I heard the telltale sound of a water pump failing when I pulled up after lunch. I got to within a mile of Mickey’s Garage when the belts started smoking. I’m waiting for a tow as I type this.
I have to keep telling myself, with every wrench turn I get closer to my circumnavigation of the state. I hope I don’t run out of gas money with all these repairs.
Update: It was indeed the water pump. Mickey called me from the shop. The bearings had failed and caused the pully to wobble and lock up against the water pump bolts.
Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.