Originally Posted by peterh
Well, Lynne and I had an adventurous drive home.
The real fireworks went off as we hit the outskirts of Salem, where we had a blow out, the passenger side rear wheel of our pickup shredded. We came to a nice, controlled stop in the wide emergency lane just before Commercial Street in Salem. It took some time, but we got the spare on, then slowly drove up Commercial Street to find the first gas station where we could get some more air in our spare.
Robert and I also had an adventure after we left Bandon.
The moral of this story is to stop and investigate every abnormal sensation, even weird sounds of short duration.
EXTERIOR - OREGON HIGHWAY = MID DAY
A bright sunny day.
A silver Odyssey pulling an "antique white" with red stripes fiberglass trailer, rolling eastbound on highway 42 in vacant open countryside after leaving Drain, Oregon.
INTERIOR - ODYSSEY MINIVAN - DAY
(a loud high-pitch CHIRP is heard, source location is not discernible, but seems to come from inside the car)
What was THAT?!? Do we have a squirrel in here?
Fred looks all around, down at the instrument panel, and in the rear-view mirrors. Nothing seems to be amiss.
I don't know. I've never heard anything like THAT before.
After about 10 minutes the trailer begins an almost undetectable vibrating motion, not much more than a slight wiggle. Feeling this new sensation Fred looks in the rear view mirrors and this time sees a cloud
of dust behind the trailer with playing card size chunks of black rubber bouncing every which way.
I think we may have had a blow-out.
Signalling a right exit to the wide concrete shoulder of the highway, Fred eases the rig to an arrow-straight stop. He puts the transmission in "park" and activates the 4-way flashers, but leaves the engine running. He walks back along the driver's side of the rig and everything appears exactly as he last saw it while refueling at Reedsport. The back of the trailer looks fine too. As he rounds the back of the trailer he spots it; the right rear trailer wheel has about 2" of sidewall rubber stuck to it in a double row. The jagged rubber is on the pavement supporting the trailer. The white wheel shines untouched by either debris or concrete pavement in high contrast to the black and gray rubble that was once a tire.