At the risk of offending the "Beat Generation", I found this book to be quite a slog.
There's lots of talk of Buddhist principles, which is cool; and hitchhiking all over the place, which is also cool. There's free love, and some other naughty stuff.
While that sounds like a cool mix, I just found the book to be very boring. I didn't really *relate* with the protagonist in any way. Not my cup of tea.