We're back on the bike trip, but this time the narrator isn't alone. He's discussing his travel plans with an old man with a road map. The old man is calling the narrator Skipper. (So that makes the old man... Gilligan?)
The old man's face has red and blue veins; it reminds the narrator of the map itself (gross).
The narrator finally tells us that he's at a service station, and the conversation continues. They talk about how fast he can bike, when he'll arrive, and where he'll stay.
Then the old man gets deep. He tells the narrator to be careful: it's impossible to know who's good and who's bad, so he probably shouldn't trust anyone. This guy has been watching too many <em>X-Files</em> reruns.
The old man comments on the narrator's hat and jacket, which reminds him of his son, who died in World War II.
The narrator starts to get uncomfortable – he just met the guy and who knows what he'll ask him next – so he decides to leave. He gets on his bike and continues on his way.