Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is what happens when you clip a cinder block on the beltway at 60 miles an hour.
background: 11:15pm, on my way up to 295 to drive past the apartments I'm interested in living at to see the grounds at night, I start seeing piles of rubble here and there in the lanes next to mine. I start trying to figure out where the block is when it looms up into my headlights as I scan back into my lane.
Directly over it with the front wheel, clipped with the back.
I drove almost 5 miles on the tire before it got noisy and blew up. Then I got to change it on the side of 295 with cars zinging past at 70 miles an hour in the dark.
Damage report? None, really - the tire was a total loss (duh), but the only damage to the rim was a scrape on a non-bead surface. I'm guessing the moment it hit the block, the block disintegrated.