Until this journey I had not experienced the joy of feeling a tire blow out and puncture flats, nor had I before glowed from the pride of safely riding the flat and wobble to the shoulder and not falling over.
I knew this trip would have so many “firsts” for me but having my first and second rear flats – I can say with confidence it will be okay if those are the only two times I have these experiences! Not only are they what must be causing the new gray hairs I have popping up but the price of flats over the wear and tear from riding is just not so appealing! (5 rear tire replacements in less than 5 months- I am okay without the flats for sure!)
I often will just get in a groove of the road and it causes a moment of panic…”was that a wobble?” Then I bounce out of the groove and take a deep breath.
Flats in both California and Texas, I cannot complain about them – truly as they both occurred in amazing locations. Close to my destinations and near to dealerships… considering some of the roads I travel for hundreds of miles between cities and rarely seeing other drivers…it could have occurred in not so great conditions. So if it has to occur I have been blessed in the locations and time / date they occur somebody is keeping an eye out and all I can say is, “thank you, and it would be okay to no longer have a flat!”