Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, as you know from last week’s newsletter, we are in the midst of a 10 day road trip. We had done 2300 miles in our first 5 days of travel up through Nevada, California, Oregon and into Montana. On day 6 we started our trek across LoLo Pass and made it about 90 miles into the middle of nowhere in the forest when I had a blowout on the back tire of my bike. Fortunately I was only doing about 25 mph at the time when it blew, but it was still one heck of a scary ride getting it stopped. When you tire blows it starts acting like you are on the back of a bucking bronco throwing you abruptly from side to side. And the slower it gets , the worse it is. But thank God I was able to keep it up. What was going through my mind was how bad is this going to wreck the bike when it goes down. But fortunately we didn’t have to find out.
Mrs. C. and I had to ride 2 up 30 miles back to a lodge to make a phone call to a tow truck, then 30 miles back to the bike again, then had to ride 90 miles back to Missoula. The tow truck came from Missoula 90 miles, then 90 miles back to Grizzly HD so that I could get a tire put on today. We stayed at a Wyndham Hotel right across the parking lot from the dealership which made it really handy.
I am now sitting on a picnic table at the dealership writing this letter. We will hopefully be on the road by about 1:30pm local time and get the LoLo Pass completed today on our way to Lewiston, ID and on into Washington and on to Bend where we will leave the bikes and fly home Sunday to relieve my Sister who has been putting up with the heat while staying at our house. I might have lost my house sitter after this one. . .
Even with the inconvenience of a blowout in a remote area, a $300 tow bill and a day of riding lost, but it is all good and has been a fantastic trip. Sometimes things happen for a reason. You just deal with it and enjoy the time that you have to ride. I am really excited to share with all of you the photos and routes when we get back. Check the Cyclerides.com Facebook for pics that we have posted from the trip.
Blessings and Safe Riding to All, (and double check your tires)
Barry and Mrs. C.