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    Hemp sandals and clothing ~~~

    Hello there. I just found this neat website that has some pretty awesome sandals and clothing. Some made from hemp. The sandals are so nice looking to me! I'm for sure going to get a pair come payday. For more information, click the link below, please: Nomadic State of Mind: sandals and...
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    ???Two day long defragmentation???

    Hello. This question's for "Matt" or "Widerstand" or "IBRRHOBO".......... I bought and installed "System Mechanic" on my PC. (I'm about to start a defraggler on my "Drive C"). System Mechanic stated this may take as long as two full days to complete. Question is: Why would it take this long...
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    Modern day caving it!~~~

    Found this article about a dude living in a cave in Utah. he's also been cash-free for almost 10 years, too! (Click link below, please): COULD YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT MONEY?MEET THE GUY WHO DOES: DETAILS Article on men.style.com
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    Want good brand gear that's cheap, too?!

    Hello all. I stumbled across this website and I'm glad I did, because this place has good brand name items from, backpacks, knives, flashlights, stoves, boots, tents, bedrolls, socks and just about "ANYTHING" you could need out on the road or rails!!! (I even found "P38" can openers here)! Just...
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    Inuvik, Yukon Territory, the real ends of the Earth!

    Looking south back towards the Alaska Hiway while on the Dempster Hiway. It was spring of 1993. I was now on my fourth trip hiking up the Alaska Hiway heading back to Seward, Alaska in the thickness of the hoarding mosquitoes! I truly was terribly far away from the decay of the south! I had...
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    Prudhoe Bay, Alaska above the Arctic Circle!

    This photo here was taken on the "Haul Road" that runs from just north of Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope. (It's an unpaved hiway all the way too)! I actually rode a bicycle from the small township of Seward, Alaska all the way up to Prudhoe Bay while pulling a two-wheeled...
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    What it takes to truely be a hobo! (Comical view).

    Pretty much, every Bo that rides has his own view about what it takes to be a hobo. Generally if you can't survive in the regular everyday life of the common citizen and you really don't care for a house, car, phone or back yard, you can move into this world and survive just the same with your...
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    Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainsmen

    I don't know how it happened, but the (BLE&T) got hold of my hobo story!!! Opinion: Hobo rides the rail, shares blogs [Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers]
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    Newspaper article about my 20 years as a hobo.

    My 20 year aniversary gift being a professional hobo......lol! Callison: Riding the rails | argusleader.com | Argus Leader
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    Another near 6,000 mile hobo trip!

    Hello all, meesah back home at the "homebase" in Sioux Falls! I rode down to Beaumont, Texas and then took "KCS" back up to DeQuincy, Louisiana where I met up with "TravelingFisher" from "StP" here. We rode together for about 10 days. We rode back up to KCMO and almost to North Platte before we...
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    "IBRRHOBO's" drug seeking for his buddy "Shoestring"!!

    Well, I finally got a chance to meet "IBRRHOBO" last month and what no better time too! Once IBRRHOBO's alcohol level went up, so did my pain level! He stated that he could reasure me that he could get me my pain medications! So all now that needed to be done was a "drug-seeking" trip to the...
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    My train ride into the automobile plant.

    This was the summer of 2001. I had now been hopping freight trains for 12 years solid, so getting inside a totally secured Toyota plant should not have been an intended thing right? I rode out of North Little Rock, Arkansas and made great time in that it only had taken me roughly six hours to...
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    Real hobo camps are almost a thing of the past.

    These are two MRL locomotive units. Riding into Laurel, Montana, last winter was cold and lonely. I had ridden in on a pusher locomotive unit on a coal train and got off at rail mile-marker 11 on Montana Rail Link property just east of town. (MRL is short for Montana Rail Link). I walked to an...
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    My boxcar ride into the Appalachian winter storm

    This is a "Marc" public transit train. I rode from King Street to downtown Washington DC. Also to get out to where the CSX yards are. I just got out of jail in Thomasville, Georgia where I had spent 16 days in custody for Railroad Trespassing. I had gotten caught sleeping inside an old...
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    Boxcar ride north with the Delirium Tremons!

    It was the summer of 1998, and I was at my peak of alcohol consumption. I had ridden into the town of Keokuk, Iowa from Chicago on an empty boxcar. Right away, I found a day labor job tearing shingles from the roof of an elderly couples home. I worked hard for four days, and very glad I had...
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    If you were the CEO of a backpacking company...

    I have looked all over for a place to dicuss backpacks, and found none. So this thread will be for what you'd really like to see built into a backpack that would help ease the strain on the back or what would make a nice addition on a pack from your experiences. What would you add onto a...
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    I won in Las Vegas, but lost on the train!

    I had been hopping freight trains in Southern California for about two weeks until I had gotten tired of the same old things, and I chose then to ride up to Salt Lake City for a while. I caught-out of Los Angeles and rode north on the Union Pacific Railroad to the first crew-change at Yermo...
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    Newfoundland; the smaller Alaska!

