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The narrator gets on what he calls "the greatest ride of his life," a big flatbed truck driven by two farmers picking up every stray cat, and by cat we mean bum-looking hitchhiker, on the road.
The drivers don’t have much below the surface, but they’re friendly and "like everything."
The narrator doesn’t have money for a lot of food. He does, miraculously, have money for whisky.
They get drunk and watch the "wasteland" rangelands go by. Our narrator muses on the other people in the truck that travel constantly. There’s Montana Slim, who’s a little sketchy, and Mississippi Gene, who takes care of a little boy.
The narrator asks Slim if he knows someone named Big Slim, an old friend who aspired to be a bum and subsequently...became a bum.
The narrator’s shoes are criticized – for the second time – because they have built in holes or pores or something. They shoes are from Mexico, as though that explains everything.
Slim tries to pee over the edge of the truck and the driver swerves around, which is SO FUNNY.
Since the truck is going to start heading for LA, Slim and the narrator get off in Cheyenne.