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11. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Quoting Dodger

Quoting DaveinMD

I think it's safe to say that hitchhiking in the States is probably dead forever. I come from an era when it was very common, particularly around colleges or on the interstates. I used to pick them up all the time. But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

Its certainly dead with that attitude. Its sad that its people like you that have killed it. You in particular who have experienced hitch hiking and yet now you've been brain washed into thinking everyone is out to kill you. Do you really think there are more killers out there than there were when you use to pick people up? Whats changed, them or you? Those people you saw on the side of the road. You judged them in an instant and were biased with your fear. How many recent reports have you read about people that picked someone up and were killed? And don't include the last movie you saw were it happened, movie's aren't real.

Its ironic that here we are on a travel forum, and at the heart of experiences you have traveling are the people you meet. Its the people that you would have never thought of, or had the opportunity to meet that are usually the ones you learn the most from and that open your mind to all sorts of new ways to look at things.

Hey let's get something straight, I did nothing to kill hitchhiking. I stopped picking up college kids or young travelers when they stopped showing up on the side of the road. Your post is judgmental, unfair, and it pissed me off. Maybe if you lived in the States you would know what you are talking about instead of shooting from the hip as you did. This isn't 1980 anymore and the fact is picking up hitchhikers is no longer as safe as it once was. And I'm hardly the only person to feel this way.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Dec-2010, at 03:51 by DaveinMD ]

12. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting DaveinMD

But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

Wait who is being judgmental!!?

Quoting DaveinMD

Hey let's get something straight, I did nothing to kill hitchhiking. I stopped picking up college kids or young travelers when they stopped showing up on the side of the road. Your post is judgmental, unfair, and it pissed me off. Maybe if you lived in the States you would know what you are talking about instead of shooting from the hip as you did. This isn't 1980 anymore and the fact is picking up hitchhikers is no longer as safe as it once was. And I'm hardly the only person to feel this way.

Urr I do live in the States, or at least I was until 2008 and the last time I picked up a hitch hiker was Feb 2008, and look wow I'm still alive. Sorry you are pissed off, that usually happens when something strikes close to home and you realize you are living your life in fear, fear of yourself. Ok good glad we got that straight! :)

13. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Quoting Dodger

Quoting DaveinMD

But sadly now I must admit that when I see the rare hitchhiker (and I do mean RARE) I always pass them up because, frankly, pretty much the only people who hitchhike now are people you don't want in your car.

Wait who is being judgmental!!?

Quoting DaveinMD

Hey let's get something straight, I did nothing to kill hitchhiking. I stopped picking up college kids or young travelers when they stopped showing up on the side of the road. Your post is judgmental, unfair, and it pissed me off. Maybe if you lived in the States you would know what you are talking about instead of shooting from the hip as you did. This isn't 1980 anymore and the fact is picking up hitchhikers is no longer as safe as it once was. And I'm hardly the only person to feel this way.

Urr I do live in the States, or at least I was until 2008 and the last time I picked up a hitch hiker was Feb 2008, and look wow I'm still alive. Sorry you are pissed off, that usually happens when something strikes close to home and you realize you are living your life in fear, fear of yourself. Ok good glad we got that straight! :)

I'm not going to clutter the board getting involved in a pissing contest with someone I don't know so I'll just walk away shaking my head.

14. Posted by heyyo01 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

I hitchhiked across the US in the 70's and 80's - hadn't stuck out my thumb in years however , a fall while backpacking in New Mexico forced me to gimp 15 miles out of the Manzano Wilderness to US Hwy 60 in October of 2010 . Stck out my thumb , waved at all who passed , 30 minutes later I had a great ride 70 miles to a clinic , Denny's and a motel ! Having a sign w/ destination definitely helps , be clean as possible , SMILE , be patient and carry a good attitude .

15. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting heyyo01

I hitchhiked across the US in the 70's and 80's - hadn't stuck out my thumb in years however , a fall while backpacking in New Mexico forced me to gimp 15 miles out of the Manzano Wilderness to US Hwy 60 in October of 2010 . Stck out my thumb , waved at all who passed , 30 minutes later I had a great ride 70 miles to a clinic , Denny's and a motel ! Having a sign w/ destination definitely helps , be clean as possible , SMILE , be patient and carry a good attitude .

It's a great experience eh? both in the giving and the receiving. I always feel good about helping someone out, and in this computer age, Ive made lasting friendships just from picking someone up hitch hiking. Glad to hear things worked out for you.

I was out in cycling in the Aussie hinterlands and broke the rear derailleur with no way to fix it. I was out there with no water left and starting to worry, but the first guy that came by was a young kid in his souped up boy racer car. He fought his massive speakers to make room for my bike and carried me all the way back to a train station way out of his way.

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