I've hitched hiked many times, but this was way back in the 1950s when it was commonplace and almost an accepted thing to do. I used to hitch hike out into the countryside to go shooting, would you believe, carrying my rifle an amunition - could you imagine that today! And I never failed to get a ride.
As a young sailor in uniform I hitched hiked from Sydney to Melbourne (around 500 hundred miles) being picked up by a car, then a big interstate truck then another car. Took me only about 15 to make the trip. The trucker even bought me a hamburger.
Another time me and another sailor (both in uniform) hitchhiked from Sydney to Brisbane, which is even further than Melbourne from Sydney. We left in the afternoon. We were in Brisbane not long after dawn.
In those days - before people started to sue the driver if the car was involved in an accident, and when armed-hold ups were literally unheard of, it was a very trusting world (in Australia anyway) That's all gone now, of course. But I'm glad I was able to experience it.