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cixcell

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Considering hitchhiking from mesa arizona to florida. I have more friends in florida and none in arizona so I am kinda stuck and despite trying to immaculately clean their home my friends gf wants me out and she controls him. So I'm getting pushed out while the world is in chaos. advice? i know you old souls have alot of combined experience. I am a rookie who was formerly a tech worker.
 
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Bushpig

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Pack light.
Be (or at least look) as clean as possible.
Expect to walk a lot. Plan for it unless you don't mind staying in one spot for a while waiting for a ride.
Don't do ANYTHING without the driver's permission. Ask before rolling window, smoking, taking your shoes off, etc.
If a driver wants to talk, talk. That's a very fair payment for a free ride. If they want silence, don't bother them.
Don't be afraid to turn down a ride if you have bad vibes.
Most truckers drive for companies. Companies don't allow passengers, so very few will pick you up.
Lots of water! Lots of calories! If you're walking a lot with a pack, you'll need these!
Walking the interstates makes it easier to get a ride, but it's illegal. Weigh the risk. You WILL have cops pull you over. If you have problems with authorities, don't bother. You WILL see them. They'll usually drive you to an exit or a truck stop/gas station if you're able to keep a cool head.

I'm bored of writing this. If you have specific questions, ask and either me or someone else will happily answer.

Good luck!
 

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Some places are more stricts than others. Bring your smile, be optimistic. Lots of water. A sign can be useful but i dont carry one for some reasons. Cops will tolerate you in highway entries (sorry my english), but not directly on freeways.
 
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Can always give ride-sharing a try on Craigslist. Mesa to Florida is actually a pretty common run for a lot of dessert hippies. A little late but lots of people head that way after the gem shows.
 

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We have VERY very many resources on hitchhiking in this 'hitchhiking' forum. Look through it. I know for a fact most of your questions can be answered here.

Use the 'search' feature via the search icon at the top of the page....and use the 'advanced search' feature for more specific content, where you can search the 'hitchhiking' section for any questions you might have.

Good luck! Other users have posted great information in response to your post.
 

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Considering hitchhiking from mesa arizona to florida. I have more friends in florida and none in arizona so I am kinda stuck and despite trying to immaculately clean their home my friends gf wants me out and she controls him. So I'm getting pushed out while the world is in chaos. advice? i know you old souls have alot of combined experience. I am a rookie who was formerly a tech worker.
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besides using the search function and what others have mentioned....i will add - try to find a good spot for the driver to drop you off at ahead of time. not every driver that picks you up has hitchhiked before or knows what it's about, and they might try to drop you off at a deserted spot or one that has a shitty on ramp, and then you're stuck.
 

WanderLost

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besides using the search function and what others have mentioned....i will add - try to find a good spot for the driver to drop you off at ahead of time. not every driver that picks you up has hitchhiked before or knows what it's about, and they might try to drop you off at a deserted spot or one that has a shitty on ramp, and then you're stuck.
Ya people not knowing how hitchhiking works is probably the most frustrating part about it imo.

Turn down rides going short distances if youre in a good spot with lots of traffic and a place for people to pull over.

If youre in a shitty spot then its the opposite and any miles help.
 

WanderLost

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Ewwwww. Hitchhiking is fine. If I, a colored guy, could get rides from racist Trump supporters ("I'm not racist. Three only people I have a problem with are the ragheads."), then anybody can.
Ya prob true. Just felt like bein a smart ass lol.
 

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