Get to know the people you might pick up some day! We had a conversation with a hitchhiker via the website Hitchwiki.org.
Highway Walkers: Hello! Thanks for talking with us, what's your name?
Kyle: Kyle. But on Hitchwiki.org I'm thewindandrain.
HWW: When did you start and why?
Kyle: I started hitching regularly in 2011 as a way to get around the country and learn about it without needing money. It opened my eyes to the fact that travel need not be something reserved for people with lots of money.
HWW: What's the longest individual ride you got?
Kyle: Glacier view Alaska to bakersfield California. (Just over 3200 miles - around 59 hours)
HWW: How about the longest trip you took?
Kyle: I have been hitching nonstop for over a year now but in the past I used to hitch for about 6 months at a time.
HWW: What's your best experience thus far?
Kyle: One of my favorite rides was a man who Picked me up in Ohio and drove me to a small airport then flew me to the next town in his airplane. He encouraged me to steer the plane in the air which ended up being very relaxing and fun.
HWW: Any advice for first timers?
Kyle: Hitchwiki.org is the best place to start along with the sidebar in reddit.com/r/hitchhiking. My best advice would be to avoid coming up with reasons not to go; it doesnt take much.
HWW: Very true. And for the nervous, any safety tips?
Kyle: Wear a seatbelt and know that if you ride in the bed of pickup trucks you forfeit control of the situation with the driver versus riding in the passenger seat.
HWW: Any tips for people picking up hitchhikers?
Kyle: Realize that a reasonable assumption is that the hitchhiker you see is just a person asking for a ride, not a murderer. If the person has a backpack and is obviously traveling, picking them up is usually safe.
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