Modern day nomad looking to jump some trains. (1 Viewer)

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I'm 34, just don't care about being responsible anymore. As far as I'm concerned I'm not too old go on crazy vacations. I have traveled many a mile of track on Union Pacific and BNSF. I've done freight riding in the snow, during winter through mountains and the mid West. I've done train trips across Texas in July. I know what I'm doing and I know what not to do on the trains. I have also did the hobo squatter thang in Europe across 22 countries. I've pretty much hitch hiked everywhere there is to hitch hike in Alaska. I'm faced with a dilemma here. I've been posted up in a ski town, Tahoe, for about a year and a half. I fucking hate snow and I hate being grounded. I got maps, crew change guides for the USA trains, I need to hit the open road or track. I got a car, I don't really care about my personal belongings. Well I got two cars actually but I'm willing to meet up with someone out in the desert where there is no snow. I guess..... Fishing for ideas here. Nothing really stopping me from packing all my worthless shit into one vehicle and taking off with the other. I'd prefer to jump some trains though. With someone.
 
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it means yer intro came off as very generic and copy/pasted to what somebody would assume would make a good impression. the phrases "crew change guides" and "id prefer to jump some trains" come off as somebody who to be blunt, doesnt know what they are talking about.

its totally possible im assuming incorrectly here but when somebody says things like "id prefer to jump some trains though. with someone" theres a word there that kinda sticks out to me as being odd especially by someone claiming to be knowledgeable on the topic.

its not good or bad really, just struck me as kinda suspect. but thats just my opinion what the fuck do i know?
 

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Well if it wasn't for the crew change guide, I'd be lost most of the time.
*facepalm*

I wasent going to chime in here, but that made me want to comment.

Check out some of the train posts on here...THEN talk to some users if you are still interested in going with people.

This:

I know what I'm doing and I know what not to do on the trains. I have also did the hobo squatter thang in Europe across 22 countries. I've pretty much hitch hiked everywhere there is to hitch hike in Alaska
Is VERY suspect to me. You dont have to try to impress anyone on the website or anything. It seems like you are trying to make a case for yourself....and that's just a little weird...

Where are you trying to go? What people are you trying to meet? What experiences are you trying have? What lines do you want to ride.....exactly?

The more specific you are about what you are looking to do, and who you are trying to meet, the easier it is to get positive responses from other travelers.
 

train in vain

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The more i hopped trains the more comfortable i was going alone. Now i prefer it. I guess that aint everyone but someone with your credentials should just go get on some damn trains. Why wait for someone
 

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Lol. I tried really hard not explode on y'all with some negative bullshit. Nice to meet you too.now moving on...
i feel like folks are being a little harsh with you, sorry for that. lake tahoe is beautiful, but yeah, i dunno about living there for an extended period of time. i don't think there's much rail out there either. my advice would be to start out hitchhiking (sounds like you have some experience with that) and then wait till you run into some other train riders (it'll happen eventually).

im curious about your time traveling around europe? do you have any stories to share, maybe with photos? we're always looking for that kind of stuff for the travel stories section.
 

Hudson

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Im near Tahoe, was in Placerville awhile but in Folsom now outside the Sacramento valley. If you are ever passing through message me. I ride my motorcycle around tahoe when the weather isn't freezing.
 

quad8

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Funny that I hopped my first train at the age of 34, but I figured I would leave it at that. I know my way around central and southeast Georgia here in the east if you ever want to try something new. We welcome you aboard, just sit back and relax because that's how I been lately. :)
 

Hudson

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Yes Tahoe is on the Nevada/California stateline.

There are casinos on one side and gentrified woodsy suburbs on the other.

Mind you they are also surrounding/protecting one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes west of the Mississippi. Not to downplay the efforts of the Sierra clubs primary efforts you know.
 

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