Thanks for helping us find this travelling hero Dalby
WHEN the Robinsons emailed the Dalby Herald about trying to find the Dalby man who became their hero on a bushwalking track in NSW in February, they were sceptical about how quickly, if at all, they'd be able to find the mysterious Brad Smith.
Thanks to proud friends and family of the young Dalby man, less than an hour after the story 'Do you know Brad?' appeared on Facebook his family had been tracked down and put him in contact with the grateful couple.
When called to receive the news, Janet Robinson said she and husband Alan were excited and thrilled.
"Maybe he'll be able to come see us in Sydney,” she said, offering a place to stay if Mr Smith's travels brought him to the city.
Mr Smith met Mr and Mrs Robinson last month on a walking track connected to the glow worm tunnel near Lithgow, NSW, where Mr Robinson had fallen and was in need of assistance to get back to the couple's car.
Although Mr Smith is travelling and does not have great phone reception, he has been in touch with Mr and Mrs Robinson again.
The couple went to see the glow worm tunnel after reading brochures that described it as an easy trip.
Instead they found the journey to be much longer and harder than they had expected.
During their return journey, Mr Robinson stumbled and fell, fracturing his nose and an eye socket and cutting his elbow and knee.
Mrs Robinson said her husband was dazed after his fall and could not get up.
"I was not strong enough to help him,” she said.
"It was late afternoon in the bush in the middle of nowhere with no phone reception.”
That was when Mr Smith found the stranded couple.
"He was able to get Alan on his feet and then offered to help him all the way back to the car,” Mrs Robinson said.
During the hike back to their cars, Mr Smith asked Mrs Robinson if he could put his torch in her bag to free up his hands. Later that evening, Mrs Robinson was shocked to discover she still had the torch with the name "Brad Smith” engraved in it.
Armed with this knowledge and the facts they knew about Mr Smith - he was a plumber from Dalby - they reached out to try find their hero.
Brad told the Dalby Herald he would definitely go visit the Robinsons.
"I wonder if Mrs Robinson is good at making trifle?” he said.
"But yeah I would, even if my torch wasn't there.
"They are lovely folk.”
Still travelling, Mr Smith was on the west coast of Tasmania when this article was written.
"I'm travelling to figure out the point of it all,” he said.
"As of yet I'm no closer.”