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Old 08-04-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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I'm thinking of hitchhiking from where I live in Minnesota to San Francisco Bay Area. I know someone a few people in the area. I don't have a car, but I've always wanted to try walking that distance my whole life. Any suggestions of precautions, and advice? Anyone done anything like this recently? What are best and fastest routes? What are things I should look out for? Things I need to be aware of? All kinds of things like that. My dad is thinking of buying me a small truck but I dont yet have my license
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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What are things I should look out for? Things I need to be aware of?
Murderers, rapists, etc.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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bring along a good hat, a big magic marker and a comfortable pair of shoes.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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A lot of areas have laws against hitching. Not to mention it's simply not safe. Instead hook up wiht someone with a reliable car and license and agree to foot the bil for the gas and drive it with someone you can vet in advance to be sure they aren't a serial killer or someone who would get on your last nerve before you cross the first state line.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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1976, when Cowgirls was first published was the tail end of a different time on the road.
It hasn't gotten better out there since then.

Have fun. Be careful.
But remember that for every actual dharma bum you'll have to pick your way past 1000 regular bums.
Maybe 10,000 all of who passed the "fun to be around" stage a long, long time ago
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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I have just finished reading a book about a guy who hitchhikes across the US for many years. He stated the most problems that he had came from cops, but he made sure to look clean cut and presentable before, and the cops just gave him a warning.

Other than that, he met some interesting people.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Uh ... I think hitchhiking is not such a great idea as you are placing yourself in risky situations where you may find yourself at the mercy of a certified loony tune! Too many crazy folks out there to even risk it especially if you are female.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Listen to this before you go. Something VERY similar happened to me once when I was hitchhiking.


‪Johnny Cash-Chattanooga City Limit Sign‬‏ - YouTube

I really didn't know someone could drive that fast and that drunk.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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There's about a 90% chance when hitchiking that you'll run into a problem or complication that will effect the rest of your life.
I read recently that over 345 bodies are found along the major highways every year. And there are a lot of missing people that haven't been found.
OP, have you thought of contacting one of those drive-away car places. They have customer cars that need to be driven to various destinations. It costs you only for the gas you use. You pick up the vehicle at the agency and drive it across the country to the receiving agency.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:30 AM
 
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I have just finished reading a book about a guy who hitchhikes across the US for many years. He stated the most problems that he had came from cops, but he made sure to look clean cut and presentable before, and the cops just gave him a warning.

Other than that, he met some interesting people.
And he's a guy. Based on the user name and post, I think the OP is at best a teenage girl who doesn't seem very streetwise at all. Definitely not someone who should be hitching across the US.
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