Started out with a rear tire flat. Brand freaking new tire! Turns out the wrench monkey that put the tire on broke the little valve thingy inside the valve stem. Turvy was awesome and followed me over to Wal-Mart for a valve tool. I have everything else to fix a flat, except the one tool I need. Why does that always happen? I could carry every tool I have and still not have the one I need on the side of the road.
When I couldn't get the pin out because of the flanges being busted off, I realized the valve tool has a part for drilling it out by hand. So I pulled the pin and used the tool to drill it out, put a new pin thing in and filled it up. Then I thought I heard a hissing and after much close inspection by myself and Turvy we found a tiny hole in the tread. First string, no joy. Second string, success.
Turvy was kind enough to follow me for a while and after a repair check about 60 miles miles down the road, I thanked him and he headed on his way. Super nice guy.
Awesome people we have here!
Anyway... home safe, after a fantastic time with all of you knuckleheads.
Oh sure, flat tire or not you have arrived home. I am the sole remaining rider left at the motel. I will be flying out tomorrow morning WITHOUT my bike. So you all can keep this thread going and rub it in. (LOL)
Thanks to all for another great gathering! Great to see familiar faces and meet unmet riders. Special thanks to Derek and Rick for going the extra mile to help me out. AND sorry to the rest of the riders for delaying their riding with my bike's displaying of the oil it once possessed.
Got home a little while ago. Showered, unpacked and eating a home cooked meal.
Had a great time again this year and as usual, thanks to all those who made it possible
Marty...Glad you made it home ok. As far as your words...you are way too kind. I believe that just about anyone else in that group would have tried to help you out. I just happened at the right time and was going the same way. BTW...Really impressed with the problem solving skills in a Wal-Mart parking lot. I could use a crew of 0Face clones where I work.
Stopped in Whalen, MN for a slice of wild blueberry pie (Awesome!) on the way home. Always a pleasure to put faces to screen names and screen names to real names. Didn't always get all three at the same time, but I'll try again next year. Great job as always Rick!
Just got back from dinner and staying at Busts place tonight. Will attempt to cross the border tomorrow and then across Toronto. I have to stop at Ray's place to give him his shirt so depending on time I will either be home by early afternoon or I might have to wait out Toronto Rush Hour and get home much later.