Thanks for nothing, Idaho
In early June a friend and I met in Utah, rode through Yellowstone, Beartooth Pass, down through Idaho via Salmon, Stanley, down through Boise, up to McCall and on to Lewiston. Outside of Lewiston we were on Hwy 12 when we saw the dreaded road construction sign. By the time we could digest the stated dates of said construction, it was too late. We were trapped on a 2 lane highway with no reasonable escape. This went on for what seemed like 10 miles of piled up loose gravel, traffic in both directions, trying to steer to the areas where car tracks had thinned the mounds of gravel. Towards the end, like the last half mile or so, the gravel became fresh tar, soft and gooey mixed with rock chips. They grabbed on to our wheels like a snowball rolling downhill and rattled around in the fenders until they found our belts and sprockets causing $1000 damage to each bike. I called Idaho DOT, who said I had to pursue a claim with the contractor, Knife River Const. They passed it off to Liberty Mutual Insurance, Where it seems to have hit a dead end. I can't afford to add $1000 to every trip I take, so is it unreasonable for me to think that our bikes shouldn't subjected to that? Anyone know how to get someone to take notice of our claim?
The chip seal projects in our state block off the lane being worked on and only open it after it's been rolled and swept. Idaho apparently feels it's acceptable to let the vehicle traffic serve as the heavy equipment. Our dealer that did the repairs said gravel was everywhere.... fenders, discs, primary belt cover. He said he had enough gravel to open a gravel pit.