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#3203061 - 12/01/13 03:43 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
Tomcat_80 Offline


Registered: 11/21/13
Posts: 88
Loc: North Carolina, U.S.A.
I think if I recall correctly; thats what the movie "First Blood" portrayed John Rambo. I may be wrong, as I have been before.

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#3203109 - 12/01/13 04:26 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 09/25/04
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Loc: Marshfield , MA
Every Serviceman hitched. College kids. None of this being driven around by Mom stuff. I started hitch hiking in the seventh grade. I hitched every where until I got a car. Then I would drive the car to a parking lot by the highway and hitch hike into U Mass Boston. I used to get rides easily and often had repeaters. This was in the 60's and early seventies. I rarely see them anymore except on the Cape. Darn panhandlers with signs are on just about every major intersection going out or into Boston.

About 1965 , my 14 yr old buddy ran away from home> He got to within 20 miles of his destination in CA and got picked up by the cops. A drunken lady picked him up because she was too drunk to drive. He got picked up because the cops knew the car. laugh
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#3203155 - 12/01/13 05:13 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
morepwr Offline


Registered: 01/17/12
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Loc: ventura, ca
Very rarely. And if I do see one, they usually have that homeless look about them. I do remember seeing all kinds many years ago. Often times it was younger men and women who were looking for a ride.

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#3203327 - 12/01/13 08:43 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fsskier]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: fsskier

2. Snowskiers at the bottom of Loveland pass, Colorado and similar locations. Skis over their shoulders, poles in their hand. If you pick them up and return them to the top you will be entertained with tales of high adventure and open terrain mountain skiing. Surely you have a ski rack on your car, not??

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Weird, I was going through the rte 302 "notch" in northern New Hampshire, 10pm, not a soul around. (Left my car running for a bathroom break on the shoulder-- that desolate.) Mid-winter. Driving, find a mountain climber guy in full gear frantically waving for me to stop. No thanks!

The frantic waving screamed wierdo. The gear said, competent enough to make it through the night. The hitch-hiking said, poor planning.

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#3203341 - 12/01/13 08:52 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
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I see it out here from time to time in Washington state. Mostly young folks headed out to hike the Olympics.
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#3203454 - 12/01/13 10:57 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: eljefino]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
It's often "the poors" who pick up hitchhikers, or for that matter, offer jump starts.

Being in need often gives one the perspective required to empathize with others in need. In any event, we do see a few hitchhikers up here. I have helped some in need, since I've been stranded at roadside in the past, and it's not fun in a Saskatchewan winter.
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#3203484 - 12/01/13 11:51 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 07/26/03
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Plenty of hitch-hikers in New Zealand - tourists come and backpack around the country. We lose a few, but they still keep coming.
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#3203516 - 12/02/13 12:50 AM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
xfactor9 Offline


Registered: 02/27/13
Posts: 305
Loc: California
I rarely see them in California... Maybe a couple times per year. But in Texas, I saw them very often. Perhaps a few times per week.

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#3203534 - 12/02/13 01:32 AM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
crinkles Offline


Registered: 05/28/07
Posts: 5538
Loc: Australia
Yes, with their boyfriends hiding behind a tree so they're more likely to get a ride. Pull over and the guy runs up.
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#3203652 - 12/02/13 07:54 AM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: crinkles]
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Registered: 10/12/05
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Originally Posted By: crinkles
Yes, with their boyfriends hiding behind a tree so they're more likely to get a ride. Pull over and the guy runs up.

Yeah, that'd be just my luck, even if I did spot a Nicole Kidman lookalike at the side of the road.
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#3203689 - 12/02/13 08:37 AM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
spackard Offline


Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 1339
Loc: CA
Hillside strangler (two people) kind of killed what was left of it, along with Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker. I remember hitchhiking changing rather quickly around 1978..1982. (I lived in Orange County, CA, then.)

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#3203711 - 12/02/13 09:05 AM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: eljefino]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 7256
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Originally Posted By: fsskier

2. Snowskiers at the bottom of Loveland pass, Colorado and similar locations. Skis over their shoulders, poles in their hand. If you pick them up and return them to the top you will be entertained with tales of high adventure and open terrain mountain skiing. Surely you have a ski rack on your car, not??

fsskier


Weird, I was going through the rte 302 "notch" in northern New Hampshire, 10pm, not a soul around. (Left my car running for a bathroom break on the shoulder-- that desolate.) Mid-winter. Driving, find a mountain climber guy in full gear frantically waving for me to stop. No thanks!

The frantic waving screamed wierdo. The gear said, competent enough to make it through the night. The hitch-hiking said, poor planning.


Funny you state this. I grew up in the Mt Washington valley in the 1980's and always picked up these hitchhikers in full gear. Many were Appalachian trail hikers.

Although it was very atypical at 10pm. I likely would have stopped.

I worked at the local grocery store in high school. One of my coworkers picked up a random guy in dark clothes on side of road with Alpha Romeo Spider broken down at nite on RT302 in maine. The definition of scary. It turned out to be Stephen King which my coworker introduced me to when the author was shopping.
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#3203925 - 12/02/13 12:59 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 13278
Loc: Silicon Valley
Now there's craigslist carpool / rideshare forums, I rarely see people doing a thumbs up hitch hiking.
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#3204085 - 12/02/13 03:53 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: Benzadmiral]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 33135
Loc: Oz
Originally Posted By: Benzadmiral
Originally Posted By: crinkles
Yes, with their boyfriends hiding behind a tree so they're more likely to get a ride. Pull over and the guy runs up.

Yeah, that'd be just my luck, even if I did spot a Nicole Kidman lookalike at the side of the road.


Did I mention the time that I picked up a hitchhiker and went missing for three days ?

Oh yeah, I did... grin grin grin

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#3204350 - 12/02/13 08:30 PM Re: Do you ever see hitchhikers these days? [Re: fdcg27]
UncleS2 Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3202
Loc: Far North East Texas
Someone asked if hitching was popular before the late 1960's & hippies etc.

I would say very popular. Dad said he hitched back/forth from Texarkana to Houston for college holidays, until the car that picked him up one day had a bad wreck while he was asleep in the back seat. He was badly injured himself and lost his athletic scholarship over that(1940's) & needed no more rides to Houston. He also hitched several times while in the Army. My uncle, in the mid 1950's, used to hitch from Texarkana(& later, Winfield, LA) to Arlington, TX & back before he finally got into his real choice- West Point. grin2

As a boy, whenever I was with Dad & the whole family wasn't in the car, he would always stop for a serviceman in uniform. I remember several soldiers, a Marine, & at least one sailor in full uniform. When I went to SFA in the early 70's it was common to see students hitching along the way.

I used to pick up hitchers often, but stopped about 20 years ago. We're sort of off the main tracks here, & don't see that many locally.



Edited by UncleS2 (12/02/13 08:33 PM)
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