Hitchhiking trips:

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Uzhhorod → Mali Selmentsi 15km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 2
Alone

Slovak Radio!

Nice guy, his car had Slovak radio turned on!!! I really felt that I was home at that moment, even before I crossed border. Used to work in CZ and now lived in Chop with his wife.

Hungarian guy

Nice local Hungarian guy going to the border. Commended me on my pronunciation of "Jo napot kivanok".

18 days ago
Hanover → Aistersheim 743km Hitchhiked by Vapaakulkuri 5
Two people
18 days ago
Bad Waltersdorf → Großsteinbach 12km Hitchhiked by Stefansupertramp 1
Alone
2 months ago
Bad Waltersdorf → Großsteinbach 12km Hitchhiked by Stefansupertramp 1
Alone
2 months ago
Kolomyya → Tyachiv 192km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 11
Two people

Quiet guy going to the perfect location

After a fairly long wait (for Western Ukraine), we managed to hitch a guy going just to the fork we needed, passing a lot of low traffic and confusing places. Didn't talk at all.

Hitching on a bridge

As in all post-Soviet countries, hitching on a bridge (no matter how insignificant) is for some reason considered a terrible crime. This time, some women told us off a couple of time saying no one will pull over. Just as they gave up, someone pulled over :D Took us a good distance along the Ukrainian-Romanian border. Showed us some ridiculously large houses built by… (read on in Trip)

Opting for the marshrutka

As it was getting a bit late (we'd waited more then expected along this route), we decided to call it a day in Tyachiv (one of 4 county towns in this former Czechoslovak province btw) and opted for a marshrutka all the way to Uzhhorod.

21 days ago
Chisinau → Kolomyya 398km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 11
Two people

Coffee machine repair guy

Buys us coffee and we talk a bit.

Moldovan Officer

Nice lady who took us to the border at a fairly dead road. One of two female drivers on this entire trip.

Marshrutka takes us for free

Guy from Marshrutka yells at us to get in at the border. I explain we’re hitching, but he says no problem :)

22 days ago
Coolangatta → Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia 290km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 3
Alone
5 months ago
Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia → Brisbane QLD, Australia 421km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 1
Alone
6 months ago
Raymond Terrace → Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia 360km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 1
Alone
6 months ago
Canberra ACT, Australia → Sydney NSW, Australia 282km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 1
Alone
6 months ago
Glenrowan → Canberra ACT, Australia 431km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 4
Alone
6 months ago
Melbourne VIC, Australia → Glenrowan 202km Hitchhiked by Maddythewanderer 4
Alone
6 months ago
Kryvyi Rih → Odesa 287km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 6
Alone

Terrible location

Guys in a delivery van who finally picked me up after a pretty the longest wait on this trip. I actually took a marshrutka to a different spot along the way to get to this on. Wait is cumulative for both spots.

Badass Trucker

Really tough trucker who used to be a soldier. Told me many stories, especially about he was a UN peacekeeper on the Israeli-Lebanon border. Drove via fields rather than roads again.

Sales Rep for Coke

Cool guy who worked for CocaCola. We talked a lot about our lives and traveling. He talked especially about how employment in Ukraine was extremely underpaid. Finally a proper shitty Ukrainian road experience, as we drove through the fields rather than on the pavement. Saw a guy destroy a small tree (and his hood) while trying to overtake an old driver.

Cargo shipping agent

Really neat guy from Odessa, who was returning home from some exam in Kherson. There was a lot of people trying to get a poputka (post soviet paid hh), but most took a marshrutka once it turned up. He used a lot of English words, but preferred to talk in Russian. Talked a lot about traveling and his newborn. Bought me coffee at a very futuristic Socar gas station.

27 days ago
Dnipro → Kryvyi Rih 145km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 3
Alone

Long wait, short ride

Another long wait getting out a city in Ukraine… The western I got, the longer the times… This guy picked me up because I reminded him of some friend, so he actually turned around.

Cop Blocker without a Plate

Guy in a ridiculously low suspension on his BMW, which had no license plate. Low suspension is cool, but not on Ukrainian roads. Had to stop multiple times to check if he hadn't destroyed his car. Worked in some MLM scheme, which he referred to as life insurance, however, he seemed to suggest that the way it worked was you'd pay in and then get a payout at the end with some… (read on in Trip)

27 days ago
Kharkiv → Dnipro 226km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 2
Alone

Marshrutka

Finally in a somewhat reasonable spot and after a long wait, I hitch a van which is not obviously a marshrutka, once I approach it becomes obvious and I tell the driver that I'm hitching. He sighs and says "get in". Direct ride to Dnipro.

Donbass family

After a pretty long wait, I finally hitched a father with his little daughter, however, they were going in the wrong direction. I still asked for a short lift to what I though might me be a better spot. They were from Debalceve, which is right on the front line. Told me a lot of people from there resettled in Kharkov. It quite sobering to talk to someone who had lived in a war zone.

28 days ago
Cizre → Diyarbakır 245km Hitchhiked by Niklaaavs 3
Two people
30 days ago
Duhok → Zakho 39km Hitchhiked by Niklaaavs 1
Two people
about 1 month ago
Voronezh → Kharkiv 327km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 7
Alone
about 1 month ago
Saratov → Voronezh 504km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 3
Alone

The Caucasian

Nice Lezgin guy who was born in Azerbaijan. He seemed a little too nice, so I became a bit suspicious. He topped it with "Are you gay?" when I told him I had no girlfriend, so I thought "Ok, here we go" and said "No." He actually surprised me and said "Good, there's a lot of them in the West". I told him I thought it was the same everywhere, regardless of the place, but in… (read on in Trip)

The Almaty Russians

An ethnically Russian family moving to Voronezh, having taken advantage of Putin's resettlement program for ethnic Russians. They got a grant for which they bought an apartment and left their old life in Almaty behind. Had a very long conversation with the dad (I sat with him in their van with their dog, while his wife and son drove their second car) about everything, but… (read on in Trip)

about 1 month ago
Uralsk → Saratov 438km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 7
Alone
about 1 month ago