Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dodging Bullets on Hwy 60

We took off yesterday morning after a late start to make a ride on the Raider to Wickenburg.

*Wickenburg, Az.*
Passed a car along the way... thirty feet off the road and Sitting on a tree... interesting... plenty of folks standing around so I didn't pull up... straight for five miles 'fore you got there... and another couple after... I expect they were sleeping at the wheel... or playing with their cell phone :) ... OOPS... now... they're doing unexpected tree pruning...

We lived south of Wickenburg, down by Wittman, years and years ago... the first year we were married. Back then from Sun City to Wickenburg was open desert... now pretty much, the Open don't start till you're past Wittman. That's a whole lot of miles that have got filled in with people!

The road from Bouse up to Wickenburg is through a part of Arizona that can't be claimed to be among its' most prosperous areas ;) unless maybe you count the cotton farm through there... the couple hundred giant cotton "bales" standing in the fields is a whole lot of Dinero in a pile!

But... on an otherwise sunny day, in the warm... on two wheels in January... I'll take it.

Heidi managed to find a shirt and a fresh cap in a new lil' shop, Cowgirl Bling Bling, near the Desert Caballeros Museum...

*Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg*


When the sky started clouding up I thought maybe we should turn 'round and head for the barn so after grabbing a good, late lunch (Good Food and good price) at the Cowboy Cafe just up the street from the Museum, we climbed on the Bike and headed home...

Walking back to the bike we passed the Famed Jail Tree near the center of old Town Wickenburg...

*Wickenburg Arizona Jail Tree*
You never heard of the Wickenburg Jail Tree?

I guess those old time folks didn't want to spring for the expense of a jail...

... so they just bought some chain and locks...

If you misbehaved sufficient... you got locked to THIS tree! ;)

hmmmm.... and not a color television set to be seen!



Anyhoo... we hopped on the scooter and scooted for home, back through Wenden and Salome and Hope...

The joke there is.. just after you pass through Hope, Arizona, going either way... There's a small sign that let's you know; You are now Beyond Hope! :)

Got back to the rig just in time for our first By God Arizona Sunset of the season...


Good end of a nice day... almost...

While we stood outside the rig watching the Desert Light Show... I spotted something not near as pretty...

A $350 motorcycle tire... that WAS only about halfway through its' life...

arrrrrgggggghhhhhh!

NOT... a happy moment...

I thought I'd felt some odd vibration ;) Those white lines you see there? Those are the wires of the steel belt in the tire...

... kinda fun to know we were running two up at 75mph on that sucker for well over a hundred miles! :)

What'cha wanna bet she's gonna be looking at tires real close for a while 'fore she climbs on again?

Ah well... I suppose I coulda been a bus driver...

Life in the West
Brian

9 comments:

Cindy Kingma said...

Do you suppose it was the brand name of the tire that caused the 1/2 life? $350 is top, middle, or low end price for a motorcycle tire? I know nothing of those. Just curious how you choose a tire.

Brian said...

Ah... THAT... is the argument! :) $350 is costly/high end. Mostly 'cause they don't make that many of this big size 210mm and then there are a few bigger!... as opposed to the more common narrower tires... But then it gets into Brands; Metzler, Avon, Dunlop, and a whole slew of other brands... but only a few make This size... and this is is the Factory Stock tire... and I've always gotten twice and more what this one has gotten...

so... that said... Metzler is starting to build itself a poor reputation... I wonder why? But... the others have issues too...

Hell with it... I'm goin' for a walk!

Gaelyn said...

Now that's truly an AZ sunset! Nice ride. You were about 30 miles south of me.

Shadowmoss said...

If it's not one thing, it's another...

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Whew, blessings from the Motorcycle Gods for getting you two home safe on that tire. OUCH!

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Paul said...

Always a good habit to do a pre-ride inspection... lights, oil, air pressure, chain tension, make sure things that are supposed to be tight ain't loose and things that are supposed to be loose ain't tight. Now, I guess, you can add peek at the tire tread.

I prefer finding things like that before leaving rather than after getting home. Always give me the willies.

the_Wanderer said...

Last week I met an old biker (like myself) that had a blowout on the rear tire. He didn't lose it, and attributed it to no panic. Don't hit the brakes, just gently roll down off the throttle. He had plugged his tire with NO GLUE. Makes me a bit paranoid about my rear tire plug. Glad you are OK, Brian.

Anonymous said...

Yup wanderer... Panic and you're toast. Kinda works that way with a lot of life. I wouldn't worry too much about a plug, they usually just leak not blow ;)

Paul, I generally give it a lookover every time I get in or off. Is how I found this one... Trouble was it was likely up on top or something and not visible... And since there's 4000 miles plus, left on the REST of the tire I didn't look closer... Might be now! :)

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