As Jerry mentioned, I have always been hard on tires, started carrying 2 spares. That said, I checked the date, the tire was 8 years old. The spare that is on there now is 16. I have had a lot of training with tires and quite frakly, they scare me on the freeway. Off road, they get abused, run at low psi, you cant see where you have damaged the tire before it seperates. I was lucky. I was still at 12 psi, but only going about 40mph. The noise of the tires changeged a little so I slowly let off the gas and got it over.
Anyway, as I type this, I have the photos being transfered to photobucket. Probably be tomarrow for the report. Hopefully it will be worth the wait!
John in Vegas