Almost when I was desperate to go home after I'd been abandoned in a trailer with an Amy Winehouse type while "my date" was getting high in the adjacent trailer with her boyfriend. I didn't know that this guy used drugs and found out on this occasion when we were in National Lampoon's Uncle Normie's place in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Eventually I stomped off for the interstate when they showed up high and giddy and told "my date" that I was leaving and had enough. The two guys thought this was pretty comical. "My date" actually caught up me with some point and instead of melting in the desert sun, I elected to ride back with him where we lived in the same apt complex. I learned shortly thereafter that this guy actually jacked a 737 as a Delta mechanic and had been fired. He had told me he was on disability. I didn't stick around after that.
Sure, I did it a lot in my younger days, all over Southern California. Mostly uneventful. Got hit on by a guy once. Said "no thanks" and went on my way.
Spent 6 hours once at an off-ramp in Bakersfield, where I seen a drunk dude stop in his Cadillac, open the door, and drive away with the door open before I could get to the car.
I've walked for hours and hours, especially at night trying to catch rides.
The interesting thing was the nuances - little messages scrawled on the curbs at on ramps by fellow travelers, sleeping in my sleeping bag besides L.A freeways, you know, the countless little things - it was all quite the adventure...
Yes. When there is no taxi and had no choice but to hitchhike back home.
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.
Yeah, as a kid, not recently as I have realized it is to dangerous :p and I got my own car so.
many times. i used to hitch all the time. i've been across Canada 3.5 times hitching . i used to love just taking off and seeing who i would meet along the way.
In highschool I was a big Jack Kerouac fan and having read 'On The Road' decided to forgo the traditional post-graduation trip to Daytona Beach and went hitchhiking with a friend of mine, also a Kerouac fan. We hitchhiked from Cincinnati Ohio, up through Michigan into Canada, around the Great Lakes as far as Ottawa. Then we came back through New York, Pennsylvania southern Ohio and home. The next year we headed west. He paired up with another buddy and hitchhiked to Los Angeles. I went north by bus and hitchhiking to Seattle. We then headed north and south respectively and met up, appropriately in San Francisco - where we made a pilgrimage to City Lights Books.
Many times when I was younger. In 1966 I hitched from San Francisco to L.A. It was very common then. Neat trip wish I could go back and repeat it.
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