Yesterday was mostly uneventful. The highway across the Missouri River that I mentioned in my post for my last road trip was once again closed. I hope they are raising it so it won't be subject to flooding like it was earlier this year. Everything was going great until I hit Springfield IL. I was in traffic when all of a sudden the vehicle started vibrating and I started losing power. The dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree. I managed to pull off the interstate and shut things down. There was something definitely wrong and I hoped I would be able to get to Chicago. I started back up and only the "check engine light" was on. I did a search on my symptoms, and it appeared it was probably something related to an O2 sensor. I started back up and gradually built up speed on the shoulder. 50...OK. 60...OK. 70...OK. Hey! I'm doing the speed limit! And that's how it went all the way home. *phew* I took it to a local dealer today and am waiting for the diagnosis. I didn't want Mom to drive, so I ended up walking 2 miles to a train station and catching a train most of the way home. At least I got a good walkie after sitting on my ass for 2 days.
EDIT: Ugh. Just got a call from the dealer. The code came back as a misfire at a spark plug. It could be a symptom of a piston ring problem. Maybe. Maybe not. The "cure" would be an engine overhaul with new rings. With the age of the vehicle, he didn't recommend that unless I wanted to. The engine might last months or perhaps a few more years. Well...we had been thinking about a new vehicle. Maybe this is the thing to motivate us. *shrugs* At least I can get home and think about things in a more relaxed situation.