So much for telling you how cheaply we can live! Just spent $930 on tires!
Having said that, we knew that Sherman needed four new rear tires. We had replaced the two front ones when we were leaving Texas in April of 2009. But the rear ones were mixed brands, and two of them were a garbage “Mastercraft” brand, which are the same ones that we have had separated belt problems twice before. The plan was to get into the U.S. where I figured we would spend about 25% less on new tires.
But that was not to be.
We were on highway 401 about 30 kms (19 miles) outside of London, Ontario (pop 313,000) when we heard the left rear outside tire let go. The inner tire still held air, so we limped to the next exit, and took the backroads to the village of Dorchester where we borrowed the local library internet to figure out our options.
We ended up slowly making our way to a Goodyear truck centre on the outskirts of London, about 12 kms (8 miles) from Dorchester. They had the tires in stock, and could do the job right away. So we bit the bullet and got it done.
Anyhow, at least now we don’t have to worry about it.
So we’re at the White Oaks Mall in London where Ruth is making some last minute purchases of things that we would have a harder time getting south of here. Tonight, we hope to be boondocking at the Port Glasgow marina which is another 65 kms south west of here on the north shore of Lake Erie.
Then on Saturday, we cross into the U.S. at the city of Detroit.
Probably won’t have internet tonight, so if that's the case we'll update again Saturday morning.