On Tuesday, which would have been my first in town since Saturday, I went down Hermon Hill it's long and quite a grade. At the bottom there's an area about 7 feet across where a culvert sunk in and created a frost heave. At the end of the heave and toward the middle of the road was a pot hole the size of a bushel basket. As my car launched over the frost heave (I was going too fast) my right front tire landed in the "basket". The tire blew out the sidewall - and the fun began.
I called AAA who said help would be sent, they called right back to let me know someone would be there in forty minutes, FORTY MINUTES!. I guess given the time of day, 3:45AM, and location, in Hermon but could see the city limit sign, that may have been reasonable. So, I waited, flashers blinking in the darkness, with the engine running to save the battery (possibly) and for the heat.
I called Miles my 4:00AM rider and he said he would find other means of getting to work. Miles is a friend who walks to work 3 miles and in cold weather I was helping out, we walk together when the ice is off the sidewalks.
The help arrived as scheduled, the spare do-nut was in place and I was off to coffee with the guys and made that on time. I ran a couple of errands and went to Sullivan Tire in Brewer to have a chat with Peter who manages that garage. I've been a customer of Sullivan for about 12 years and they know me and my habits. The tire needed to be replace, that's obvious, but the other three had about 1/32 of an inch left to use under Maine Law, and I have an inspection due next month, so what the hell replace all four.
Now, these are those "lovely" little low-sidewall high-performance tires. I don't like them anyway but on the model it's required. I bought 3 and got the 4th on free, I had a $30. coupon Sullivan gave me for my birthday - so 4 tires, with new modules for indicating low-pressure etc. and an oil change with synthetic oil the bill came to $594.00! Oh, I get a Forty dollar rebate. I love pot holes so much so that today I'm taking Hollie to Augusta!