- 15,028 kms
- 26 min
Average distance of hitchhiked trip: 238 kms
- 26 very good experiences
- 116 good experiences
- 9 neutral experiences
- 4 bad experiences
Type of rides:
- 129 rides with a car
- 24 rides with a truck
- 1 ride with a bus
- 1 ride with a boat
Olympia → Port Angeles
Washington State United States
Got a very cool invitation
After 1h30 waiting, got picked up by a retired man very cool guy. I saw me a first time, didn't stop and made a detour to come pick me up. He was living halfway around Hoodsport and offered to me to spend the night at his house and to drive me to Port Angeles the day after as he wanted to go to see a friend there.
|29 days ago|
San Francisco → Portland
North California United States North California United States North California United States single woman United States North California United States Oregon North California United States North California
Got picked up by an nice indian guy tow truck driver till Petaluma. We listened some good reggae music and talked about music festivals.
Petaluma -> Santa Rosa
In 20 minutes I got picked up in Petaluma to go to Santa Rosa by Carlos who is working in a grocery shop. We talked a lot about life in America and California very interesting conversation. This guy is making his own cider!!!
Picked up by 2 hippies. Very good music in the car. Nice conversation about traveling. The guy spent 1 year traveling in a school bus on the west coast of the US with other hippies. They drove me to Ukiah.
Too picky :/
The gas station from Laytonville is a perfect spot. Hippy town, lots of people propose you a ride but most of them aren't going far. I was expecting to find a direct ride to Eureka or Arcata. But no one was going more far than half way to Garberville. By misunderstanding I refused a ride to Fortuna which is almost in Eureka. But when I asked to the girl where is Fortuna, she… (read on in Trip)
Changing final destination
My objective was to go to Portland, thinking to cut the trip in 3. For the first day I was hoping to reach at least Eureka or Arcata. I arrived late in Garberville. I could see from the start that there was not much traffic through the town at that time and also that a lot of people were hanging out, probably here to trim and try to find jobs in the local farms… So not… (read on in Trip)
Definitely more people are ready to pick hitchhikers on the northern part of California! Refused 3 rides from people going just to the next town. A guy even stopped when I was sitting on the grown having a break eating, not even actively hitchhiking (and no sign). Finally got picked up to go till Laytonville. Californian nice guy, coming from a very big family (9 brothers and… (read on in Trip)
|about 2 months ago|
Los Angeles → San Luis Obispo
California United States California United States California United States California United States California United States
Classical Music Composer
I took the metro and the bus 534 to leave LA and start hitchhiking at the beginning of Malibu. After 45min I got picked up just for few miles by and an interesting man who is a classical music composer.
Got picked up then by a computer engineer. An indian guy very nice. Drove me till Santa Barbara.
In Santa Barbara, a mexican guy picked me up and drove me till Santa Maria. He was very interesting also. Ex-prisoner he is now changing is way of life and has the amazing project to build a house to help people in needs in Michuacan in Mexico. The construction has already started! He made a detour to drop me off more far than where he was supposed to at the beginning.
Small jumps and incredible hospitality
In Santa Maria, a very nice woman stopped and convinced me to come with her for just few miles where she knew there was a better spot to keep going (She was right!!). She gave me her phone number and told me to call her if I could not find a ride and she will come back to pick me up and offered me to stay at her home for the night and then on the morning she will drive me even… (read on in Trip)
I finally got my last ride for the day (I decided not to keep going till SF as the afternoon was already well advanced). A carpenter coming back from work offered me a ride till San Luis Obispo which will be my stop for the night.
|about 2 months ago|
San Luis Obispo → Salinas
United States California United States California United States California
Shaun pickep me up in San Luis Obispo and droped me off in Monterey. Very nice talks, cool HH experience.
After 4h waiting in Monterey, I finally got picked up to go to the next city to Seaside trying to change the HH spot. I got picked up by Kristen a singer. She gave me 1 of her albums (and it's very good music). She offered me to stay at her place in case I was getting stuck again. So nice!
Please don't go to Salinas
I was supposed to HH till San Francisco. But stayed blocked 4h in Monterey/Seaside. Changing HH spot I met 2 other girls from Canada, hitchhiking south. We were talking when a guy stopped asking if we needed a ride. We all jumped and went to Salinas back on the 101.
TO KNOW!! Salinas is very bad, I was really feeling unsafe as a solo female HHer there. If you can avoid it… (read on in Trip)
|about 2 months ago|
San Diego → Los Angeles
California United States California United States Pervert California United States California United States
I started hitchhiking from Encinitas on the ramp on the highway 5 which is technically a good spot with traffic lights and a wide place for cars to pull over at the entrance of the on ramp on the left side. But I guess that the neighborhood isn't very HH-friendly… 45 min for a first car to stop (A father and his daughter), but they were really not going far enough. Then… (read on in Trip)
Not even time to reach the HH spot
After being droped off from my first ride, I was kind of studying the possibilities for the next HH spot. I wasn't even physically hitchhiking (no thumbs up, no sign…) just looking around and a guy at the traffic light opened his window and asked me if I needed a lift! Very nice guy who drove from Dana Point to Laguna Beach and talked to me a lot about this area.
