Category Archives: Hitching rides

A disturbing ride

A driver who had given me a ride, dropped me off on a highway at the outer edge of the Minneapolis metropolitan area.  It was late in the evening as I tried to hitch another ride.  At that hour I … Continue reading

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Visiting a Lakota village

As I continued on my trip home from Spearfish, South Dakota, a middle-aged lady with several young men on board picked me up.  She said that she would be going some distance east, but had to make a short stop … Continue reading

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Western hospitality

In Gillette, Wyoming, a guy who said he had a milk delivery route picked me up. “Where are you headed?”  I asked. “Spearfish.  My wife is in the hospital having a baby.” “Spearfish, South Dakota.  Say, isn’t that where they … Continue reading

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A filly helps me out

As I’m standing, at midday, beside the highway atop the Bighorn Mountains trying to hitch a ride, a filly (young female horse) gets curious about me.  She approaches me, from the far side of the highway. As the filly slowly … Continue reading

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No more cars, I hitch rides

When I got to Seattle I found out two game-changing facts: Seattle was the most expensive place in the US for cars.  I could not get a fleet car to take back to Minnesota. What’s more, hitching rides was illegal … Continue reading

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A farewell trip around the US

While working at Hydrospace Research Corporation in the Washington, DC area, the wanderlust really hit me. I had grown up in central Minnesota, gone to college in Minneapolis, visited Chicago twice, traversed the West, lived and worked in Connecticut, spent … Continue reading

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Hitching a ride to Ely

Now I had a problem.  Checking on transportation to Ely, I was told that a small jitney called the Lewis Stage wouldn’t be making the run for a couple of days. I would have to hitch-hike to Ely. My friend, … Continue reading

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Hitch-hiking tales (2)

I was hitch-hiking home from the University.  A ride had dropped me in a town about 30 miles from home.  It was ten o’clock PM, mid-winter in Minnesota, temperature below zero, with a sharp north wind blowing. A well-dressed man … Continue reading

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Hitch-hiking tales (1)

While in college I made many trips by hitching rides.  I just stood by a street or road, holding my thumb out, and people picked me up.  Here are some of my more memorable experiences: A lady picked me up … Continue reading

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Massive mayhem everywhere

Leaving the house of our benefactors before anyone awoke, we flagged a ride back to the car.  The storm had passed.  The sky was bright blue, the sun was brilliant, the air was calm.  Sun dogs hovered on the horizon. … Continue reading

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