I saw a hitcher hiker the other day on my side of the road that had his hand and thumb up to a car coming toward me in the other lane, with no luck there he put his hand and thumb up to me?!? He was going somewhere and didn’t seem to care where or what direction. Read the book “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac, you’ll find that he romanticizes it so much you can’t wait to get out there. It was set during the dustbowl days and it’s the story of a group of young folk who travel all over this great land by hook or by crook visiting friends wherever they find them. Living and sleeping wherever they find themselves. Good read. It’s also been said that the road is better than the inn. I knew a guy who told me he saw the same guy hitch hiking quite often but never picked him up because he didn’t want to feel obligated every time he saw him. I used to hitchhike quite often when I was a teenager, never had an issue. We have actually walked farther away from our destination to start hitchhiking so there was a better chance of getting a ride because of hitchhiking longer. Quite often with no luck you ended up walking to the place you were going anyway. I always debated at what point do you give up hitchhiking and just walk the rest of the way. You don’t want to get picked up and have tell them almost immediately to drop you at the next corner. How embarrassing is that? Hitchhiking is a lost art. There are the guys who just walk along with a thumb flying in the air. Come on hitchhiking is a form of begging and you’ve got to turn around and look forlorn or sad, you know, put some effort into it. Look that driver in the face and connect with him in the split second he’s deciding yes or no. Actually it’s a no going in but you got a second or so to change that with the right expression on your face. A poorly written sign shows effort I guess. Gives the driver the idea that at least you have a goal for yourself. Don’t put the words Vet or Veteran on the sign. People are leery of veterans who wear a lot of camouflage, appear to be somewhat unkempt walking the highways. Groups are bad. Don’t hitchhike with a group. Does it seems like a lot of hitchhikers have guitars and dogs? Although it’s not as exciting or popular as it once was I still have faith it will continue on as a form of travel for the people of lesser means. However all’s not lost for those that traverse this great country of ours because I heard a serial killer once say that there are people he knew who rode around looking to pick up hitchhikers. So there you go.