Chapter 18 Summary

Chapter 18 finds Doc still making his way to the La Jolla beach for his octopi-collecting mission. It is late in the afternoon and he has made it as far as Ventura, but time is beginning to become more of a factor. He has only time enough for a bathroom break and a quick cheese sandwich when he stops in Carpenteria. It is dark by the time he arrives in Los Angeles, but he has a full dinner there, refills his thermos, and stocks up on sandwiches and beer.

Night driving is not as interesting to Doc because there is little to see, not even dogs. A benefit, however, is that the miles are covered more quickly. He arrives at his destination around two in the morning, leaving him time to spare before low tide. He sits in his...

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