Independence Day 2010
On the day that we celelbrate our freedom and independence from British control, we happened to be in eastern Utah and made a dash for the wasatch front (aka Provo-SLC-Ogden). About 5 miles east of Duchesne we had a blow out. IT was a back tire so no loss of control but the tire was toast, literally smoking. We pulled over and tried to find the spare. I pulled all our stuff out of the back and looked under the car. Finally we pulled out the manual and started searching. We drive a 2005 Toyota Sienna and the spare tire is under the passenger middle seat. I tried in vain for about 7 or 8 minutes to find the nut to turn allow the spare to drop. Just before that point a kind fellow by the name of James pulled over and offered help. He was kind and had good suggestions. I am grateful he helped us. with the spare in hand we swapped the blown tire for a donut tire with a lightning top speed of 40 MPH. Nothing was open in Duchesne but I checked the tire pressure, something I had done in Roosevelt that morning. Being the 4th of July and a Sunday, I dont think anything was open. So we drove on, pulling over often, really often, to allow others to pass us. We made it just over 100 miles and we made it safe.
This evening we did fire works in the street and had a blasst with family. The kids liked staying up late.
Addendum- The next day I drove a couple miles to the nearest Discount Tire, the chain through whom I had gotten the tires. The tire had a warranty and minus the used tread (about 18 monhts worth of driving) was replaced for less than $23.00 including disposal, taxes and other such fees. They were great and got me in and out in about 15 minutes. Thank you yet again Discount Tire, you have my business.