month ago, I realised a chunk of a lower wisdom tooth was missing. It’s disarming and disheartening to find a little piece of tooth wandering around in your mouth. At least it’s not painful. Then yesterday, another chunk gone; this time from a small molar behind a lower incisor. Again it’s not painful, but I know there’s little chance that either tooth will be repaired before I get to Canberra.

I’ve spent a lot of money on my teeth and I like to stick with my own dentist. As soon as I have an internet connection—which may be in several days (namely when you’re reading this)—I plan to email him and ask for an emergency appointment in December. Hope he gets a chuckle out of an emergency ‘planned’ so far in advance.

But the breakages persist. This morning I trod on my glasses while we were trying to get the tent down in a brisk wind. One arm is badly bent, but the whole is holding together for the moment. I hope I can get them fixed in Lhasa, Tibet.

That makes three breakages close together, so I hope that’s the end of such dramas.

As for the boobs, I rather suspect that by the end of the trip mine will be dangling down to my waist, looking like two stretched-out sport socks with a billiard ball dropped into each toe.

Don’t forget to pick a number.


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  1. Sy S. NYC / Sep 18 2011 3:12 pm


    You are lucky that your broken tooth/teeth was not more serious and needing to be pulled out and not being in a more modern country with good dentists. Further, I am surprised that the truck can hold up so well with all the rough roads you have traveled on… a flat tire is minor.

    Sy S.


  2. leggypeggy / Sep 18 2011 4:38 pm

    The truck is very well built. I’m often amazed by how well it survives the rough roads.


  3. Deepti Goswami / Aug 19 2013 10:28 pm

    ahhh peggy sad to read that u lost ur 2 teeth but happy that u didnot get pain.. here we spend 4000/- rupee just to take off one teeth so as far as i think ur way is good… ultimately teeth will off from mouth either u pay or not… 😀


    • leggypeggy / Aug 20 2013 8:11 am

      Fortunately I didn’t lose the teeth, just broke them. And the dentist was able to fix them both, so I was lucky.


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