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Playa del Carmen → Placencia
Hitchhiked by Vilius
Back to the beach
getting out of Playa del Carmen took a while.. thermometer was showing 35C. Getting a ride to Puerto Aventuras and hiking 1km to the beach was definitely something cool.
Rental car to Tulum
rental car employee said he picks up hitchhikers quite often while running rental cars on this road. He didn't even mind me being a bit sandy and wet from swimming recently. In Tulum I searched for a hostel one CS friend sent me to deliver a hug for the owner.
the long wait..
Getting out of Tulum seemed to take forever but finally got a ride to Puerto, i think..
All the wrong ways
A little English speaking archaeologist turned agricultural engineer. I joined him on a searched for this new farm he wanted to buy. We drove around little jungle villages getting all kinds of different directions, finally one policeman told us it's about 2hours away almost near Chetumal. The driver decided to fly there some other day with his ultralight.. I thought how cool… (read on in Trip)
A very little talking furniture trucker was going to Chetumal, I decided to stop in Bacalar as per many recommendations. Bacalar was pretty cool, met an Italian anthropologist, crashed on his couch for a night.
To Cenote Azul
Couple guys going to a fiesta near cenote Azul. Having missed out on diving and swimming in one, I decided I had to go for one. It was very refreshing.
1st pick-up truck!
all the years and kms and only now I get my first ride in the back of a pickup truck! All the way within walking distance to Belize border.
Border to Orange Walk
after about 1 hour of walking through probably the biggest duty free zone in the world, found my way out and got a ride to Orange Walk. Crashed at firefighters, had a few beers with the driver later at night.
AA bus to Belize city
AA as in Alcoholics Anonymous. I guess, one of the safest rides possible, right? Well, the guys definitely weren't drunk. They were on their way to a reunion. Got dropped off near some church with almost rock-concert level music. Stopped by, was very much welcomed, leaving was a bit harder. Got prayed for. Contemplated God and God's proximity on the road. Hiked through shabby… (read on in Trip)
|04 July 2013|
Mala → Mala
Hitchhiked by Vilius
Leaving Lima, ending up at Lima Mayor's beach house
Got out of Lima by a bus and started hitching in Mala, got a ride with Luis who invited us to his beach house. Apparently he was son-in-law of a former mayor of Lima. We also joined neighbor's bbq where we met Lithuania's council's daughter Sybill Paskevicius.
|27 April 2013|
Vilnius → Sankt Peter
Hitchhiked by Vilius
smoking in a fuel truck..
I think it was to my ride to Birzai, scary, stupid and should never do that again – a fuel truck stops (they never stop, they shouldn't and they aren't allowed to) but well this guy is nice, he's bored and it's quite rural road out here. So, we go, fill up some gas station on the way, I learn little tricks of the trade and all other cool stuff. Just one thing – he was smoking… (read on in Trip)
Vilnius -> lake near Rokiskis
On my way to Tallinn (post hh gathering) and general direction to Russia, I stopped by visit a friend near Rokiskis. Getting out of Vilnius in Riga/Panevezys direction was as always easy. (today I would take Moletai route instead though). Got a ride to the center of Ukmerge.
Ukm - Utn
Walked out of Ukmerge, grabbed a bite to eat in local pizzeria with some scary but curious locals. reached Utena.
hh during basketball game in LT
HH during basketball championship in LT proved to be a bit scary – as time was approaching the game start there were getting fewer and fewer cars on the road. I remember being at dusk in the middle of nowhere with still some 80km to go. Already thought about knocking on my previous driver's house and asking if I can join watching the game.. then again, people were expecting… (read on in Trip)
the debut of Moby's hand!
I used some ductape magic and made a hh sign out of foam hand I acquired at Moby's concert in Trakai castle earlier. Maybe my new green hand or more likely being on a village road – rather quickly I get a ride with a couple of grandpas. I think to Rokiskis.
Moby hand - 2 chics in ride!
ok ok, 2 chics was mommy and 4year old daughter, still – improbable ride it seemed: families never stop, women only never stop, family/women combo never-ever stop. Well, there's no such thing as never.. and the driver did find my green hand communicating some playfulness. Anyway, they were picking up their daddy from RIX who's coming back from working on oil rigs somewhere in Norway..
fun but disoriented phys-ed teacher
So, Vilnius-Tallinn route should be a no-brainer, right? go north, make sure don't get sucked into Riga.. Well, so I thought.. next ride was supposed to be till the point where road turns north to Tallinn but.. the teacher was a bit <del>hangover</del><ins>tired</ins> after last night's symposium with colleagues. So, we miss that turn and I end up somewhere in the woods near Cesis.
Tūja is a good for beach houses but not so good for hh
I surprisingly make it back to the seaside highway through the small pinewoods road without much trouble. The phys-ed disorientation added only some 80km distraction and only couple hours, so I continue still with some hope to reach hh post-post-gathering of some kind. Apparently Tūja is very chic place to have a beach house in Latvia and some important people have such…. (read on in Trip)
Posh ride straight to Uus Maalm open house (for all the hairy freaky and otherwise happy people)
This shiny new bmw (545 i think) rolls out of gas station, hesitates for part of a second then pulls over in dusty roadside. The story is: two Estonia brothers flew to Hamburg, bought these two used 2009 cars with an idea of fixing them up and selling in Finland. Problem: one brother had his driver license suspended/revoked/lost/forgotten, so he's riding a few km behind while… (read on in Trip)
Tallinn - Helsinki boat (fail)
While in Tallinn I met quite some people. One of them was Tomi Astikainen who hitched a boat next day to Helsinki, not just a boat but a fast luxury speed boat with Champagne and showers ;] Well, this is what being Tomi, leaving on Sunday and having 2 female companions get you in Pirita. I also meet this stranded Polish truck driver who tells me that there's nightmare in… (read on in Trip)
You do Narva crossing by foot. Easy. I would recommend finding a local CS/journalist to hang out/party up with before continuing =] I did have to hike till the end of Ivangorod and then quickly got a ride to Kingisepp with couple of youngsters.
