Denver knows he’s an honest man, but he is still surprised that Ron trusts him with so much. He makes most of the 1,000 mile trip to Colorado just fine, but when he asks a woman how to get to Winter Park—where Regan lives—she tells him that he’ll have to drive straight up a mountain. Denver is terrified, and drives painfully slowly the whole way up and down.
Ron’s trust in Denver and belief in his independent ability to make it to and from Colorado—in spite of never having been there and being unable to read—starkly contrasts with the Man’s practice of keeping Denver dependent and unable to support himself. Once again, Ron learns to trust Denver as friend and equal.