Tony Ricketts - Update

Two weeks after leaving Melbourne, Tony has now reached Hyden, a couple of hundred km from Perth.  He was slowed down somewhat when he got a flat tyre - and found that he had a jack on board but not a wheel brace! 
Fortunately an nearby farmer came to his rescue.  Being a country man, the farmer first tried re-inflating the tyre and found that it was holding quite well, well enough to get him into Hyden, where the puncture (metal through the tread) was fixed.
He should now be his way to Perth to meet up with Yurik.
There is a lesson in this, of course - never set out for anywhere without carrying at least a basic toolkit!