Adams's mother is worried about him driving across the country. Adams's mother is giving him reasons not to go and what to do to be safe. Adams is assuring his mother that she has nothing to worry about.
Adams was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain. He saw a man leaning on the cables as though he needed a ride. Adams almost hit him but thankfully he swerved.
Admas was crossing over the Pulaski Skyway when he saw a similar looking man as the one before. While driving on the Pennslyvania Turnpike he saw the man. The man started saying "Hall-ooo" to him.
In Oklahoma, after passing a train he saw a girl. The girl was a hitchhiker so he gave her a ride. While giving her a ride he saw the man leaning on a barbed wire fence so he drove into the fence.
Adams thought that if he talked to someone familiar he could pull himself together Adams called his mother's house. There he answered to a stranger, Mrs.Whitney.