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5 October 2011 / leggypeggy

Bums on seats—but which seats?

My favourite seat—beside the library.

The back of the truck has 40 forward-facing seats—10 rows, four seats across, with an aisle down the middle that creates 20 sets of two seats. Given that there are only 23 passengers, almost everyone can claim two seats on any given day. A lot of couples sit together, so there really is plenty of space.

The prime seats are forward, where the bumpiness is not so pronounced. Row 1 has lots of legroom, but is very hot on a sunny day. Row 3 is just behind the ‘library’ and also has plenty of legroom. All other rows are about the same, but the windows are sliding, so if you like to take photos, it’s important to grab a seat in a row where the window opens beside you.

Supposedly no one owns any particular seat/row. At the end of each day, we are supposed to collect our gear and take it to our tents or put it in the overhead racks. The theory is that all seats should be empty at the start of the day and be claimed on a first-come-first-served basis. Gosh, it would be nice if it worked that way. I’ve sat in Row 9 at least 80, if not 90, per cent of the time so far.

Most nights there are at least 12 pairs of seats with gear left on them. A while back, Lu reminded everyone to clear their seats daily, so for a few nights there were only nine rows with stuff left on them. But there is no shortage of offenders—last night there were 17 sets of seats with belongings left on them, which is why I’m so annoyed today.

I’m often tempted to throw this stuff out the window or put it all in the back row, but I don’t want to be accused of being childish and spiteful.

But fair is fair, or ought to be! I’ll let you know if/when I spin out.

NEWS FLASH: I wrote to above quite a few weeks ago and the problem has continued—until tomorrow. This afternoon, there was a blow-up on the truck about people hogging the forward seats. Sarah was swift to say that everyone should do what was advised at the very beginning on the trip. Namely, take ALL your gear off the truck tonight (or stow it overhead), so that all seats are empty in the morning and first-come, first-served is in force. I’ll let you know how long it lasts, but I’m looking forward to having a decent seat tomorrow.

SECOND NEWS FLASH: It’s been better than it was. Not perfect, but I manage to get the library seat (which is my all-time favourite) at least twice a week.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Oct 6 2011 11:21 am

    A small amoutn of cooperation and following the rules goes such a long way. And as for your post the other day about running out of books, when you find a book place you might want to pick up some Alexander McCall-Smith. I’ve read the first No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and it’s now started on Sunday nights on the ABC. I’m sure you remember that Petra is a big fan and I’m quite keen to dip into The Philosopher’s Club series. The only thing is, I think they have to be read in chronological order which might be a bit tricky on the road.



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