I switched to tubeless tires about a year ago and I love them. A couple months ago I had a problem with the back tire and had to pull it off the rim for the first time.
There were literally hundreds of thorns on the inside. My tires both have hundreds, possibly thousands, of holes from riding down paths carpeted in goathead vines, so it wasn't much of a surprise.
What I'm trying to figure out is why everyone says a tubless tire can be run with a tube in it to "get you home" if something goes wrong that you can't fix on the road. There's nowhere I can put my hand inside my tires without getting poked and scratched.
A tube in that tire would get numerous punctures the instant it was inflated. So why do I have a tube in my saddle bag? It's useless without a new tire or some way to handle the thorns in the old one.
So is there some way to deal with these thorns and use a tube or should all the pages on the internet where people suggest putting tubes in tubeless tires have a disclaimer at the bottom that reads "but only if the tire is so new that it doesn't have a single thorn in it?"
I appreciate your responses, they've confirmed my suspicion.
The tube will be staying home from now on. More room for bacon and CO2!