Hitchin out of Arcata we flew a sign saying "we dont stink" Little did the passing drivers know that i was wearing the clothes I was wearing when I had puked on myself a week and a half ago. Usually I like to fly " I'm going that way too...." then I mumble under my breathe curses at the passing cars with only a single rider.
I hitched from Shawnee, O.K to Lebanon, T.N.
with a sign that said "To the Moon Batman!"
and surprisingly it worked!
Let me paint the picture, so you understand. I hobo'd about with a med ALICE pack, Carhartt pants and shirt, a Tilley broad-brimmed hat, and a walking stick. People actually believed I was an Aussie on an "American walkabout". Helps that I can do a passable Australian accent.
I picked out a few cities to memorize on a map of Australia and I'd tell them a load of shit about "walkabouts int he outback, from here to there". People ate that shit up. Family people loved me telling there kids stories, "outdoorsy" guys liked to shoot the shit about their adventures, and I got picked up by a lot of lone women, some of whom actually wanted me to go "down under".
The one I won't forget went like this:
Her: "You aren't going to rape me, are you?"
Me: [Aussie accent] "Not unless you ask me to."
Her: "Get in."
ArrowInOre said:I tend to pick up hitchers, but there are things i have to be aware of too, for them and for my self. If there are two, one must be a girl and there has to be no packs or bags in my car, it all has to go in the trunk. Any dogs must sit in the front floor boards with the strongest of the two riders and they may not smoke in my car. The smokin thing is just common sense, the dog thing though. I usually have my kid with me. I would rather have the dog attack me in the front where i have control of the vehicle and the owner has better confinement of the dog. I will not allow any pets in the back seat, that is my kid safe place, ya know... HOWEVER>>> I also hated it when a driver with more than one empty seat would;d rather leave me out there in the rain than save my ass from a cold...The finger was hard to not flash occasionally. I got the finger the other day, and stopped, reversed and said look, "Been there done that, I have a kid in here, otherwise i would have, but now, I know your face and from here, you can walk...He apologized and waved as i pulled off. Curses under his breath were mostly likely what i would have heard, but I had to make my point to at least one raised middle finger...It gets more understandable from all angels once you have been in them all..ya know... Have a great New years, and may all of our signs be good...
In response, I've hitched a lot and have had a lot of women pick me up. Although I am gracious that they did, I always think "What if I was a creep and she just picked me up. She'd be fucked". I pick up hitch hikers, regardless, unless they have a dog. But to say that I would want my old lady with my daughter pick up a hitch hiker, you, my friend, are fucking nuts.
If I pick up a hitch hiker and the person decides to rob me, or whatever, I can handle my own. My old lady, as tough as she is, is still only 5 feet tall weighing in just under 110 pounds. She wouldn't be able to fend off a 6 foot tall male. And then put my daughter in the car? Fuck that, that's not paranoia, that's using your fucking brain. I would never put my daughter in danger and if you are picking up hitch hikers with your kids in the car, I wish them luck.