Kingisepp to SPB
in Kingisepp I started thinking of changing my hh attitude a bit – it's Russia afterall and for example smiling too much can be perceived somewhat negatively. So, I try out a few semi-serious yet pleasant looks ;] Get a ride with an older man returning from his datcha (summer house) after spending a whole week out of city. He's very relaxed… maybe a bit hangoverlaxed. I… (read on in Trip)
|10 August 2011|
London → Algeciras
Hitchhiked by Benjemce
London - Dover
"Hitched" a train from London to Dover by taking to a friendly guard at Euston station.
Dover Ferry to near Lille, France
Tried and failed to hitch a ride onto Calais ferry, bought foot passenger tickets and asked for lifts on board. The only ride we could find was towards Belgium, dropped us at an out-of-town McDonalds near Lille.
|20 March 2009|
Butwal → Bharatpur
Hitchhiked by Bencorno
Freight Truck Hitch
I had just finished a meditation course in nearby Lumbini, and wanted to head East to a town called Janakpur. I was feeling so capable; I had boundless energy. Nepal is such a friendly country and the hitching experience I had had a couple weeks earlier was as easy as it could be, so I figured it would be great again. I was waiting for about 30 mins, laughing and telling buses… (read on in Trip)
|31 March 2012|
Shelby MT → Okotoks
Hitchhiked by Bencorno
I dismounted the AMTRAK in Shelby, Montana, at 5PM planning to hitch home over the next day and a half. Shelby is small (maybe 5000 people) and it was a 3 mile walk to the interstate. About a mile from the interstate, I was picked up by a cool gentleman heading all the way into central Alberta. He could give me a ride all the way to Okotoks!
He was driving a rental car,… (read on in Trip)
|25 April 2012|
Brazília → Madrid
Hitchhiked by Amines
A Czech truckdriver. We even got a hamburger and poms at a gas station.
Rudna - Gas station on D5
a cool Jeep we even rode throug a field
Near Rudna - German border
I was walking on a gas station when suddenly a guy asked me where I was going so I told him I'm heading towards Germany so he simply said come with me. And another hitchhiker joined us then. The guy was a guitar player in a czech alternative rock band called "Vintage Wine"
German Border- Near Wurzburg
A older guy driving a brand new mercedes van with only 56km driven. We got dropped out on a very big gas station where we gor to know a romanian truck driver. We spend the night cooking some instant foods while listening to romanian punk.
Near Wurzburg- Bit further than Wurzburg
The guy we got to know the night before did let us sleep in the back of his truck and in the morning he even drove us to the nearest bigger gas station
Near Wurzburg - Near Frankfurt
After waiting 20 minutes on a cold summer morning an older couple picked us up a they even changed their way and evem more they dropped us like 30km away from their way to go.
Near Frankfurt- Keiserlauten
Another older couple picked us up while we were standing on a on ramp leading from a super small village. Cars were passing by every few minutes but those people were very friedly. Even when they didn't have place in their cars they simply waved at us or just smiled unlike those city inhibatans.
A half Italian half Bosnian guy picked us up after the police stopped by us twice.
St. Avalon- Metz
After we got to st.Avalon we went to an unnamed Mc fast food to fill our bottler with water. We met there people from slovakia. A middle aged guy picked us up and while we were driving and talking he mentioned that he was just about to become a father :)
Near Metz - Near metz
We were walking along the highway to the nearest gas station to find a ride to a on ramp towards paris becouse we were not dropped correctly. While we were walking I luckily found a 5 euro bill. So after we walked to that station a holandian married couple got us a ride for those 4 km that we didn't want to walk anymore ;)
A young guy picked us up on the on ramp and got us a ride up to Paris. We talked a lot during the way. He dropped us on Versailles and got us on the train to Paris. We stayed in paris for two night were we met a russian hitchhiking couple. We got a ticket to every museum in Paris for two days wich we gave to the couple we met becouse we were hitchin out the next day.
Paris- 10km after Paris
An older couple. Got dropped off in the middle of the highway. Tried thimbing. Didn't seem to work so I turned around to grab my bag and there was already a car waiting ;)
Near Paris - 100 before bordeaux
An lady driving a mini cooper in a 160 km/h speed while having an iPad on her knees. She also gave us some sandwiches.
100 km before bordeaux - 10 km before bordeaux
A french family not speaking any of my 5 languages. It was a bit hard to explain them that we need to be dropped on a gas station. But everything went fine. We were dropped on a gas station. I charged my phone there. We went a few meters futher from the highway deeper in the forrest where we picked out my tent and had a nice beauty sleep ;)
10km before bordeaux - 10 km after bordeaux
In the morning we woke up had some snack and started thumbing. A guy picked us up and dropped us off on a gas station.
10 km after bordeaux - Bayonne
A younger couple picked us up. Dropped us in Bayonne. We met a hitchhiker from Estonia on his way to bordeaux.
Bayonne- Spanish border
After waiting a long time throung sun and rain. Finally someone stopped who was capable of picking up two of us. He dropped us on the border where in no time the police told us that it is forbidden to hitchhike there so we ran as fast as we can along the highway so they don't see us on the highway becouse that was forbidden too.
Spanish Border - Tolosa
We came to the first on ramp where Francois was already standing. We started to talk. He was heading the same way as we were and that was Madrid for the WYD 2011. So we hitched there and got a ride to San Sebastian. When things turned out not the way planned
|09 August 2011|