Saturday November 24
A Sobering Experience
I had not intended on another post, but felt it important to let everyone know that, contrary to what the Vatican might tell you, St. Christopher (patron Saint of travellers), is alive and well.
We left the Holiday Inn in Roseburg at 6:45, and headed for the I-5. We had begun to notice distinct vibration starting at about 110 km/hr, whcih got worse as we went along. The steering was getting a bit iffy as well, so we decided to stop at a Jiffy Lube to get an oil change and have the tire pressures checked. It didn’t improve things, and a few km later, we heard a bang underneath, as if we had run over something, and a few minutes later, the Low Tire Pressure alert came on. The culprit was the right rear tire, which indeed seemed to be losing air. We did a search on the Garmin for a Les Schwab tire store, and found one 12 miles away in Lebanon, Oregon. We limped in and after they took Priscilla in and pulled the wheels off, the service guy came and told me to come and see what they had found:
This was on the inside of the tire, and was the result of a bubble underneath the tread, which eventuall let go, which was the sound we had heard on the highway. He then showed me the other rear tire, which was full of similar bubbles ready to pop as well. He told me that we had been very lucky to make it. We’re not sure what caused this, but is probably a bad set of tires from the factory. We will follow this up when we get back. Anyway, a new set of tires (I didn’t trust the remaining two tires) and $1000.00 poorer, we were back on the road, well behind schedule. After passing through a torrential rainstorm in Seattle and a 15-minute wait at the border, we finally arrived at Lisa’s at about 7:15.