Les Schwab Tires is a pretty great company, they do free repairs… apparently, even if you didn’t buy your tires there. They’ve fixed a couple of flats for me but their techs keep looking at my tires and asking what the spoony heck I’m doing to them?!
Note the chunks of rubber missing. There’s also a weird scrub texture that’s visible when the tire is clean (when does this even happen aside from 30 seconds after exiting the car wash?)
You can see the wear indicator bars at right. Amazingly this tire has survived to almost its end of normal life.
A fresh new scrub mark. The camera decided to white balance on the very red dust.
So to answer the question of what I’m doing to them, enjoy this shitty moonscape.
This was always a rocky mess, but in places it got worse as the Carr fire passing over shattered some of the rock and made it even more jagged and fugly.
Here’s one of the worst burned areas on the approach to the summit. Whereas some green foliage is appearing in less damaged areas, this remains totally dead. It’ll be interesting to see what pops up again here in the fall when the first rains come down (and how much of this area suffers landslides).
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Hint: when the rains threaten, do not be there! We worked with those floods coming down the mountains in Mandeville canyon near LA. It isn’t just water.
Annie had all bruises in her lower legs after shoveling in mainly just ankle deep running water. Those sharp rocks that cut tires are racing in the flowing running muddy water. Does not hurt at the time because the water is numbing cold.
The mud flows can be sudden and fast like the fires.
Beautiful country but …