Feelin’ a Little Flat

So, Saturday night we saw signs for a fireworks celebration. We headed all over, but overshot a couple signs and wound up smack dab in the middle of nowhere, then drove up to the highway before heading home. We got home and prepared to head out, to discover our tire had gone flat. Quick change to the spare, and we headed out to the fireworks, at a small, now defunct school that turned out to be 2-3 miles away as the crow flies. But we’re not crows, so we had to go the long way around.

The next morning, we got the  news the tire was not fixable, but since we had the road hazard warranty, all was good. well, sort of. $35 instead of $90 good.

On Monday, we went out and about to the usual. We’ve been working the river for cans over the holiday weekend pretty hard, but the recyclers decided to make a 4 day weekend of it, so we have a significant backlog. We headed in Monday afternoon, and I heard an odd squeaking sound. The guy at the tire shop had suggested we had picked up a flint rock, so a part of me was dreading another flat. I got out, and sure enough, the front tire on the driver’s side (the first flat was driver rear). Since this was bought used, no road hazard on it. And, as you can see from the picture, it is pretty clearly unfixable:
flatttire

So, new tire it is, which offset the money I will be making this week, and then some. But the good news is, 2 of the 4 tires are renewed.

We need to get Hope on the road though. After Santa Fe that will be our number one concern. There is a very good chance we may have to sell our car to do it. Not our preference, as it will mean riding our bikes almost exclusively within the towns where we stay, but then we aren’t making any money standing still.

SO it is again time for the obligatory plug for the Justice Hoping Machine Project. I know there are a lot of great projects out and about in the crowdfunding world, but would love for you to consider ours. October 16 is coming up, and we plan to be in DC for World Hunger Day. Your support can help make this happen!

Here’s hoping you all have a safe and happy 4th of July. We are off to see more fireworks!

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