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In 2007 I began living out of my backpack and hitchhiking around.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Boise, Bend and Beer as Usual

We got an early start leaving Jackson Hole, my family dropped us off just before the pass where a lady heading to Victor soon yielded to our thumbs. Boise was our destination, we were off to a fast start.

Next a couple picked us up heading clear to Idaho Falls, a guy from the Army to Blackfoot was next, then we rode in the back of a pickup truck to the next junction where we got the golden ride, a woman road tripping with her kids who'd be heading right through Boise.

Marilyn took over driving the last leg of the trip, a grateful woman relaxed, enjoying a break from being behind the wheel. Soon enough we were hopping out in downtown Boise, immediately making our way to 10 Barrel Brewing where we pulled up a stool and began sipping beers as we contemplated where we might sleep that night.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jackson Hole Hiking and Tipping Points

Jackson Hole is one of my favorite places on the planet to visit. I went there first when I was just a kid and haven't gone much more than a year or so since then without dropping in since. My uncle grew up there, perhaps the initial excuse for going out there was to see him and my aunt, as well as to go skiing.

In my travels I've put it on my path whenever possible. In fact, in the summer of 2007 when I first decided I wanted to move out of a New York City apartment and into a backpack, Jackson was the first stop. While my family usually flew out to make visits, they'd decided on road tripping instead. To me that was the perfect opportunity, I hitched a ride with them and got myself far away form my starting point, out into America and officially on the road.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Out of Tucson and Short Visit to SoCal

After a half day and then a full day of getting no rides out of Tucson, we were under a third sun hoping things would turn around for us. No longer shooting for Phoenix like we had been, we now were keen to get directly to California, my sister was planning on driving up to Wyoming with a friend and we wanted to catch that ride with her.

Sure enough, an eighteen wheeler came rolling to a stand still, we kicked up dust running up to it and climbing in, he was Phoenix bound. We rode just as far as a truck stop near the Interstate 8 junction, then got ourselves onto the freeway, walking towards the junction to catch the westbound traffic.

A couple of self proclaimed gypsies pulled over before we'd quite made the junction, but they were Phoenix bound as well, all the same we welcomed the good energy coming our way.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hitting a Hitchhiking Wall in Tucson After Mexico Trip

Our time in San Carlos was relaxing, now we were aiming ourselves back to California. My sister was driving from Hollywood to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we wanted to catch the ride.

One quick meal before we were out the door, then quickly hitched our first ride into town from a vacationing family from Juarez on their way to breakfast. In town we hitched our second ride from a guy who owned a restaurant in town, he drove us to the main road to get us on our way. There we got a ride in the back of an enclosed pickup truck, a friendly group who gave us some juice to sip on for the hot ride up to Hermosillo.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hitchhiking Maps Videos

I love Google Maps, it's true. There's many reasons why, but one thing I use it for a lot is to aid my hitchhiking, whether it's choosing a route, changing my route or finding out if there's a place I can camp nearby.

So, I figured out a way to record myself using maps while explaining the various ways I use them to enhance my hitchhiking experience. I've quickly already whipped up four videos, seen below, and plan to do some more.

The videos I've done so far include finding a good initial spot to hitchhike, finding stealth camping, understanding different kinds of roads in terms of where it's ok to walk and lastly one about hitchhiking from Los Angeles to New York City.

I'll do some more on particular routes to explaining the average time it takes and what you could possibly run into along the way. Hitchhiking is unpredictable at times, though, so don't just take it from me, go hitching!

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