There are so many of them that phrases like "Six Thousand Corrugations to Go..." apparently sell on Cape York souvenirs.
Corrugated roads are not only annoying but also damaging to your vehicle.
On some of my trips, on my way back down I have done the Old Telegraph Track again instead of putting up with them on the Bypass Roads. It's a lot more fun anyway :-)
I have had a badly corrugated road on my way up, and perfectly good road on my way down because the graders have been through.
It also depends on the amount of traffic, particularly big trucks tend to make them worse; and of course, as with any roads, rain never helps.
Apart from that, the most corrugated roads in Cape York are the Peninsula Developmental Road, Telegraph Road (not to confuse with the Old Telegraph Track), and Bypass Roads.
There are smaller stretches elsewhere, but those roads get worst for longer distances.
And it's not funny because the Peninsula Developmental Road is the main road up - impossible to avoid.
You simply have to do it, so..
When you drive on corrugations you quickly notice that they are worse when you go slower.
So one trick is to go quicker and "fly on the tops of them".
This can be dangerous though, as it makes it harder to keep traction, and you may lose control of your vehicle.
You have to find the right speed, which can be a fine line between feeling less of the bumps and still being able to control your vehicle.
Another trick that helps you to feel the bumps less is to let your tyre pressures down. It makes the drive far more comfortable.
The downside of letting the tyres down is that you get a puncture easier should you run over something sharp, so watch out for rocks etc.
Something that helps you to keep traction is engaging your four wheel drive.
It is generally not needed on those roads (we have done most of the Old Telegraph Track without engaging 4WD just for the fun of it!), but if you want to go quick on corrugations and be as safe as possible it does help as four wheels are working instead of two.
The downside is that four wheel driving uses a bit more fuel.
... you may ask after you found your beer cans broken in the fridge, any screw-top jars and bottles opened, and in fact anything in the car that was hold together by screws being gradually detached...
I don't remember where I read it but someone said you can put your washing into a well sealed bucket with washing powder and water, and it works as a perfect washing machine!
Makes perfect sense too although I haven't tried yet.
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