So when Terry and I were talking about riding to Dallas together he bought a spare tire. I brought one along on my first tour, but later decided it was overkill. After all, you can start with new tires and patch one with a tire "boot" in an emergency. I figured I'd pick up a spare somewhere along the way.
Unfortunately I got about five flats between Benson AZ and Lordsburg NM, and in one of the changes I created a pinch between the tube and the rim. As soon as I rode away it blew with enough force to destroy the tire bead that grips the rim. That's something a tire boot can't fix. I played with it and it held for another fifty miles, but it finally fell apart six miles before Lordsburg. Since it was unfixable, I had to ride those last six miles on a flat, pulling in to the first hotel just as it was getting dark.
This little town barely has a grocery store much less a bike shop, so I ordered some new tires and tubes online and had them overnight-shipped here. Since I didn't place the order until late Friday however, I've had to spend all day Saturday hanging out at the hotel. I got a little work done, but otherwise I'm eager to get back to it. Hopefully they'll show up tomorrow morning and I'll be on my way to Las Cruces.
Posted: May 20, 2012, 2 a.m.