Old mexican pervert (again)
An old mexican stopped to pick me up at the exit of Laguna Beach. When I got in he first touched me the leg and then put his hand on my back and I told him to stop right away. I didn't do it again but his first conversation topic was to know if I liked beaches and if I was wearing tangas… And then he tried to convince me that it was the women's fault if men were harrasing… (read on in Trip)
2 australian sailors
To end this trip I got picked up by 2 very nice australian guys who are sailing around the world. ery interesting people. They drove me till my final point on a metro station in Long Beach.
|2 months ago|
Ensenada → Tijuana
Mexico Baja California
Racist and homophobic
We started hitchhiking at the gas station at the exit of the city. The mexican guy living in San Diego and working in Mexico and the US who picked us up started talking to us and was very racist and homophobic. He did drive us till Tijuana, but it was definitely a very neutral experience concerning conversation topics…
|2 months ago|
Bahía Tortugas → Ensenada
Baja California Mexico police Pervert Baja California Mexico Baja California Mexico Social Hitchhiking
For the last few km to Ensenada, the night was falling, I started to hitchhike close to a gas station. The gas station was on my back and didn't see there was a federal police car behing me (which you usually try to avoid n Mexico). I heard someone hailing me and turn to discover it was a federal policeman in his car… He asked me where I was going and picked me up till… (read on in Trip)
Pervert old mexican truck driver
Got picked up in Bahia Tortugas by an old truck driver. He drove me till Vizcaino, we left at 21:00 and before leaving offered me to sleep in the passenger sit of the truck for the night. I needed to be in Vizcaino before 8am the next morning to catch another ride to Ensenada. He started first to try to put his hand on my leg several times. I was sitting on the right the… (read on in Trip)
On the morning, I had another ride which I call a social hitchhiking ride. I had met a german traveller earlier that month who told she went down Baja with a very cool truck driver. At the end the guy told her that if she needed another ride he was doing Ensenada-La Paz once or twice a week and so she could call him and he gave her his phone number. When I met her she told me… (read on in Trip)
|2 months ago|
|La Paz → Bahía Tortugas 1,231km 1 Baja California Mexico Sailing boat||4 months ago|
|Maneadero → Ensenada 27km 1 Baja California Mexico||4 months ago|
|Ensenada → Maneadero 20km 3 Baja California Mexico Baja California Mexico Baja California Mexico||4 months ago|
|Takehara → Préfecture de Kanagawa, Japon 761km 5 Social Hitchhiking Chugoku japan Chugoku japan Kansai Chugoku japan Kansai japan Kansai japan||5 months ago|
|Nara → Takehara 329km 4 Kansai japan Kansai japan Chugoku japan Chugoku japan||5 months ago|
|Kyōtango → Osaka 166km 1 Social Hitchhiking Kansai japan||5 months ago|
|Miyazu → Kyōtango 62km 2 japan japan||5 months ago|
|Ōtsu → Miyazu 145km 3 japan japan japan||5 months ago|
Takehara → Kobe
Social Hitchhiking Chugoku japan Chugoku japan Kansai Chugoku japan Kansai japan
My host in Takehara offered me to give me a ride to drop me off in a gas station on the highway in the good direction as he had to go for a meeting for his job. That is what I call "Social hitchhiking" :)
Ino picked me up for 30km on the highway. She is a student on her spring break. And was speaking a very good english!
Father and son
After a very long waiting time (The longest in my all hitchhiking experience), a father and his son picked me up on their way back home in Osaka. The father was speaking a little bit english. He offered me some traditional japanese sweets called "Kibi"
2 salary men on the way back to their office picked me up and made a detour to drop me off where I was staying in Kobe. They was speaking few english.
|6 months ago|
Hiroshima → Takehara
Bad experience Chugoku japan
Creepy young japanese
Heavy rainy day. I had just around 50-60km to hitchhike. I decided for once to hitchhike during the afternoon and started around 16:00. I know that it isn't the best time to start and that it is statistically where some people with creepy mind and bad intention can stop, well this one was a perfect example of it.
Nothing happened at the end but I'm deeply persuaded that… (read on in Trip)
|6 months ago|
Itoshima → Hiroshima
Kyushu japan Kyushu Chugoku japan
Itoshima - Koga
A policeman on his day off with his wife and 3 years old daughter. They offered me some coffee :D
Koga - Hiroshima
An mechanic engineer travelling for work (Itoshima – Yamaduchi – Osaka). He picked me up in Koga where he offered me some tea. Then we drove till Yamaguchi where he offered me lunch and where he had to stop for a meeting for an hour (I waited in the car) and then drove me to Hiroshima on his way home to Osaka.
|6 months ago|
|Kagoshima → Fukuoka 288km 2 Kyushu japan Kyushu japan||6 months ago|
|Yomitan → Naha 28km 2 Okinawa japan Okinawa japan||6 months ago|