grey man/anonimity (1 Viewer)

Odin

ANTISOLIPSIST
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Apr 6, 2013
Messages
2,286
Current Location
Earth
Website
www.youtube.com
i travel with a bicycle and lemme tell you, not many people suspect you to be a train rider if you have a bicycle regardless of what you look like or whether youre on rr property. even other kids usually think im some local, esp if i dont have my pack on.

damn... thanks.... it's like one of those obvious things you don't realize till someone sez it.

clever clever!

I'll keep it in mind lol
 
We sell all kinds of other stuff in our Etsy store!

scutellaria

Pilgrim
Joined
May 13, 2019
Messages
73
Age
28
Current Location
csx appalachian division
damn... thanks.... it's like one of those obvious things you don't realize till someone sez it.

clever clever!

I'll keep it in mind lol
haha yeah its great, people usually just think im a homebum. also if someone gives me shit, i just say im on bike tour and like rail road stuff. most people dont know the difference between bike touring gear and train riding gear. they just see a bike.

once though my buddy and i got off in clearing yard and the rail cop saw us putting our bikes together on railroad property next to the train wed just gotten off (lol). he was like "how do you guys do it? i mean how do you get your bikes on the train?" we looked at each other and were like nah my dude ummmmmm were messengers on bike tour from new york to see our messenger friends. we were just fixing flats. he was like "ummm okay just stay off our trains"
 

mylon

Lawn Care Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 6, 2008
Messages
143
Current Location
PA
i travel with a bicycle and lemme tell you, not many people suspect you to be a train rider if you have a bicycle regardless of what you look like or whether youre on rr property. even other kids usually think im some local, esp if i dont have my pack on.
I traveled with a bike for a while and I had a few funny experiences with this.

One was in Niland, CA. I was walking a stopped stack train looking for a ride when I saw a vehicle in the distance, driving along the tracks toward me. I figured it was BP and I wasn't too concerned but I didn't want to get on right in front of them so I crossed under the tracks through a drainage ditch type thing to wait for them to pass. I guess they thought I was trying to evade them because they sped up and jumped out at the ditch, crossed under with guns pointed at me. After checking my ID one of them asked if I was planning on getting on that train and before I could respond the other one said "not with that bike he isn't!".

Another time was in Portland. I was on Hayden Island approaching a waiting spot when a BNSF cop came out of nowhere and stopped me. At this point I was already trespassing but I just explained that I was exploring the area after the STP (big annual Seattle to Portland bike ride. I didn't ride it that year but hey I never actually said I rode it either) and he let me go.
 

Anagor

Wayfarer
Joined
Jun 26, 2014
Messages
712
Age
45
Current Location
Bonn, Germany
Website
anagortravelling.wordpress.com
my days of wild punk stuff is way over, im sick of the cops hassling me, nyone else do the grey man thing?
Perhaps it's different in US, but traveling in Europe I never was hassled by cops cause of my appearance. Happened that security followed me around as soon as I walked in a store, though. lol

And even if cops ran my ID or alike, I didn't mind. I have no criminal record, no open fines and when I was in foreign countries (spend most of the time in UK) I was there legally.

For me, the most important aspect of traveling is freedom. That includes the freedom to wear what I want and don't give a fuck about what other people think about it.

So when I'm on the road, I stand out wearing a hat decorated with these metal things from lighters, a wristband chain made of beer can tabs, my battered fishing vest with padlocks on it and clothes almost falling apart from wear and tear. :)

Also I find it easier to make money on the streets if you are not mistaken for a backpacking tourist or alike.
 
OP
starfarer

starfarer

Newbie
Joined
Sep 13, 2017
Messages
43
Current Location
Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Perhaps it's different in US, but traveling in Europe I never was hassled by cops cause of my appearance. Happened that security followed me around as soon as I walked in a store, though. lol

And even if cops ran my ID or alike, I didn't mind. I have no criminal record, no open fines and when I was in foreign countries (spend most of the time in UK) I was there legally.

For me, the most important aspect of traveling is freedom. That includes the freedom to wear what I want and don't give a fuck about what other people think about it.

So when I'm on the road, I stand out wearing a hat decorated with these metal things from lighters, a wristband chain made of beer can tabs, my battered fishing vest with padlocks on it and clothes almost falling apart from wear and tear. :)

Also I find it easier to make money on the streets if you are not mistaken for a backpacking tourist or alike.
man I dig being anonymous! like a spy or something, I remember in a clothes shop the assistant freaked out something chronic when I too my shirt off and he saw im covered in tattoos!
 

Anagor

Wayfarer
Joined
Jun 26, 2014
Messages
712
Age
45
Current Location
Bonn, Germany
Website
anagortravelling.wordpress.com
man I dig being anonymous! like a spy or something, I remember in a clothes shop the assistant freaked out something chronic when I too my shirt off and he saw im covered in tattoos!
Could not happen to me. First I have no tattoos (yet) and second I don't go into clothes shops anymore. I have not bought any clothes since 2014 ... all I have I got for free or found somewhere. :)
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

About us

  • Squat the Planet is the world's largest social network for misfit travelers. Join our community of do-it-yourself nomads and learn how to explore the world by any means necessary.

    More Info

Support StP!

Donations go towards paying our monthly server fees, adding new features to the website, and occasionally putting a burrito in Matt's mouth.

Total amount
$45.00
Goal
$100.00

Monthly Goals

  1. Paying the Bills
    $45.00 of $50.00
    The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
  2. Buy Matt a Beer
    $45.00 of $75.00
    Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully his will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
  3. Feed Matt a Burrito
    $45.00 of $100.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
  4. Finance the Shopping Cart
    $45.00 of $200.00
    Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.

Latest Status Updates

Macon for a super hot minute. Who what when where?
Finished an initial draft of a floorplan for my new van:
A lot has happened since returning to California. Just two days after returning from the road, I grew the courage to leave my abusive SO and stop hiding her abuse. I returned to my hometown in the Bay Area; I’m now going to stay housed up here until next summer as I recover from trauma and save up for my next adventure. I’ve just gotten a job offer, and will be renting a room of my own here!
I learned a lot about myself and the world on the road, but I know vagabonding is the life for me!
I never did complete an update here, did I?
Well, I rubbertramped all across the country, back from Boston with a fellow moderator from R&V. We drove from there to Las Vegas over the course of a month! I saw 4 national parks, 30 states, and crossed over 6000+ miles. I came back to Los Angeles on June 15th, having achieved my goal of hitchhiking the entire country, and was on the road for over two months.
3 weeks of CDL training starting Monday. Im so excited. Living in semi is an upgrade from living in the van, especially since your getting paid for it! Hells yea!!!
A list of all the magic stores in the U.S. would be a sick feature on stp. Imagine you get off the train desperately in need of smokes and a slam, but you got ran off every corner... Dont worry stp knows exactly where you can get pall malls and some steelies with those foodies you picked up in the last town.
Engineer J Lupo wrote on Matt Derrick's profile.
Happy Birthday, dad!
I really need to find someone catching out around at joseph... I don't know if I can do this for the first time in my own...
you are not immune to propaganda
EastCoastTurtle wrote on sydaavicious's profile.
You sould come chill in Bend. Could show you around. + its super chill out here.

Staff online