"Thump! Thump! Hisssss" is a combination of sounds that can turn an idyllic afternoon into an arduous struggle. If you're lucky, you've got a jack, a lug wrench, and a fullsize spare along for the drive.
In this case, the flat was changed quickly and the journey was completed successfully, thanks to the aforementioned spare, wrench, and jack. The big question was whether the tire was ruined. The handle protruding from the tread was an ominous sight indeed.
Rather than trying to fix the tire with a plug at home, we headed to Daniel's Tire commercial-truck facility in Santa Fe Springs, California. Technician Gustavo Gonzales extracted the tool from the tread and applied a confidence-inspiring patch to the inside of the wounded tire. "Thump! Thump! Hisssss" might cause some consternation, but it doesn't always mean your tire is terminal.