I planned on going to the National Sidecar Rally in Coeur d'Alene, ID back when I was about 80 miles south in Pullman, WA, but life has taken me to Portland, OR in the meantime. Not gonna let that stop me! After inspecting the rig with my new lower mounts to prevent the slipping I was seeing and mangled J-bar after the Black Dog Rally, I took off down I-84. While the Scrambler doesn't have a lot of power to spare, it was keeping up with traffic and then some. After a stop at Connell, WA I was drinking a Powerade after gassing up and inspecting the rig. I looked at the pusher tire and saw a block was trying to separate. :huh I took a closer look and saw a few lugs had already parted ways with the tire! :eek1 I get on the horn with my buddy north of Spokane, WA and tell him to start looking for a tire for me. Driving down the road I could tell when lugs fells off because the tire started to sound different. It was almost every 20 minutes or so it would change pitch and I'd say "Yep, another one bites the dust!" I make it to my friend's place which is certainly adequate for a tire change: An example of a missing lug: When I took the tire off I noticed that half the tire was missing almost every lug. So the thing was out of balance to boot! Soon, Larry comes riding up on his Super Tenere: A tire change later on his garage floor, I realize it's too late to head to the rally and I got treated to dinner and a tour of my hosts' great new home. After dinner we watch the storms roll over Spokane and Post Falls. There was some very impressive lightning. Oh, did I mention there was a storm warning for a good chunk of north Idaho and eastern Washington? Flash floods, heavy rains and lightning storms. Usual rally fare, to my understanding. I show up on Friday morning: Saw the dog hauler there: Lots of rigs! Here's my rig, staking out a spot for my tent: A gorgeous Watsonian/Thunderbird combo: Jay from DMC was there giving a sidecar tech talk: Another Bonnie rig! This one looks familiar! A Flexit! Rider education represented, too! A bit of a tough sell to get folks from way out east to take a course in Idaho, though. I had to bail out early so I recognized a lot of rigs but couldn't talk to the riders. I did manage a nice ride over to Missoula and over Lolo Pass for my other obligation that weekend. I hope other folks had a good time as well!