In a chapter entitled 'In Search of Imaginos' in her book 'Year of the Monkey', Patti Smith describes herself walking down Atlantic Avenue (presumably in Brooklyn, NY).
[I] walked up the metal ramp, took my seat on the Jefferson Airplane. The plane, not the band, but when I looked out, I realized I was in a van, not a plane, which was thoroughly confusing. The driver turned on the radio, a baseball game interrupted by radio calls in another language, somewhat musical, maybe Albanian. He took a different route than I requested and ignored any questions. ... We were gridlocked on a bridge, only it was not a usual bridge and seemed to be slightly swaying. I was more than tempted to get out and cross on foot.
Previously, she has picked up a coat (presumably for sale, but that she hasn't paid for), found a rubber band in the pocket, following which she fastens her hair in a pony tail. Whether she uses the rubber band to do that is unclear.
Culturally, I'm unfamiliar with the references although I'm aware that Jefferson Airplane was a 60s rock band, and a bridge might either be a guitar bridge or a reference to either Brooklyn bridge or Manhattan bridge.
The chapter not only references Sandy Pearlman's Imaginos in the title, but has an epigraph from one of his works.
Does Patti get on a plane, into a van, or a taxi? Is she deliberately evoking a hyper-real dream-state in her writing here? Or should we take her literally? Maybe both? Maybe neither? How do you see this?