I've read through the StP guide for train hopping, and rest ASSURED I respect the very real, possibly fatal dangers. I intend to treat these rails as though they are MUCH bigger, stronger, and faster than me, because doing otherwise would only end my adventure for good. I've got screenshots of the entire thread saved to my Google account so I can study. I plan to make my very first attempt tomorrow after I've got my GrownUpStuff done and tied the ends that would otherwise be loose if I just left. I can't wait. I'm so excited to do this thing!Welcome Aboard!!!
If you never hopped a train, please study the subject first. Many threads on here to help.
I also suggest to read Matt Derrick's book, the Anarchist's Guide to Travel which can be purchased on StP store.
You may want to read, The Hobo Handbook A Field Guide to Living by Your Own Rules by Josh Mack can be purchased on Amazon.
Good Luck on your future travels and adventures!
Woah, no. My kids aren't with me for reasons that I'm not exactly proud of, but they are in the best possible place and I see them all the time. It's been a really hard time the last two years, and I've never felt more like I'm not doing the right thing than I do every time I don't listen to this pull in my chest and my gut. My girls are perfect, they love me and they know I love them. Most importantly, they know that God loves them, and that He's got a plan for me as well as them.Having kids and travelling are a hard combination... Not that I have any experience with kids. I've done my share of travelling tho.... But geez if I had kids, I can only imagine how hard it would be.... Lack of stability leads to some pretty extreme opinions with other people...
Good luck tho. Hope it works out!
Yeah, that's GREAT advice. How about some tips or suggestions on HOW to not get pinched or dead? See, THAT would be fantastic.There's a very real possibility that you may of over looked one or two minor details in yer plan.
Try to not get pinched or dead, it makes it harder on everyone else.
Yeah, that's GREAT advice. How about some tips or suggestions on HOW to not get pinched or dead? See, THAT would be fantastic.
To be a traveller is inherantly dangerous. The risks that come with hitch hiking in random peoples cars cant be over stated.... Any dangerous psycoath can pull up in front of you, and if youve been sitting there long enough, its hard to know when to refuse a ride... Deprived, desperate travellers, on the run from the law, are the cause of many homicides and many crimes... When Ted Bundy started feeling like the walls were closing in on him, he fled to Utah, and then Colorado, and then Florida... But Ted bundy is ony 1 of like thousands of murderers and rapists that start doing crimes in one place and then hit the road going across country continuing their crime spree before it catches up with them...
Or picking up hitch hikers. It goes both ways... Ive picked up many hitch hikers, and seriously thought it may be the cause of my death a few times... Ive picked up hitch hikers a number of times and regretted it so badl that I almost never want to pick up a stranger, ever again... I picked up on guy in Oregon that was strung out on drugs soo bad, he was mucher bigger than me, he acted very hostile and agressive. It sounded like he was despirate, running from the law, or awaiting sentencing or something. It sounded like his circumstances were bad enough that staling my vehicle and dumping my body somewhere in the woods, didnt seem like a very far off possibility. He was very unpredictable and he was very deranged. I drove him about an hour, but the drive felt like days... It was the longest hour of my life.
Being out on the road and living in constant motion from one town to the next means that mot of the people you'll deal with and meet, and be surrounded by, you'll likely never see again... When people can basically assume they'll never see you again, you'd be suprised what they'll try to pull on you...
In my experience, half the people you run across are good hearted people with good intentions... 25% of people are wild card who can turn on you in a heart beat... and then 25% of people you should get away from as fast as possible, because they will try to find a way to screw you over, steal your money, take your things, or worse...
Dont let your guard down tho around anybody. Dont tell people where you sleep. Spend the extra time to make sure your not being followed. Make extra turns, loop back around.... Dont do the same thing everyday and become predictable for a predator... If you must do the same thing everyday, do the same thing differently everyday... Take a different road everyday to get home. Go to work a different route every morning. If you feel like your being followed, or theres a questionable vehicle in your rearview mirror, dont go home!!! Go to a park and wait and see what they do. Then go drive to another spot, and then go hide in an alley for a while, and then go home, but only when your possitive nobody is following you...
You'd be suprised the stuff that goes on everyday and nobody hears about most of it, because they cant prove who to hold accountable... When you cant prove something, its kinda like it never happenned.
I love the advice, I was hoping that this site could network me up with a few people in the areas I wanna go t o, and along the way from here to there(s) so that I could be more confident of my route and to be as sure as I can be about my safety. I'll put this, and the other great nuggets of wisdom I've been collecting, in my notebook.@SusanahOfGilead - I admire your confidence & I don't want to undermine your determination - however, please don't ignore what everyone is saying. While traveling, make folks/friends aware of your locations and destinations & check in with them; link up with a road dog if you can; (try to) strategize so you're not forced to make hasty (desperate) decisions - hitching at night, for example. AND - if you're not completely put off by what everyone's handing you here - keep us posted!