See it really did blow out.
Benson had called Oregon State Patrol but we were back on our way before they made it to us. Benson tracked down the nearest tire store which luckily was only 12 miles away. The kids and I talked about how blessed we were that nobody was hurt. We also talked about all the other good things that happened such as, it happened before the heat of the day, we were on a straightaway where there was a good shoulder, that someone stopped and helped, and so on. So we pulled into LaGrande and got a used tire from Les Schwab. When I went up to pay for the tire the employee had told me that a women that was in earlier left a blank check to pay for my tire. I was so shocked and so amazed at all of the generosity from the people around me that I almost started to cry. In some ways I was glad this happened to us because it was such a good lesson for me and the kids.