Tuesday, August 14, 2007

BR-163, potholes take their toll

Some weeks ago I reported on the dangers of traveling on the Santarém-Cuiabá Highway (BR-163), referring to the many unexpected potholes in the road. The situation hasn't changed at all. On our way back from the Bosque this past Sunday, we spotted a friend and his family on the side of the highway in a very distressful situation. Two of their tires were blown out from the impact of hitting one of the craters. Not only were the tires flat, the hubs were also heavily damaged. That's not an easy affair, two flat tires, two dented hubs ... and only one spare tire. They were lucky to hail down a passing taxi, who took one of the family members to a tire repair place down the road. While we were waiting for the taxi to return, another car came to a flopping stop just ahead of us. You guessed it ... two more flats.

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