His book is full of ***: http://imgur.com/a/VAiM2
And grift. Dude is a first-class bum. Serial panhandler. In that small passage in the book, he was bumming off race staff for a hotel room, transportation people, hotel workers. On this transcon attempt, he was bumming for food in restaurants, showers and laundry at random houses. Fits the MO. Bums for charity as well.