I met Bass Drum Ben, so-called because he played in the UC Berkeley marching band, on a roadtrip to Slab City. We drove from Santa Monica to California’s Colorado Desert, south of Coachella and east of the Salton Sea. We were part of a group creating and documenting the Hitchhiker Tribute Cairn, a memorial mound of stones dedicated to those who have ever known the road via thumb. Ben is an admirable spokesperson for hitchhiking in North America (as well as the six other continents) today. I also have a happy memory of eating cornmeal pancakes at an I-Hop before dropping him at the Ontario Airport.