I like the atmosphere in this one. The perch could be either a bird on a branch above the hitchhiker's head, thereby providing some company, or it could be the hiker himself sitting on or leaning against a road sign. The 'distant stare' suggested to me that this person is contemplating their next destination, but not in a rushed way. I feel like he/she enjoys being on the road and is in in no hurry to get there. Having hitchhiked in Europe and at home a lot in my youth, I can relate to this one.