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For sure! I'm just trying to be as prepared as I can possibly be. I don't mind the criticism. I'm not in my feelings about people telling me like it is. I DON'T appreciate it, however, when my whole thread is turned into a completely off topic discussion about a kid who bit off more than he could chew. Sadly, that cost a young man the whole life that he had ahead of him. While I can understand, you don't want to see that same sad shit happen to me, and I owe those of you who have been truly supportive an intense debt of gratitude.
 

Hudson

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I apologize its my fault it became off topic. Which direction are you heading? I have been to Missouri when I was trucking and kind of enjoyed the ozarks. The weather was pretty brutal but other than that it was nice.

My buddy lived a little north of Springfield and it was nice. I could do without the tornadoes that tore through Joplin though.

Heading West or East? I don't know much about the East coast other than the South but I know tons about the West coast. Been out here most of my life other than a decade in the Army and trucking.

If you have questions about the West coast I can probably answer some of them

Matt, the guy who runs this site knows a lot about the pnw too. He might be of assistance for any of that.

A other resource would be r/vagabond
 
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I apologize its my fault it became off topic. Which direction are you heading? I have been to Missouri when I was trucking and kind of enjoyed the ozarks. The weather was pretty brutal but other than that it was nice.

My buddy lived a little north of Springfield and it was nice. I could do without the tornadoes that tore through Joplin though.

Heading West or East? I don't know much about the East coast other than the South but I know tons about the West coast. Been out here most of my life other than a decade in the Army and trucking.

If you have questions about the West coast I can probably answer some of them

Matt, the guy who runs this site knows a lot about the pnw too. He might be of assistance for any of that.

A other resource would be r/vagabond
I think I wanna see a hot spring first, but the area of northern Missouri I happen to be in doesn't have
 

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I'm not positive where any of those are around Missouri. There's quite a few in California that I know of. They usually require some kind of volcanic activity.
 

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I'm gonna be a train hopper when I have to be, but a driver whenever I can. I don't know where I'm going,but I know that God has something to show me, and I just pray that I'll know what it is when it's in front of me.
God leads the way it does and it leads in the correct fashion as long as your listening to virtue as opposed to vice. I believe you'll face the future correctly.
 

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so are you still preparing or do you have a date set to head out? i know we talked about this shit on pm but you should probably hitch somewhere where there are more travelers so you can find someone to show you how to train hop that way.

did you decide on a place to go?
 
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so are you still preparing or do you have a date set to head out? i know we talked about this shit on pm but you should probably hitch somewhere where there are more travelers so you can find someone to show you how to train hop that way.

did you decide on a place to go?
I did! I've decided on Colorado Springs, though I don't have a date. It's still too hard for me to figure out what's going where. Where would I find a bunch of dirty kids riding trains AND willing to take on a beginner? I mean, I've packed pretty much everything from a shovel to a blankey to a couple cans of homemade Sterno. I could possibly make it in my own, but I'm not trying to risk it until I have to.
 

mrvegan

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Thank you, that means a lot. I hope I love up to those expectations.
My first hitchhiking trip I went from Florida to Colorado Springs, CO. I kept feeling like it was supposed to happen, a series of coincidences everyday in my life in Florida kept happening, it felt like God was telling me to go to Colorado. I also kept seeing angel numbers, I'm not sure if I consider them to be truly from angels or just another series of coincidences. I really don't know.

When I was in Florida, I was living the perfect life. But it didn't feel like mine.
Then when I went to Colorado, everything felt surreal. Every breath and every new day felt exquisite to breathe in and see.

One thing I do believe in is following your gut feeling. I believe we are souls having a physical experience in our bodies on Earth and gut feelings can be very powerful, and will always take you down the right path. Just gotta listen to your heart and your true self
 

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Ive travelled on and off for 20 yrs. I like being on the road, but I also like having a bed to sleep in for a few months and enjoy having a job from every now and again. Im about half and half.

With that background, I dont think travel is inherently dangerous; as in if i were to do some arbitrary tally I can certainly say Ive been in more dangerous/shady situations while living the vanilla life style than while travelling. And have met more nice and interesting ppl; have had GOOD things happen more traveling than when stationary in a safe little town. In short, life is life. Shit happens. People have always told me ya cant do that, right before I have a blast doing it.

On the Mcandless kid; sure he was naive and idealistic. If I met him maybe I wouldnt like him. But he gave up all materialism for what he thought was right. I respect that in anyone. It was his right to die chasing that. If he wasnt a well to do white kid that Krack did a piece in Outside about, noone would know him. Obla Dee.

Lastly, Sus, if ya do end up in the Springs, holler and Ill fill your belly w hummus wraps! 👍
 
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Zbart1108

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Wow long read but one I needed I think, you got this and you know it lol...
I too am at the same spot you are I believe, there is only so much you can learn before you have to learn the rest by doing it...I had this exact feeling before I left seeking adventure my first time some years ago. I would ride the local freight from town to town sometimes but always wondered what was around those bend and always to scared to stay on and find out.
Now years later and many miles on I find myself in the spot again, It's Time To Just Do It.
Deep down you (we) have all the tools needed, it's getting your head to comply is the problem or at least is mine. Take all the research and advise you have gotten and do work, hope to see you out there!
 

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