It's getting toward the end of summer and in upstate NY that means many of the local road crews try getting road work done before the seasons change. Unfortunately in my area many of the townships still use the old stone and oil method. I'm sure they think it's a nice, easy and cheap way of re-surfacing the road but come on this is 2007. For those of you lucky enough to not experience this on a yearly basis....... they coat the road with a layer of black tar and then spread small marble sized stones over the top. It's a disaster for about 2-3 weeks even if you are in a car. The stones are flying everywhere as the traffic "sets" the stone into the tar and pushes the rest off to the side of the roadway. Then after a year or so if the layer of stone is thin you get a tar slick in the hottest part of summer when it bubbles to the surface.
Needless to say this is a huge problem if you are on a motorcycle. Usually they put up a sign for about a week just as the road surface changes to loose stone, but that doesn't make it any better. This stuff is the worst, I wish there was a way to have the whole process outlawed. Anybody else deal with this?
We just have half a blacktop budget. They blacktop half of your lane. It may start out as the outside half, and halfway through the turn it will be the inside half, visa versa, or just the outside or inside all the way through the turn. Forget changing your line. You have to climb at least an inch of blacktop to do so, not to mention what it does to the bike at speed. Idiots.
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Down here on Long Island we get potholes all over the place from the snow plowes. Come sprint, they just fill the holes in with gravel instead of fixing them. The gravel ends up all over the road and then you have gravel and the hole both to contend with.