They've done it again. Every decade or so they come and repave my road with the latest and greatest version of Chipseal 4.3. Years ago, it was very fine, almost like sand and in relatively short order wer were back to smooth pavement. It has progressed through several versions of ever larger rock, most of which didn't stick and eventually was picked up by the road sweeping crew.
This time, however, they seem to have outdone themselves. The rock is smaller, on the order of 1/2" in diameter (but diameter doesn't do it justice because its not round) The oil/tar/glue however seems to have gone on thicker than ever this year, and the "rock" is uniformly glued down across the whole road width.
This does not bode well as it doesn't appear that this rock will be going away anytime soon. I now have a road with the consistancy of a corse file that looks like it will shread tires (and flesh for the unlucky) for years to come. I guess I'll be hauling the bike out to other locations to ride for a while.........................sigh.