Australia - 2005-06-09 - 4 - The Kimberly - Blown Tire
The Kimberly is tough on vehicles, especially tires. While going down
the gravel road at about 100 kph we blew a tire. Luckily it did not blow
out bad & I was able to slow down safely. After examining it a little
I determined we could push on for a while on this tire until we got to
a point were we could pull of the road & get to a better place to stop.
I think we drove about 12k on the blown tire until finding a way side.
There happened to be another car there. They were a really nice Swiss
couple who had some really nice equipment. They gave me their great jack
(our did not have a lever so had to be lifted by using a screwdriver as
Adrian & I had found out, which takes forever & causes blisters). We had
the truck lifted, spare tire off the back, old tire off the axle & on
the back of the truck, new tire on the axle & bolted on in under 15 minutes.
I got so dirty doing all this & it was hot enough to make it tough. I
was smart in that I parked in the shade which helped a little & in a way
that the tire had to be lifted the least. Either way the nice equipment
from the Swiss couple helped out so much & Sayoko did really well getting
things around. It worked out great considering how big of a problem it
could have been. One thing that I was then really worried about was not
having another spare. I did know that if something happened I could have
put this one back on to limp to somewhere. When the tire had blown on
Adrian & I there was nothing left, it was totally worthless. After getting
this all done & thanking the Swiss people profusely we got on our way.