One Crazy Christmas

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Withak, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    12 years ago, my wife and I were heading home late Christmas evening. It was dark and stormy. Not the kind of night you want to be out on the roads or in the weather. As we were driving up the freeway, an object appeared in the road, by the time I saw it and realized what it was, it was too late to avoid it. We hit the object with the front left tire, which immediately blew out. I fought the car to the median of the freeway where I got out and proceeded to change the tire under less than ideal conditions.

    Last night, as we were on our way to one of our family gatherings, we were driving the same freeway when once again, an object appeared out of the darkness, this time striking our rear left tire, blowing it out. This time, we were prepared with a cell phone and a AAA membership to get some assistance since changing a tire on the side of a very busy highway is just a bit more dangerous than I prefer. We got back on our way with only a minor delay. The damage to the tire was quite extensive as you can see below. Thankfully, the car stayed in control and we were on our way again to see our family. I guess it was naive of me to think that a Christmas tire blowout was a once in a lifetime event. Silly me :)

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  2. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    I suppose now that you'd been retired twice on Christmas day.

    -Wild Bill
     

  3. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Oh boy!

    All that´s missing is a little RUBBER?! Chuck Norris
    would have fixed that, shooting some molten rubber
    to the tyre, inflating it with the sheer power of his loungs!

    :)

    (Good to know you safe and free from harm!
    - what´s my signature again?- Be safe!!!)

    best wishes to Oregon!

    P.s.: Probably the "thingonhighwaymaker" needs some "help"? ;)
     
  4. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    It's funny, of all the freeways here, I would consider this one to be the cleanest. I may just need to rethink that. Some friends who lived in Germany for a while told of how spotless the Autobahn was kept to all the kinds of speeds some people drive that roadway. Perhaps we need to consider getting our roads that clean :)
     
  5. Ravensbull

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    Wow Withak, that looks like a shredder of a blowout..! Thankfully you guys remained safe and it didn't cause any serious accident! That's always such a scary thought with steer tires especially. I've worked 17 years in the HD fleet industry and have seen many photos and heard many horrible stories of head on collisions and rollovers. Your Angels were working double duty Bro, and again, thankfully so!
     
  6. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    It's really something. This was actually our 3rd blowout. Each time we were able to safely get to the shoulder. We are thankful for certain for safety.
     
  7. Ravensbull

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    I would guess by now then you must drive with a "white~knuckle" 9 o'clock/3 o'clock grip on the wheel. Maybe you have some Gremlins crawling around your rig or a hell of a streak of bad luck with road debris and tire brand!
     
  8. xXdoomXx

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    LOL :p
     
  9. beaverIII73

    beaverIII73 Junior Member

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    Glad that your all right. That could have been a lot worse, someone was looking out for you.
     
  10. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    White Hawk Down!

    I had a rear tyre blow out at 80mph a couple of months ago, very twitchy moment! I wouldn't want it happening in a 4x4 SUV style vehicle. You did well getting it slowed down safely, Good job!
     
  11. Will

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    I'm glad that you guys are ok!! That's a really dangerous thing to have happen, especially twice now!!
    I'm becoming 'tired' just thinking about all that unbolting and whatnot!
    Don't 'tread' on me?
    Ok, ok....I'll stop!
     
  12. Schultz

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    I´am also glad that your Car stay in Control, and that you and your Wife are ok!
     
  13. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Crazy Car-Hitchhiking-Adventure

    Thinking about Withak´s heartbeat after that tire blew up, I was reminded
    of a really interesting, even funny story I experienced in this years may:

    We had a family gathering /family reunion? in the coolest german youth
    hostel, in "Bacharach" at the river Rhine, in a real knight's castle, which
    is named "Burg Stahleck", founded in the 12th! century:

    www.jugendherberge.de/Jugendherbergen/Bacharach390/Portraet

    My wife and the kids had been in south germany at the lake of constance
    where I spent my youth before and came to Bacharach from the south,
    so I decided to hitchhike to Bacharach, not willing to have to drive home
    after the stay in two cars.

    So the adventure started: a little backpack, closing the door and
    then starting to walk around 2 miles to the Autobahn..
    It was around 5:00p.m, a little late..

    And it started bad: almost 45min. standing there, 10 cars passing by..
    Then an old man picked me up. He went to take a route which was
    not the exact right direction, so I asked him to drop me off where
    two Autobahns cross (which is illegal..).

    More traffic, but cars passing by with at least 75mph..
    "Are you a stupid idiot?- WHAT DO YOU DO HERE?"!
    That was what I was thinking at that moment..
    Then a crazy iranian man illegally stopped to pick me up..

