Trying to get from Kootenay Bay, BC to Sandpoint, ID (1 Viewer)

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Hey, all. New here, and about to embark on my first solo travel experience.

My first stop is in Kootenay Bay, BC. After that, I'm supposed to catch an Amtrak from Sandpoint, ID to Ashland, OR on April 5. However, I didn't really consider how difficult it might be to hitch/rideshare between these areas before I bought my ticket.

Any thoughts? Am I doomed?
 
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Dude that's only 116 miles, with a pretty major road going between the two. Fly a sign to "Creston, BC" or "SOUTH", get there, then fly a sign from there labeled "IDAHO USA"

You have a border to cross, hopefully you are prepared for that. Anyone crossing the border down the 1 should at least take you to Sandpoint.

You have to be friendly, try to look as clean as you can, no visible weapons, ect. You got this home-dawg! 👌
 

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Just saw this is your first trip solo.

READ THE DRIVERS. Do not get into a vehicle you dont feel comfortable with. Watch out for drunks, hardcore redneck vehicles, lots of people in the car, illegal activity (you are crossing a border, be careful)

Be cool at the border. if you can, try to avoid letting border patrol know you are hitchhiking. Discuss this with the driver before hand and see what they are cool with.

Do not get out in the middle of nowhere, try to AT LEAST get off in a town, if the driver is not going to your final destination.
 
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Dude that's only 116 miles, with a pretty major road going between the two. Fly a sign to "Creston, BC" or "SOUTH", get there, then fly a sign from there labeled "IDAHO USA"

You have a border to cross, hopefully you are prepared for that. Anyone crossing the border down the 1 should at least take you to Sandpoint.

You have to be friendly, try to look as clean as you can, no visible weapons, ect. You got this home-dawg! 👌
Thanks for the tips. Doesn't seem like a very populated area, so I wasn't sure if I'd have much luck. I think I'll still go for it though.
 

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I assume you are trying to travel on a budget. But if you end up in Spokane and want a ride to Sandpoint, I could give you a ride for some gas money. That's a nice drive.
 

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