Porta potty challenge

Here’s my entry for the Porta potty challenge. This one I discovered in the Barrossa Valley, South Australia a few years ago on a cycle and it would be used by the farm workers out in the fields. Imagine if they unwittingly hooked it up and drove off whilst someone was inside with their pants down.  Ha Ha. I bet no other porta potty has a number plate.

As a follower of the Church of the Great Outdoors it is written in the holy book of Gregory Ch1 v1 ‘That there is no more wonderous feeling than an outdoor pee with a beautiful vista or a million shining stars’ and a porta potty experience is the exact opposite and is close to hell for me. These cont(c)raptions are a necessary evil though.

Who can forget queueing up for an ablution in one of these at a rock concert, every one bursting to go and you’re going to be sharing bottom sweat and smells with the people in front ,some of them take forever and prey that no one had a hot vindaloo last night. The people behind you are the worst though, coz they’ll be straight in after you before the fragrance has cleared, but you cant keep them waiting too long. Once inside you feel like an astronaut in a capsule, claustrophobic and running out of oxygen. An experience I’d cycle miles to avoid.


You might not believe this but there is an Australian movie about a guy who runs a porta potty business and he visits the USA to check out your toilet technology. Good luck with the accent combined with a speech impedement. See below


I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

10 response to "Porta potty challenge"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 20, 2019

    Who can forget queueing up for an ablution in one of these at a rock concert

    Many, many, many years ago at an outdoor rock festival at the Rockingham Speedway, I really, really, really needed to relieve my bladder, but I was a bit too, umm, impaired to find the restroom, so I eventually had no choice but to drain the dragon (learnt that in Oz; hope I got it right) against a convenient cinder block wall. Someone then alerted me that the wall happened to be the back side of the restroom, and maybe I should have just walked around to the front door. Oops.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 20, 2019

    I’ve never heard of ‘drain the dragon’, must be east coast talk, around here it’s ‘syphon the python’. Is that Rockingham in West Aust?, just went sailing there yesterday, didn’t know you’d been around here. Enjoying your cycling around Arizona, that’s the place I’m going if I get back to the US.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 21, 2019

      Yep, “drain the dragon” was first heard by me in Melbourne in ’84, but Rockingham was in North Carolina in the USA.

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 21, 2019

        Probably lots of Rockingham’s all over the world, named by first settlers after their home town in England. It’s local nickname is ‘swingingpig’

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: April 21, 2019

    Oh, yeah, I’d forgot about “Kenny”. The star is in a lot of pretty average comedies – one recent one had some scenes shot here in Albury… and that movie was pretty terrible, apparently.

    I had never seen the portable restrooms that are semi-trailers until I came here. I thought it was clever. Just hook the toilets up to a prime mover and away you go. Nigel said the men’s one was on a slight angle so the piss all went downhill in the trough. The ladies had individual stalls. This was at a V8 Supercar race at Winton in Victoria. Never thought I’d use a toilet in a semi-trailer, but life is full of stuff you never thought you’d do 🙂

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 21, 2019

      Yeah, Shanes comedies aren’t hilarious but they can make you smile a little, done on a low budget. The toilet bus sounds interesting, I can see why you’d want to make sure it was on level land or it could get messy in the worst of ways.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: April 21, 2019

    Some years back I went to the Easter Bike Races at Mt Panorama. These are no longer held partly due to the crowd behaviour! Anyway, a Hells Angel type went into a portaloo and his “mates” pushed it over – door downwards. We backed off a bit waiting to see what would happen next. He kicked his way out the roof and crawled out, very smelly and very unhappy. Looking like he would take it out on anyone in the neighbourhood we were relived to see him spot his mates and take off in pursuit. Poor old Kenny would be there trying to repair the damage!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 21, 2019

      Great story Tony, I reckon his mates laughed about that story for many years. Wouldn’t be a pleasant experience being in one of those on its side. Congratulations on getting to Adelaide.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: April 21, 2019

    I have GOT to see that movie.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 21, 2019

      It’s pretty low budget and not hilariously funny but you feel sorry for Kenny the Battler and what he endures, I think there’s a happy ending.

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