I once read a biography about Hunter S. Thompson that included photos, and one of the things that I found the most fascinating was when he converted an old metal gas can into a suitcase, and used that to hitchhike around the country.People saying Nebraska, Ohio, etc. There's a trick to hitching through the heartland... You need a gas can.
If you've got a gas can nearly anyone will pick you up! Nobody likes to run outta gas, so the folk are conscientious like that. Without one, well, you're just a hitchhiker and they don't like to encourage that. Gas can means you're going somewhere!
I actually ran out of water—twice—walking 94 in Montana.Almost ran outta food and water.
I actually ran out of water—twice—walking 94 in Montana.
The first time, it was early evening, and I got off the interstate to walk the three miles to the nearest gas station. As I was chilling under the overpass, a couple in an RV kicked down a gallon. I started heading toward the gas station for another, but decided I'd rather get back on the interstate and make miles. Bad move.
Early the next day, I was already down to a quarter-gallon. By the time Luckily, I happened to spy some cardboard blown into the freeway fencing. I pulled out my trusty marker and made up a sign reading "WATER." It took another ten minutes of walking with that sign for a trucker to pul
Luckily, I happened to spy some cardboard blown into the freeway fencing. I pulled out my trusty marker and made up a sign reading "WATER." It took another ten minutes of walking with that sign for a trucker to pull over and leave a couple bottles of Gatorade and a grip of water along the shoulder ahead of me. I have never pounded anything quicker—I must have downed four 16 oz. bottles of water in 45 seconds flat. (So quickly, in fact, that I briefly went blind.)
GENIUS! Way to utilize your trusty marker!!
Florida really sucksSo my experiences in long distance hitching with strangers isnt that long yet (but my how thats rapidly changing). Either or ive been told kansas is one of the hardest places to get through and its almost worth going north to nebraska. Any input advice stories or side effects are welcome. I think this should be a good thread to add to the bunch.
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