    Newfoundland is located in Canada's Maritime. It's such a beautiful place! Newfoundland has the look and feel much like Alaska does. The island is roughly 600 miles long from east to west and perhaps 350 miles long from north to south at its longest points. Newfoundland has Fir trees and Spruce...
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    "Coffee" or "Lost", he went by both names...

    A young, train rider, hitch-hiker; he did both. Has passed away after being run over by a truck in the company parking lot of the trucking company. He was a member on digihitch, but others are trying to figure out what name exactly he went by. Sombody here may know who he was...
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    My bicycle ride to the Arctic Ocean

    I had just gotten more supplies here. I was in the parking lot of Fred Meyer's store in Wasilla, Alaska. This was my eleventh trip up to Alaska since 1990. I really wanted to do something different than hopping freight trains this time while I was in Alaska. After arriving in Seward, I went...
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    ?Which boot is "your" friend on the steel?

    I'm starting this thread being I'm thinking about getting a new pair soon. My best railroad boots as far as them holding up, being comfortable and spreading out my weight evenly has been "Red Wing's" slip-on style/type. I wear size 13-1/2, so the Wal*Mart boots have been tough for me to find...
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    Boxcars and liquor, the price you pay when mixing them both!

    Union Pacific train passing west over the Green River rail bridge near my camp in Green River, Wyoming after having its crew-change. This was just another usual day for me out on the rails. I had just ridden into Green River, Wyoming on a Union Pacific freight train that I caught in Salt Lake...
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    Just being me...

    Hello all! I'm "Shoestring". I acquired the name Shoestring from my father who also rode freight trains. He of course was a real "STP'er", (Steam Train People). He rode freight trains during the 1940's and 1950's. He rode for roughly 17 years solid. They called him "Doc" during his glory...
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    Digital Cameras...

    Hello all! I'm heading out today later on this evening to invest in another "new" digital camera. What are some tips that you might be willing to share with me in reguards to what I should have my eyes open up to. Also my price range will be between $125.00 and $165.00. As most may have seen...
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    Guilford Railroad hobo trip that led to Nova Scotia/Greenland/Iceland.

    I had just hopped a freight train to Bangor, Maine, from the Framingham Conrail Railroad yards near Boston, Massachusetts. I was tired, thirsty and hungry! I bailed off my boxcar and walked to the fisherman's docks along the Penobscot River. I started asking various boaters in the small...
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    Rail tunnels really are a bore! (Literally)!

    This was a grain-hopper rail car I rode from Vancouver, BC, to Calgary, Alberta Canada's Alyth Yard. This tunnel here is roughly 900 yards long. I had been working at a tank-farm right off the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad tracks in Minot, North Dakota, setting up concrete bases...
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    Hoboes poem

    I love waking in the morning, to the train horns blow, sitting by my campfire with hot coffee, nowhere in particular to go. Hopping into a boxcar in the cold of winter, when Santa Clause says ho, ho, ho. riding in the warm rear unit, when outside lies three feet of snow...
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    Riding with the hobo king of 1998.

    I had just ridden into Kansas City, Missouri, this early, warmer than normal December morning, and had made camp under the "I-435 Loop" overpass that traverses over the Union Pacific train tracks about six miles east of downtown. The temps were actually in the mid-50's, so I chose not to build...
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    Narcotics and freight trains. What went wrong?

    CN train crew change at Sudbury, Ontario. I have now been sober since December 2nd of 2006. For nearly 17 years while hopping freight trains, I was drinking right at about 45 to 50 cans of beer a day, every day, 365 days a year for 17 years solid! So after I stopped this nonsense, I...
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    Going to jail for hopping CSX.

    CSX freight train pulling into the Mobile, Alabama yards. I hopped a freight train from Houston, Texas's Englewood Yard and rode all night through southern Louisiana on a bad shaking boxcar and squeezed into the Gentilly Yards just east of New Orleans. I had nearly run out of water on this...
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    Locked inside a "plug door" boxcar!

    By now I had been hopping freight trains for three years, this warm and drunken night of April 1992. I hopped a train to the Kirby Yards in San Antonio, Texas. I had really wanted to go out west toward California on this trip. After riding on a grain car all the way from Kirby to El Paso...
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    "NS" railroad police and his trivia question.

    This was the winter of 2002. I had been riding in Canada for almost a month. I had made the decision to seek warmer climate, so I chose to head south through the border near Malone, New York, where I would cross into the USA. Montreal, Quebec, has always presented its problems. The railroad...
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    Mohawk route on the "Delaware & Hudson".

    This "D&H" engineer is switching rail cars in the yard. "D&H" stands for Delaware and Hudson Railroad. (Oldest railroad in North America). I finally caught out on a "Conrail" grain train from Chicago's "Union Pacific" Proviso Yards. (Former "CNW"). Within ten hours, I was nearing Toledo...
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    What have you used to stop mice?

    What have you used besides mouse-traps to keep mice at bay near your camps?