I wanted to say what a fabulous read it is so far.
He sets off, eventually, arrives and tells it hilariously.
I loved the bit where the strange Americans pick him up from the side of the road, give him a lift and feed him, all the while warning him about the dangers of being picked up, getting lifts and being fed by strange Americans.
I will post a full review once I have got to the end. So far it's one of those 'Can't put it down, but don't want it to end' books. The best kind, I think.