This encounter was with Jim Gallien he picked up Alex on the side of the road and asked him to take him to a trail. Jim is worried about the kid because he has a small gun, very little food and and not enough clothes. So Jim gives him food, clothes, and a ride for nothing. He is just looking out for someone he just meet.
Alex hitching a ride with Jim
This encounter is with Wayne Westerburg he picks Alex up on the side of the road. He brings him in town and he asked how long has he been without eating and he said awhile so the waitress gave him food . Wayne gave him a job at his grain elevator and Alex stayed for awhile until Wayne got arrest and there was no work to be done so Alex left.
"I hate to leave you out here in the goddamn rain. You got a sleeping bag- why don't you come up to Sunburst, spend the night in the trailer?"
When Alex traveled to the Niland Slabs with Jan and Bob Burres he meet a 17 year old girl name Tracy. Tracy fell for Alex even though he spend a week there. Alex was very nice to her, but he didn't take her seriously. When Alex left she was heartbroken
"Can you go on a walk with me."
"Okay I guess." (Jan told me to be nic to Tracy)
"Here is my watch, comb, and the rest of my money."
"If you don't take it, I'm going to throw it away."
"I don't want your money," Gallien protested, "and I already have a watch."