September 28, 2003 10:37 AM   Subscribe

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 and third 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.
posted by nthdegx (6 comments total)
Good stuff, thanks nthdegx.

I lament the demise of hitching in the UK, I found it essential when I was broke and young. Now, I drive many miles and rarely see anyone hitching without tradeplates.

I hitched around europe as a young man, does anyone do that anymore?
posted by dash_slot- at 4:30 PM on September 28, 2003

A friend of mine who is in his late 50s used to hitch, in college, each weekend. There was a standing competition with his friends to see who could get the farthest from school and back in time for class on Monday morning. They occasionally got as far as halfway across the U.S.
posted by waldo at 7:01 PM on September 28, 2003

"excellent, excellent"

(but what's a scouse pisshead? a bap?)
posted by amberglow at 7:51 PM on September 28, 2003

a drunkard from liverpool.
posted by nthdegx at 7:56 PM on September 28, 2003

God this takes me back... I was a student when this was taking place and I remember the 'publicity' at the time. Thanks!
posted by plep at 11:42 PM on September 28, 2003

I live in the US. At a "Rainbow Gathering", I took up with a hippy yoga chick driving a VW camper bus and went 3,000 miles across the USA. ( my boss was not pleased.) But it took a bit longer than 24 hours.
posted by troutfishing at 10:41 PM on September 30, 2003

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