What happens when Chris/ Alex drives the Datsun into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area?
A flash flood comes and floods the engine of his Datsun. He is frustrated, and in his frustration he kills the battery trying to get it restarted. Rather than go to the local authorities (He decides he shouldn't due to his expired registration and license) he abandons the car with a note saying anyone who can get it out can have it. What do his parents think?
Alex’s parents are very worried about him. They become even more worried when they realize that he told the post office to hold all of the letters they sent him until a certain date. Where does Chris/Alex travel in this chapter and what is the time line (dates and locations)
July 9th 1990- Datson is flooded is flooded at Lake Mead
July 10th 1990- Chris hikes toward N California
August 1990- He gets a ride from/meets Crazy Ernie
What did the people of Bullhead City think of Chris/Alex?
He is remembered as a strange but nice person. The employees at the McDonald’s where he worked said he worked at a slow pace, which contradicts what was said about his work ethic earlier in the novel. They said he needed to bathe more and one lady feels he quit because she told him so. Describe the slabs in your own words.
The slabs are an abandoned military base that has become home to a lot of drifters. What do we learn about Chris/Alex in this chapter? Is your view of him changing?
In this chapter we learn that Chris’s work ethic is starting to disappear because the former employees say that they felt he worked slow. My opinion is not really changing any of him because he still is very odd and obviously he is not all right. 4. Trace the timeline in this chapter.
May 1991- Departs Las Vegas
July/August 1991- Oregon coast
September 1991- Hitchhiked down highway 101 to Bullhead city
Several months later- moved to the slabs
What changes do you...