Backstory, buildup, and beginnings.
In which Jed leaves Mountain View hours late, drives down the coast, and visits friends and family in Southern California.
In which Jed goes to the gym, visits Santa Monica, gets film developed, plays RPGs, and attends Worldcon.
In which Jed drives around Southern California, enjoys sunsets, and gets lost.
In which Jed heads east on I-40, visits Petrified Forest National Park, and manages to talk himself out of visiting the Grand Canyon.
In which Jed obtains AAA maps (remember paper maps?), and finally spends some time focused on fiction-writing.
In which Jed engages hermit mode, watches a lot of TV, and writes some fiction.
In which Jed attends a Dar Williams concert, deals with technofailure, and flies home for a pair of high school reunions.
In which Jed attends reunions, obtains printed copies of the VRML book he co-authored, and tells people about the existence of the kith.org website.
In which Jed leaves town later than planned, and drives through Kansas and St. Louis, stopping to see various sights along the way. After various adventures—picking up a hitchhiker, hitting a spot of particularly bad weather—he eventually arrives safely in Somerville.