News Flash: The (now discontinued) WTB InterWolf is not getto tubeless compatible long-term. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble... but its bubble burst about 97 miles into the ride. Upon further inspection post-ride, the casing proved to be in fine shape. It turns out the rubber inner layer must have simply given up the ghost, leading to the tread blowout on the nearly worn out tire. It was pretty crazy.
Bonsall kicked the morning off right with our first flat of the day, at 27th and Superior, before the clock even read 5am. It was a theme that carried us through the day. Before the day was out, Daniel and I had both booted tires and MW had broken a titanium saddle rail. The Ponca 155 dished some parts attrition this year, but we all made it. Four even attempted to ride home. Not sure if they made it or not, since I wasn't one of them (went to see my Grandma and Grandpa on the eve of his 89th birthday -- Happy Birthday Grandpa -- I don't think he reads my blog...).
Anyway, enjoy the pics... I'll try to get more of a story posted soon. Must sleep now.
If you look closely, you can see the latex around the spot on my rear tire where the tread blew off the casing. Surprisingly, the casing itself was still fully intact and the tire stayed together just fine for the duration of our 155 mile journey.
So ya' think there aren't any hills in Nebraska, do ya'? We've got a couple of roads we'd like to show ya'...
I hope everybody had a super weekend. It certainly was a great one for everyone who went on the Ponca 155, and for the four who made it into the Lincoln-Ponca-Lincoln 310 (super hardcore!). Thanks a million to my beautiful wife Laura, and to James Dolton, who provided the critical logistical campsite/driver support we needed to make the trip possible.
Have a great week!
Have a great week!