We were already packed up to slip away and head home right after the auction and so we did with a few quick good byes. It was time to hit the road for the roughly 750 mile trip home. Our goal, once again, was to get to Amarillo that night and make back to Denver early in the afternoon on Monday. That didn't quite work out as planned.
About 65 miles out of Amarillo we blew a tire, lost the whole tread. That required changing a tire, at night, on the side of 75 MPH highway. Fortunately we lost the right front tire so I was away from traffic, but its still a little nerve wracking. The Volvo C30 naturally features a small spare so I had to limp the car into Amarillo at 50 mph which took quite a while and made us a hazard on the highway to boot.
We arrived safely at the hotel, and then ran into more difficulty on Monday morning trying to get a new tire. It was Labor Day and everyone but Walmart and Firestone were closed. It took about four hours at the Firestone and we were finally back on the road, albeit with two new tires there were not the right size. It was the best that could be done and it got us home late Monday night. Yesterday we replaced all four tires. The Volvo only gets driven about 8 miles a day back and forth to work and the 45,000 mile tires only had about 20,000 miles on them. However, they were six years old and that's what made the difference on a dark night in TX!
|A very empty painting competition room.|
|Stuff for the auction!|
|James Wappel had his own space away from the other Artists, he needs some serious elbow room when wielding his airbrush.|
|All the remains are the sidewalls on a 215/45R18 tire, which apparently in TX no one uses.|