Walked around the gas station quite a bit and told myself I take any ride either towards Bratislava or further, whichever came first. If I got a ride to Bratislava then I’d stop over at grandmas to say goodbye and sleep at the SK-H border to start hitching at 4am. I wanted to reach Istanbul from Bratislava within 24 hours. After unsuccessfully talking to a Turkish family (daaaaamn!) and a Bulgarian tow truck (both full), I scored a Bratislava license plate. I told the guy about my plans and his jaw dropped when I talked about Iraq (I actually told him, “guess what, you’re my first ride on the way to Iraq”). Even called his wife to tell her this madness :D Got to Bratislava in time for dinner at grandma’s and then set off for the border. Exactly as I’d planned for a very long time.