"That’s probably what Will McRobb was thinking about when he wrote “King Of The Road,” the first proper episode of Pete And Pete’s inaugural season. McRobb was one of the show’s producers, and so he was fully familiar with the show’s predilections toward the Hoover Dam and total absurdity. As the Wrigleys set out on their summer vacation, the annual 24-hour road trip to the aforementioned dam, the focus falls all on Don Wrigley. To some, Don might be better known as “Dad,” but to truckers and roof stack packing aficionados, Don was the King of the road, or, rather, the “King O Frod,” after he couldn’t get the license plate he really wanted.
Don, like many other dads, defined himself by three things on the open road:
1. Never ask for directions. No matter what.
2. Roof stack packing.
3. Making “good time” on the road.
Being a dad on the road is also about harnessing the power of the window-elbow. How far a dad’s elbow is out the window is “directly proportional to how full of himself he is.” With his elbow proudly cutting the wind, for example, Don spies a fellow highwayman with a shoddy roof stack and says, “I hope he’s not going to the Hoover Dam. It just wouldn’t be right. Hoover Dam’s too good for a family like that.” And because he’s calm, measured, and apparently really good at packing, we believe him."
Full Onion AV Club essay on "King of the Road" here!