A guy named Remi Boncoeur invites the narrator out to San Francisco to hang out and meet his girlfriend, Lee Ann.
The road trip? Doesn’t go so well. First of all, our narrator doesn’t have a car, which can be inhibiting when you take a road trip. Secondly, there’s some inclement weather. Frustration ensues. Of course everything will be OK when he gets to Chicago.
He hitchhikes and gets some advice on going to Chicago, where he plans to stop before reaching Denver.
The narrator feels stupid for his poetic dreams of traveling across the country in one beautiful line, and just gives up and takes a bus to Chicago.