It's unnerving but cool to see the driver's side wheel go off into the distance while you spark your way to the side of the road.
Let me roll this back a bit... (No pun intended.)
Thanks to some close friends we got the ball joints done on the front of my truck. I rotated the tires front to back because they were extra worn on the inside but would be okay on the back until I could afford new ones.
About a week later I started hearing a vibration from the left front wheel. I figured since we broke the boots on the front CV joints one of them was dying. Not good but able to wait because it's a 4wd truck and I'm driving it in 2wd mode.
So tonight while I'm on my way to a Freecycle pickup I'm doing 55 down the one fairly busy road and the vibration suddenly gets a lot worse and I hear the above "ba-thump!" noise and the tire shoots off to the left in a shower of sparks and I carefully pull the truck off to the right side. (I'm damn glad nobody got hit by the tire.)
The lady behind me is just flabbergasted that I was calm and collected and helpfully pointed out that my tire had rolled into the field across the road. I thanked her and retrieved the wheel sans lugnuts and hubcap. (I borrowed one lugnut from each wheel to do a three-point mount.)
I then started installing the spare tire because the original rim has rounded holes now so I don't trust it and during the process a helpful police officer stopped to make sure I didn't get hit while on the side of the road until I could get it all installed.
After that I went on to make my Freecycle appointment and then back home with nary a bump.
Damn I'm tired.