Ronald Adams says goodbye to his mother. Ronald and his mother have a very close relationship and Adams mother is worried for him. Ronald tells his mother that he is only going to be gone for 3 months.
Ronald Adams is crossing the Brooklyn bridge when he see's a hitchhiker. The hitchhiker has a cap pulled over his eyes, he has a sleeping bag and he has fresh patches on rain on his shoulder. The hitchhiker walks out in front of Adams and he swerved his car out of the way and keep going.
Ronald Adams see's the hitchhiker on the Pennsylvania Turnpike again. Adam stops to get gas at a gas station and starts talking to the worker and he ask the worker if he ever see's a hitchhiker on the road. The worker goes on to say that a hitchhiker would be crazy to stay here because it's a straight shot and it pretty much has no speed limit.
Adam reaches the border into Oklahoma and he sees and girl leaning up against a telephone pole. Adam stops and ask if she wants a ride and she hops in to his car. As Adam starts driving he see's the hitchhiker standing near a barbed wire fence so he tries to hit him and the lady leaves Adam alone.
Adam stops at an auto body shop in Gallup New Mexico to use a phone booth. He calls his house number and a girl named Ms.Whitney picks up the phone. She tells Adam that his mother had a panic attack because her son dies 6 days after he left for work.
Ronald is sad because he finds out his mom is in the hospital. Adams figured out that she was in the hospital because his mom had a panic attack because Adams died in an accident and he didn't know about it. Adam sits in the desert lonesome because he is to scared to do anything and if he gets up he will get mad.