It was one of the strangest experiences in my life. Later on I realized it was quite a bit threatening as well.
Later we heard from another colleague that he was questioned by police in a not-so-friendly way about what he was doing (he was walking along the road to check out the beach.) During the trip I took after the conference I saw a drive-through ATM and a drive-through pharmacy. And I spoke to a guy who had been to a drive through funeral!
I guess it explains a bit why Google Now doesn't work for me (here in the Netherlands), it keeps pushing me into either public transport or my car while almost all traveling I do is combination of biking, walking and public transport.
I once had a student from Bulgaria, for her it was normal to walk to school for more than an hour. That would be considered strange here as well although biking for an hour to school is certainly not unheard of (for kids).
When I walked into a sports/fishing shop some days later, (on my way to New Orleans) I saw the first real gun in my life (apart from in the belt of policemen I have to say), a wall full of them! for sale! It made me realize how things could have escalated and how this guy would have felt like he was protecting his wife. (From pedestrians!)
The employee informed me they could not serve me in the drive up unless I was in a vehicle. I had money, I was asking nicely, and the door to inside was locked so I could not walk up to their standard front cash register to pay like in the day.
As I waited, hoping they would just let me get my burger on foot, another car came, ordered food, and received it. I asked again and was dismissed for not having a car.
Doing the responsible thing was frowned upon that night.
The drive through alcohol shops and the drive through mail-boxes where the things I thought were funny.
Also, the Outlets at Gilroy, Califoria, have a major road going through the middle. There are only 2 crossing places on that road. And people do think you're weird if you're walking between them.