It's how he is. I show up somewhat regularly to train, but phone or email... good luck. By good luck, I mean fat chance, and by fat chance, I mean just about no chance :-).
You're right about his attitude, though.
It'll be a big trip for me, so no "dropping in" and it will have to be very well set up a good while in advance.
We did have an agreement to meet, though very loosely scheduled, so I think "just about no chance" will be okay. We will meet up eventually, I'm sure.