Gooey Liquid (?)

This time of year is normally when some street re-sufacing is done here in town — usually, no, always, with tar and chips. In most cases pea gravel.

The Raleigh encountered a spot where the tar application truck had deposited some drips of tar.  Not totally sure if this is considered a liquid — it isnt a solid (yet), but it does emit a foul smelling odor, so it might contain some gas? One thing for sure, its liquid enough right now you dont want to roll through it!  A sudden encounter required a carefully threaded maneuver through the spots and then a return to take the photo.

So, would this be considered a viscous liquid?

The drops are beginning to congeal and transition to the solid phase of matter — the sooner the better!


Earlier in the day, Dave and I were hailed as we rode by JR’s Salvage:

 Very old Elgin*

It has a skip tooth (aka) skip link chain.

JR would like to ‘liquefy’ this asset 🙂

*Pre WW2?



Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

6 response to "Gooey Liquid (?)"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: August 2, 2018

    Reminds me of when I was a kid in N.J. On hot days we used to dig up the tar with sticks and “make things” with it. No idea now what we made but we were having fun.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 2, 2018

    Very nice, Rich – way to think creatively. Australians are no strangers to liquid emulsion – our roads melt every summer somewhere. You here of people sliding off the road when the chip-seal starts to bubble and create a slick surface. When it is pretty hot, bits of the road get tacky. In places I ride, the emulsion that has bubbled up and then firmed again, crackles and pops as you ride over it. (Those stretches of road are the smoothest bits in winter though!)

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 2, 2018

      Thanks! (Rich – think – creative: are seldom used in the same sentence — in fact, that could be the first time ever LOL)
      Our roads can get bubbly too, but, WOW, those photos in Queensland are truly incredible!

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 3, 2018

    Not totally sure if this is considered a liquid

    The Committee having conducted an exhaustive and exhausting series of hearings with many International experts, we deem chipseal requires a highly viscous liquid, thus qualifying for the Challenge of the Month for August. However, it should be noted, we still hate the stuff when it melts and adheres to our tires.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 3, 2018

      Many thanks to The Committee for disentralling everyone from this sticky issue.
      The subject can become quite entangling as Br’er Rabbit found from sad experience.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: August 3, 2018

    Oh yes, it’s a liquid. If it’s not hard, it’s a liquid. A few years ago, while touring in upstate New York, I ran into a quarter-mile of fresh, hot, liquidy pavement on my way to Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame. It wasn’t liquid any more as I spent almost an hour trying to scrape the solidified tar off of my tires.

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