December 22nd, 2004


I got nailed!

Yep, a nail in my rear tire.

It held air, though, but I couldn't keep it in there like that. So out it came with a pshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Then tried to add Slime Tire Sealant (please say that with an Australian accent; it's the law). Now I have a green wheel well. So I tried a bottle of stuff for bicycle tires and that seemed to slow the leak down quite a bit. It would stop leaking at about 19 PSI -- the tire should be at 35. Whenever I tried to add more air, more of the Slime would come a-bubblin' out.

Well, I guess I tried refilling it too many times, 'cause now the tire feels like it's well and truly flat. I'll have to pump it up and quickly dash into town (four miles down a mountain road) and try another bottle of sealant. Hopefully it'll hold enough for me to be able to take the motorcycle to a shop and get the tire replaced (it was a fairly new tire too). I got a Christmas bonus for the first time in my life, but it looks like it's all going toward a new tire now. Ah well.

In sim-racing news, tonight I'll be competing in the longest sim race of my life. A decade ago, sure, I ran the offline Indianapolis 500 simulation to full distance a few times, but tonight the CRO league and invited guests are running the NR2003 NASCAR Truck Series for 500 miles at Daytona. That's 300 miles longer than the real trucks run! This could take five or six hours! I hope just to finish the event. I have no superspeedway experience. I have competed in two truck races, for I joined the new CRO Super Trucks hardcore league which runs on Monday evenings. In my first race, I was 9th at Mesa Marin Raceway after getting spun out midrace. Last week, at California Speedway, I finished only 0.59 of a second behind the winner, but was in 5th place! What an intense race that was.

Wish me luck!