Luckily the folks over at Meineke were able to put on a new muffler for me this morning. Only took about an hour, so we've got some time to spend around here before hitting the road.
Yesterday, in the car, finally got to start on Travels With Charley, (recommended by Scott when he learned I was driving cross-country) and read a little more this morning. Only about a third of the way in, but it makes me want to go on a road trip and I'm already on one. It's pretty amazing and entertaining how many of Steinbeck's observations still hold true, even though this was written more than 40 years ago. Though there are still a few amusing anachronisms.