The grief word of the day however was 'FLATS'. It was unbelievable how many riders had flats due to the debris along I40. Most flats came as a result of the really fine wires that come apart from blown radial tires. One of our rides had 5, another few had 3 or 4. Yours truly is having a technical discussion with the other riders as to the definition of a flat. I have been lucky so far this tour with 'zero' flats, mostly due to luck but I also attribute my Armadillo tires and Mr Tuffy tire liners. Go ahead and laugh, but I think the Mr Tuffy tire liners have prevented those pesky wires from reaching my inner tubes. Anyway, I stopped to assist another rider with a flat about 10 miles from the finish line today. After helping him get ready to roll again I notice my rear tire seem soft but not flat. We inspected for wires and having found none, we pumped it up to about 100 psi and heading for the hotel. I made it to the hotel with a very very soft rear tire but I'm holding to my claim that this did not qualify as a flat just a slow leak. My record of zero flats is still in tact!!
I replaced the inner tube, that did have a really tiny hole, before dinner so I'm ready to go tomorrow.
Another 90 miler tomorrow in the heat and along I40 so I'll say goodnight for now.
|Lots of historic landmarks along Route 66|
|The song lyrics sung by Eagles made this corner famous|
|Heading out of Winslow|
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Day 10: Flagstaff to Holbrook by xctom2012 at Garmin Connect - Details