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the hitch hiking thread

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by casekonly, Apr 12, 2003.

  1. casekonly

    casekonly 12oz Veteran Member

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    the hitch hiking thread

    Discussion started by casekonly - Apr 12, 2003

    summer is almost here, and i'm thinking about hitching across the country. i've never done it, and i'm looking for advice, stories, smart things to pack, and maybe some good books on the subject. maybe some interesting stories, suggestions, etc...
     
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    nomadawhat - Replied Apr 12, 2003

    read the unwritten guide to hitchhiking and know what the driver expects!!!
     
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  3. casekonly

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    casekonly - Replied Apr 12, 2003

    that's just a little fucked up...i take that back, it's alot fucked up. i think i'll just walk or take a bus
     
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    nomadawhat - Replied Apr 12, 2003

    start doing thumb exercises now to avoid a 'breakdown' in the middle of the U.S.
     
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    metallix - Replied Apr 12, 2003

    i thought about doing the same thing, but after a little more thinking i decided NAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
     
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  6. casekonly

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    you guys aren't in a helpful or insightful mood today, are you? lazy bastards...ha ha, my personal favorite quote of the day:

     
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    read "the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy". it's a great book.
     
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    willy.wonka - Replied Apr 12, 2003

    i would keep my money in a wierd spot..like a extra pocket inside the pant leg by the knee.
     
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    don't bring much... the less shit you have the better... and look nice and smile... and if you smoke herb expect to be very very high most of the time (i don't smoke, but i think i could count the number of times i've not been offered pot by the driver on both hands...)
    have fun!

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    i've always kept a knife in my boot that's easily accessible whenever i hitch hike, although i've never needed it...
     
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    Hitched all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico

    About twenty-five years ago. Today things are a lot less cool. Obviously, the more like an innocuous college kid you appear to be, the easier it will be to catch a ride. All the rules in "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" are probably appropriate and timely. I never obeyed many of them--one of the most memorable rides my hitch-hiking, trainhopping girlfriend and I ever caught was up in Saskatchewan. We had a little brown, short-haired terrier cross bitch we picked up in L.A. that we named "Pat Nixon" ("Pat" for short) and while we were visiting the IWW delegate in Mountain Home, CA, she came into heat. His neighbor's Husky jumped the fence and they had a grand old time. She got pregnant, of course.

    Weeks later, up in Saskatchewan, while we were trying to thumb down a ride east, a big thunderstorm came out of the north. The clouds were black as paint, and there was lightning and thunder and high winds coming at us from the northwest. Pat went berserk and started frantically digging and pulling up grass with her teeth, and made a hole in the ground next to the highway, and got in it. I thought it was the storm---maybe there was big hazard from lightning. It sort of freaked us out.

    A station wagon stopped to pick us up. Two hitch hikers, a ton of gear, packs, sleeping bags, etc., plus a dog--we were lucky. We got in. I got in the passenger seat. The back seat was "down" to create a cargo space, and our benefactor was a minister en route back home from a church conference. My girl got in the back with all our packs and stuff, and the dog. Immediately, Pat began birthing a litter of puppies. My girl, thinking fast, pulled a poncho out of the packs and put it under Pat. She had eight pups, in about 45 minutes. The driver was very excited, and kept asking "How many now? How many now?" It was really a trip. We stopped and dumpster-dived a cardboard box, and sacrificed our worst blanket for a puppy bed. Pat licked all the pups clean as a whistle and ate the afterbirth. I have no idea where she learned all this---instinct, I suppose. We gave the puppies away as they got old enough, most of them at the IWW Convention in Chicago that September. We had a box marked "Free Puppies---Trained in Class Warfare." They went quickly.

    The minister was a great guy, and gave us a ride all the way to Thunder Bay, where we had to hitch around Lake Superior to Sault Ste. Marie, then down towards Detroit, then to Ann Arbor, MI, and on west to Chicago. We stayed with some anti-war activist Quakers in Ann Arbor---really wonderful, generous people. We also stayed a few days with some stoner kids in rural Michigan who lived in a home-built shack out behind their parents' house. They kept us stoned the whole time we were there.

    So much for 1972. It was a good year.
     
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    thanks for the story, kabar, and thanks for the advice vinyl junkie...
     
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    ride freights instead
     
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    casekonly - Replied Apr 14, 2003

    can't, i broke my leg a couple of year sback and i still have two rods in it...i wish i could..i can barely jump and land on it and it not hurt...so, that's out of the question.
     
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    get a small folding stepladder
     
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    casekonly - Replied Apr 14, 2003

    good idea...
     
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