|We woke to a foggy morning but were anxious to get on the road, so we broke camp and left anyway. It didn't take long before the sun peeked through as we made our way south on I-95, destination Louisa State Park in Clermont, Florida. The drive was quite lovely and we continue to be amazed at how lovely many of the interstates in this part of the country are. Being from the desert, we are not accustomed to pretty flowers, grass & tree lined highways.
Shortly after merging onto I-4, the motorist beside us got our attention with waving arms to let us know that there was 'something wrapped around our axle'. We pulled over, as best we could on this fast moving interstate, and I got out to inspect. I was surprised to see that the entire tread from our left, rear tire was wrapped around the axle and dragging in two large strips. The tire was still inflated but had no rubber on the ground, which explains why our Pressure Pro tire monitoring system remained quiet. There was no loss of air pressure to announce. We called Good Sam & arranged for roadside assistance and help arrived in less than 30 minutes. We were quite concerned for the safety of this young man as he changed our tire, as we were not a 'safe' distance from the fast moving traffic in our opinion. The steep slope on the side of the road prevented us from moving the rig over any further though so he changed it there. Larry stood at the back of the 5'er & tried to wave folks over & we did have flashing lights as well, but it was amazing how many ignored both & came very close to running our helper down. It took him quite a bit longer than expected because he really fought with the wrapped axle issue. There was a small circular blade that ran on his air gun & even with that it was quite an ordeal to get the rubber removed. He had a few choice words about that part of the job, lol! We were very happy when he finished successfully and were able to get back on the road.
We arrived as it was getting dark so it took Larry a bit longer to finish up with the outside chores. I guess I overdid it a bit inside pulling & tugging on things because the next thing I knew I was doubled over in pain. A result of my tumble down the stairs a few days earlier I guess. At least that's where the pain was. After an hour with no relief we finally decided we better go to the Emergency Room. Four and 1/2 hours, 5 x-rays, a shot of morphine, a pill and two prescriptions later we arrived home ready to hit the sack! Man, what a day. Still not sure what caused the severe pain, the x-rays showed no cracked rib, the guess is severe muscle spasms. All I know is that it still hurts to cough, laugh or breathe deeply & it feels as though it may happen again when I move in a certain way. But I'm still pretty sore in all of the spots I landed on when I bounced down the stairs so I believe this is related to that incident. Could be worse so I'm thankful it is what it is. Lol, did that last sentence make sense to you???
Thursday we had a bit of rain in the morning so we decided to put off our visit to the Holyland Experience for a day. Larry spent the morning chasing down tires & finally settled on Mike's Fleet Service to do business with. We were planning to replace our tires in Vegas this winter but since we lost the tire yesterday, and all four were purchased at the same time, we decided to replace them all now. We were a bit shocked at the price increase since 2009 but understand tires have really gone up in the past year. By the way, we suffered damage to our brake line, the underside of our rig, a bent bar & a fairly large hole in our slide from this tire malfunction. We've contacted the Goodyear Claims department and they have instructed us to get a repair estimate so it sounds as though they are going to replace the defective tire and pay to repair or rig. I'll let you know the result of that, but so far we are very impressed with their concern and care over our damages. We're impressed!