July 15, 1976: David begins another cross country trip with his friend John Hall. Stopping at Syracuse University, David spends a day reading Kerouac’s Tristessa in the rare books department of the university library. They freight-hop to Mt Shasta and then hitch hike to San Francisco. David stays twenty-one days, camping out at the YMCA and taking a job sorting eggs. He begins collecting strangers’ monologues for Sounds in the Distance. He hitchhikes back to New York on October 23.