He felt trapped in the city and wanted this land of back country. The outing was supposed to be a last attempt to revel in fresh air and not hear the chatter of the naysayers. People were now armed in their homes, with a stash of food large enough to feed a family for weeks!
This is what a wreck it had become in just a matter of days. He saw people earlier, scurrying in the streets like rats in a maze, desperate to find supplies they thought they might need. No hand to help the weak, just a scramble to be safe, all the while politicians crawled back under their rocks, enjoying the best of everything their lives had to offer.