Page 412. " Under the edge of the mattress the rifle lay, a lever-action Winchester .38 "

Winchester
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumWinchester - Credit: Adams Guns

Winchester rifles were among the first repeating rifles made.  The rifle is commonly known as 'The Gun that Won the West' due to its use in the Western expansion of the United States, although its role has been somewhat exaggerated.

Page 421. " The truck turned left and moved toward 101 "
US 101, or the Pacific Coast Highway, is a north-south road that travels from Olympia, Washington to Los Angeles, California.  Its scenic route along the West Coast has made it very popular with travellers and it is considered one of the most important historic routes in America.