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View Poll Results: Have You Ever Done Any Of These?
Hitchhiked 48 76.19%
Hopped a Freight Train 7 11.11%
Runaway from Home 15 23.81%
Been Homeless by Choice 5 7.94%
None Of The Above, but Thought About It. 13 20.63%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-18-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Hitchhiking was normal in Martha's Vinyard :
Yeah my grandma had a place in S'conset and we used to hitch into town on Nantucket.

I hitchhiked as a kid in Colorado/Wyoming (sometimes with a friend, but mostly alone) and it was probably stupid but I was lucky. Only ever met nice people.

Hitchhiking in western Europe was and still is different, much more acceptable. I was with a friend and we were okay though one guy in Spain got a bit fresh.

I never was tempted to do any of those other things.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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I am ineligible to vote. I have never done any of the above nor thought about them.

If I can't travel safely, I stay home.
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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There is a technique involved with hopping trains. It can be very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Another thing that killed train-hopping was the development of a Hobo Gang that went around killing the independent riders. I think the gang is gone now, but you heard a lot about them throughout the 1990's.

hopping trains? omg
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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During World War II and for several years thereafter, until about the Vietnam era, sevicemen in uniform hitchiked, and had little trouble getting a ride. I did it occasionaly during my Navy days when I did not have bus fare or before I had a car, as did many of my shipmates. Today not often do you see a man in uniform, and seldom still are they hitchiking.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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hopping trains? omg
My father did it routinely.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I used to hitchhike all the time when in high school, until I was old enough to drive and got a car. Mostly we were picked up by hippies in VW buses (this was 1966-67 in the San Francisco area).
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:59 PM
 
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I hitchhiked often from Burlington VT to Boston in the early / mid 90s. Never an issue.
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Hitchhiked, yes,............................legally.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Hopping Freights is a lot different these days than it was over a decade ago. No matter, I think you may find this book one interesting read:

Hopping Freight Trains In America by Duffy Littlejohn

Thanks for that link, I'll check it out!
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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hopping trains? omg

I have seen several girls that hop freights; in fact, I was out walking in the Lower Town area of St. Paul when a young (early 20's) female Hobo asked me for directions and wanted to know the mileage estimate to get to her destination. I happened to know the answer to both questions! She had her backpack with sleeping bag roll on top and was cute but quite dirty from the rail car ride.
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