On July 27th, the cross Canada journey
will begin in Nova Scotia and make its way to BC as part of an experiment that looks at the interaction between people and increasingly ubiquitous technology.
He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls. Girls who'd run away. Girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl. One night on I-95, she hitched a ride from a stranger and endured the most terrifying moments of her life. Now, years later, she returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to that terror—and the girls who lost their lives to it
- The Truck Stop Killer
"Like most committed crystal meth smokers, when he wants to share his pipe Duze does not take no for an answer."
Clancy Martin, the author of How to Sell and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, is hitchhiking from Kansas City, Missouri, to New York City in order to catch the last day of Christian Marclay's The Clock at the Paula Cooper Gallery. Part I
, Part II [more inside]
is a Baltimore phenomenon that allows citizens to get cheap "illegal" rides across town. A hack indicates they want a ride by motioning their pointer finger towards the ground as they walk along the street. Inevitably a driver will stop, the two parties will negotiate a price and a ride will be given. It is both a dangerous
part of the blighted Baltimore economy.
Luke Vaughn has no car, but he wanted to travel from his home in Eugene, OR to the East Coast for the holidays. So he asked his fellow fans
of the show with zefrank
for a little help. He's becoming the Human Baton
, and with the help of dozens of internet strangers
, he's started his trip cross-country. They're each putting a pin
on his jacket, posting photos
, and blogging it
. Oh, and they're planning meetups
with him all through his route.
Wondering what to do with your disquiet? Check out Protest.Net
and see who's taking it to the streets in your area. Angry, but your town isn't listed? Don't worry, maybe you can find a ride on HitchHikers
. Disgusted, but prefer a more decorous exchange? So do the folks at Progressive Secretary
Starting at 10:00am Tuesday in NYC, these two guys
will be attempting to visit all 50 state capitals in 50 days or less by hitchhiking
. (No word yet on how they're going to get to Honolulu
Despite falling out of fashion in the US in the 1980s, thumbing a ride is still a safe and sustainable
means of transportation, even for female hitchers
, and those who'd rather call it by other names
. Good luck Scotty and Fiddy.
The 24 Hour Hitch.
Howell Parry, a student at Manchester in the early 90s, undertook three fund-raising 24-Hr Hitchhikes with the aim of getting as far as possible. Parry kept logs of his second
trips (the first hadn't been too successful, getting only as far as London). Nomadic Simes, a wandering web designer, presents hitchhiking tips
. See also history's hitchhiking record holders
Arriving in America with only $40 for a short visit, a young Dane, Jacob Holdt
ended up staying over five years, hitchhiking more than 100,000 miles throughout the USA.
He sold blood plasma twice weekly to be able to buy film.
He lived in more than 400 homes - from the poorest migrant workers to America's wealthiest families such as the Rockefellers.
He joined the Indian rebellion in Wounded Knee, followed criminals in the ghettos during muggings, sneaked inside to work in Southern slave camps and infiltrated secret Ku Klux Klan meetings as well as Republican presidential campaign headquarters.
See his work !
Australians! Give Ramon a bed for the night.. 'After almost 8 months of travelling through 13 countries, I took a break back home again in January 2002. Now it's time to hit the road again. I have put my mind on Australia.'
I really enjoyed meeting Ramon last year, and it seems he is ready to hit the road again.. so take a chance, and invite him over. Or if you would rather read the weblog of a guy who has just been attacked by natives in Borneo,
check out Marlow Bidforth's backpack adventure.
Let him stay for a day.
Dutch student and weblogger Ramon Stoppelenburg plans to hitchhike around the world... from one submitted place-to-stay to the next on a no-budget basis. We can vouch for his sanity and wish him safe trip. Why not offer him your sofa for a night?