Finally, I pull into a gas station. That is when the horror was realized - I had been driving with the oil cap off. The floor was coated with black oil. The interior was coated with black oil. I walk into the store almost delirious with the petrol lung treatment. I head into the bathroom to clean up. That is when I see my reflection. Shock. Awe. The side of my face and right arm are coated with oil. How did I not notice this? That I had been taking a 60 minute oil shower. I scrub, the oil cleans off and I wonder how much has been absorbed thru my pores.
It takes an hour or so to clean us up. Now, the Karmann Mobil starts to really heat up. Somehow, I keep going, red lining and leaving an insane trail of smoke. I am a frozen comet of pollution. Traffic quickly passes me while I contribute my lifetime share of global warming every 10 minutes or so.
My VW bursts a coolant hose 10 miles past Lee Vining. It will end up costing 140 bucks to tow it back the 10 miles to the 76.