Dayyyyuuuummm!!!!! found your lost tip?
Yeah, talk about luck! (and visual acuity)
Since I was in traffic, I did not want to grab the brakes hard and pull over and get killed trying to walk back to it. So I planned on going back later, after traffic dies down, right before sunset, like 8pm.
Wife asked where exactly I saw the tip lying. I could not remember, I was focused on not dying in traffic at the time. So I thought I'd have to ride the approximate 1-mile stretch of the hwy to find it again. She said (smart cookie): "don't you have it on video?" Huh. Of course I do! She's a keeper!
I pulled the dashcam footage and even the camera spotted it. So I went back for it before 8pm and it was sitting right where the camera said it would be.
Again, beat up and not pretty (and the inner sleeve broken off and lost forever) but at least it will do for now.
It ain't pretty. It's like an old Chevy. "Looks far from good but good from far".