7/11/12, Avon, MT - Definitely a day of downs and ups, but in the end a really great day.
After breaking camp, I set my sights on a roadside artesian spring, a mile and a half down the road. Everything was going great until I got about 200 yards from the spring, then I heard a ‘thump, thump, thump’. Looking back, I saw that one of the wheels was about to fall off the trailer. It looked like I lost a couple of lug nuts and the remaining three were about to come off. On closer examination, the lug holes were worn out and the rim was no good.
Not to worry, I had a spare tire. After tying the horses to some small trees, I jacked up the trailer and swapped tires. Things looked pretty good, so I pulled ahead to the spring and filled up the water jugs. One thing I forgot - back in Pinedale, WY, I had swapped out a slowly leaking tire for the spare. I thought I had the slow leak fixed, but I guess I hadn’t. A 1/4 mile down the road - ‘thump, thump, thump’.
The tire was completely deflated so I had to use my last can of fix-a-flat to get it to seal with the rim, so my ‘el cheapo’ 12 volt compressor could complete inflating the tire. Instead of a hole, the tire has a small slash in it. It took my last three tire plugs to plug it. After remounting the tire, I thought everything was great. It lasted two miles before it went flat again.
Not to despair, shortly after I finished shaking my head, Ron showed up and offered to mount my good tire on my good rim. By the time lunch was over, I was back in business.
I stopped at the general store in Elliston for some supplies. Everybody I met was fantastic. The owners even threw in a free pound of ground elk meat.
Right next door, was the local bar and grill. Some patrons bought me a burger and a beer for lunch. Real nice people!