Chapter 1• The narrator and his son Chris embark on a cross-country motorcycle trip. • John and Sylvia Sutherland join them. • The narrator will be using the trip to develop a Chautauqua, a traveling tent-talk. • John uses counterproductive techniques to start his motorcycle. * Technology in the Narrator's thinking is a manifestation of the Buddha, or Godhead. • Technology in John and Sylvia's thinking is "the enemy" known as "it."
Chapter 2, 3 and 4• As the Narrator watches a storm develop, he reminisces about a trip to Canada. • A missed turn causes adjustments to the developing trip plan. • As the Narrator checks the engine temperature, he digresses to inform the reader about the reason for checking it frequently. • The Narrator uses the story of the uncaring mechanics to give a sermonette on how important it is to care about what you do in order to do it right. • The Narrator alludes to having been...
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