Got to downtown Philadelphia just fine. As soon as I got away from Baltimore, the tolls started - $5, $3. One would assume that tolls mean either 1) better roads or 2) less crowded roads.
Today's short ride felt more like a dirt bike race through the woods - very bumpy! The roads are in poor condition with all kinds of jagged cracks, bulges, and assorted rough patches. Hazel did fine, but I fear she made need another spa day soon.
Have you ever been behind a semi truck when it blows a tire? You know how they have two sets of tires so that they don't crash when they lose a tire? Well that's a great safety feature but there is a downside too - having an extra tire means they can blow a tire and never slow down.
I was behind such a truck. As the tire started to break up, small and then large bits of steel-belted tire came flinging out. I immediately slowed down and moved over to the left lane (it was a two lane highway, the truck was in the right lane). Now I became the problem, a slower moving vehicle in the passing lane. As cars whizzed by me, I could see the irritation on the drivers' faces. Then they got closer to the truck and saw what was happening and slammed on their breaks.
Here's what amazed me - the trucker never slowed down and never pulled over. He passed a rest stop and an exit, but just kept going at 70+ MPH. And I bet that if one of the tire pieces caused any kind of damage or harm, he would not have been held responsible. I can understand that it is just bad luck when a vehicle hits something on the road and blows a tire. But this trucker was spewing tire bits for over 3 miles. He surely felt what was happening and could have slowed down and over.
That's my rant for the day. Luckily it all turned out fine for me and the other cars.