    Remarkable was what the conversations were all about:
    I was reminded of the time 20 years before (when I
    hitchhiked the last time before may 2013..) Open minded,
    testing destiny if someone would care about me, but
    something had changed: Everybody said that "this people
    don´t do these days", "don´t you fear? ´what at all?´",
    In fact that thinking is an echo of 9/11.........

    I was "on the road again", once you manage to get to a gas station
    on the Autobahn, it´s easy to directly talk to people and
    kindly ask them if they would take you with them for a
    distance..

    So for the last 35 miles:
    A 20 year old Nissan, a dad and three youngsters in it.. "full".
    I saw them at that gas station, saw they were "full".
    After asking an obese, unattractive woman:
    "I never take hitchhikers with me, as a PRINCIPLE" Haha!
    Only a blind, drunk viagra-addict might have thought of
    "doing something" to her.. That on my mind, i had forgotten
    about the "full" Nissan.
    But the dad and a boy were standing at the open trunk,
    chewing a "Butterbrot" (two of the boys went to the
    restroom). One car, two people.. So I asked, if they would
    pick me up. They said "sure", and it turned out their destination
    was just where my family would pick me up..

    Then the two from the restroom returned, and I
    recognized the "full" car (I normally wouldn´t have tried
    to ask). The dad sent his youngsters to sit in the back
    of the car, I was allowed to sit in the front.
    NOW the car was full!
    He started the car, mentioned it was almost 20 years old
    and in pretty good shape and that he received it as a present,
    for the owner no longer needed it.. He was proud of that
    old, good quality!..

    We talked about cars, and after around 10 minutes IT happened:
    (This is how Withak comes into play ;) )

    A loud, kind of a bang happened, sounded like the muffler had
    fallen off..

    But the car stayed "silent" as it was, except for a nasty,
    grinding noise at the right front wheel.. we agreed it was
    not the exhaust pipe, and the next exit was only half a mile
    away.
    We approached that exit, still talking about cars.
    Then we just PASSED that exit, he acted like all was
    normal, kept up the conversation.

    I thought WOW, that guy´s cool! -He doesn´t
    give a damn! (obviously he decided it was no severe
    damage, it was too dark to fix anything, and better to
    not lose too much time..)

    Then, all of a sudden, another bang, something fell off the car
    and the car bumped, directly drove over that fallen off thing..
    The car was shaking a bit, and the noise was gone!

    And he said. "Now everything is all right again"

    - "Jetzt isses ja wieder gut"

    I bursted out laughing!- And I will never forget this cool dude!

    The stay at Burg Stahleck was awesome!




    Hope you like the story,

    Be safe! :)
     
  14. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    That's hillarious Be - especially the part about the woman driver - I had to force myself not to laugh out loud and wake up my wife and daughter. As someone who has never hitchhiked once in my life, I find that to be a very odd mode of transportation. It may be a bit different in Europe than in the US. I know folks from Europe or who has traveled in Europe that seem not to give it a second thought. And while I've picked up a couple here in my life, I find it to be a way of travel I would tend to avoid. My friend from Munich who visits here every 3-4 years has done plenty of hitchhiking here and abroad. So far, no problems, but lots of interesting stories :) One question, did you ever learn what it was that fell off that car? Perhaps it was the body of the previous hitchhiker they had stuffed under the car - it broke loose at the Autobahn speeds. Yes, that must be what it was ;)
     
  15. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Whitehawk Down! Man, I'm loving that 'mistake' of a name. Now I wish I had titled my thread that way Scooby! I'm glad your incident turned out okay as well. 80mph is really fast to have a blowout. We were doing about 65mph when ours happened.

    Thankfully this SUV sits fairly low with it's center of gravity. I know some other SUV's that would really scare me to loose a tire like that. This one, however, remained in decent control. And, one benefit of this car is that it carries a full sized spare, much safer for highway travel.
     
  16. VWscooby

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    Yup, it did get the car moving a bit! A mis-spent youth helped me a lot. Im law-abiding in most things but my driving history is...erm.....chequered! ;)

    This is what the tyre looked like after the recovery truck turned up (No spare)

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  17. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Wow, at 80mph, you were quite fortunate. That's quite the damage. Did you hit something? Or was it just a tire failure?
     
  18. VWscooby

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    Well, that picture is of the inner wall of the tyre. The car was on lowered suspension so that side got chewed pretty badly. On the outer wall was a bulge with a 1cm hole in it so that was probably the culprit. Just pinched it bumping up a kurb or hitting a pothole an weakened it I guess.

    It was on the hottest day in the UK for about 50 years so it could just have been a pure failure, never know I guess. I was over 300 miles from home on a job and wondering how to stay alert for the drive, well, that woke me up I can tell you!
     
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