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A Guarda → Baiona 27km Hitchhiked by Landseasky 1
Alone
5 months ago
Sulaymaniyah → Shaqlawa 147km Hitchhiked by Niklaaavs 6 1
Two people
4 months ago
Aksay → Uralsk 152km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 3
Alone

Old teacher

Nice old lady (the only female driver on this entire trip so far, ie. in almost 10k km) who spoke such clear and slow Russian that I understood almost every word. As a geography teacher, she actually knew the difference between Slovakia and Slovenia! She was going home from a dacha and we had a really nice conversation about Kazakhstan and fruit. Although she was ethnically… (read on in Trip)

Kazakh trucker

Really nice trucker from Atyrau. Picked me up at a restaurant/truckstop as he saw me hitching. Wanted to pay for a melon I bought on the way, but I didn't let him.

4 months ago
Orenburg → Aksay 179km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 3
Alone

Gazik

Nice Russian guy in a former military minivan (gazik). Gave me lots of food and fried fish!

Kamazista

Nice trucker in a kamaz who took me most of the way. His cabin was one of the messiest I've ever seen. Really liked Putin

The guy from Aksay

Took me all the way to the border, which I crossed on foot, and had worked in Aksay all his life. Knew a lot about companies who helped build it and told me a lot of information I would otherwise have a hard time finding out. I was looking for buildings built by my grandpa and he showed me all the ones built by Czechoslovak companies. Even knew Nitra. Drove me to the "Czech… (read on in Trip)

4 months ago
Allensbach → Berlin 786km Hitchhiked by Dannydelion 5
Alone
4 months ago
Berlin → Allensbach 769km Hitchhiked by Dannydelion 4
Alone
5 months ago
Brunswick → Hanover 65km Hitchhiked by Vapaakulkuri 1
Alone
4 months ago
Reykjanesbær → Reykjavík 48km Hitchhiked by Dadzios 1
Alone
5 months ago
Legazpi City → Ormoc 488km Hitchhiked by Cedricqui 6
Alone
5 months ago
Hanover → Brunswick 79km Hitchhiked by Vapaakulkuri 2
Alone
4 months ago
Brisbane QLD, Australia → Cairns QLD, Australia 1,680km Hitchhiked by Cedricqui 6
Alone
9 months ago
Zhosaly → Orenburg 1,181km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 7
Alone

Old guy in a zhiguli

Older guy in a zhiguli going home from work. Had a good conversation about old Soviet cars.

Longest truck ride

One of the longest rides I've ever hitched. It was a Kazakh guy going to Moscow delivering melons. He was really nice and we talked about so many different things. He was quite religious, but did not mind me being an atheist. We went through an incredibly crappy patch of road where his trailer broke, so we spent some time replacing screws. Once he parked to sleep, I collected… (read on in Trip)

Good soldier Švejk

I was wearing my beige, somewhat military looking shirt and this guy pulls over and says "I look at you and I think: Good soldier Švejk!". Little did he know I was from Slovakia :P Nice trucker, quite educated.

Uzbek trucker

Neat Uzbek guy, really friendly. Wanted to go live in the US.

5 months ago
Dokan → Sulaymaniyah 69km Hitchhiked by Niklaaavs 2
Two people
4 months ago
Spatayevo → Zhosaly 539km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 4
Alone

Trucker

Nice Trucker who gave me a Kazakh souvenir (plastic hand). Wanted to give me a giant Crocodile Dundee knife, which I'd really wanted, but considering I'd pass via 7 more border crossings, I politely refused.

5 months ago
Tashkent → Tortkol 212km Hitchhiked by Uncle_sam01 5
Alone
5 months ago
San José del Cabo → San Ignacio 807km Hitchhiked by Babyspinach 16
Alone San Jose del Cabo - Puerta Cabo Puerta Cabo - Camino Cabo Este La Fortuna - Cabo Pulmo Cabo Pulmo - Santiago Camino Cabo Este - La Fortuna Santiago - Rancho San Dionisio Rancho Burrera - Todos Santos Todos Santos - La Paz La Paz West - North La Paz - Loreto Truck #3 Mulege Mulege(ish) - Loma Azul Mulege - Santa Rosalia Santa Rosalia - Volcan Las Tres Virgenes Turnoff Santa Rosalia - San Ignacio Volcan Las Tres Virgenes Turnoff - Santa Rosalia

Wrong turns

Going in the direction of the Oxxo is normally a good plan, unfortunately this one lead me to a few kms backtracking on foot in the heat, due to no fault of the drivers.

Canadian Concern

An older Canadian couple who had emigrated to Mexico kindly offered to drive back at sunset to check i'd got a lift. At that point, sunset was about 8 hours away. Bless.

Fisherman try driving

Two men who had fished together around Los Cabos every year for over 20 gave me a ride to Cabo Pulmo after their boat broke down. In 20 years they had never driven the road! They were very generous with their snacks and taught me a heap about the fish in the Sea of Cortez.

Breakdown / Solution

This was actually two rides – one in the back of a pickup that promptly broke down after the tyre all but fell off. After offering moral support for a while, two Brazillian women who had been on a diving trip I'd done drove past, and drive me right to the centre of Santiago to get provisions for a Sierra La Laguna traverse.

Breezes and Burros

Riding through the desert in the back of a pick-up for an hour or so was fantastic, even better when the drivers stopped for me to pat some inquisitive burros.

Lucky trailhead ride #1

Nearing sunset I thought it unlikely to get a ride up the 20km no-through dirt road to the start of my hike that day, but I was wrong! A former park ranger and his older friend went out of their way to drop me right at the trailhead, stopping to take photos at lookouts on the way, and then stopping at a friend's place. Said friend had a garden bursting with summer fruits, and… (read on in Trip)

Lucky trailhead ride #2

After finishing my traverse of the sierra I was resigned to walking the 18km unused dirt road to the highway. Despite not encountering anyone else on the walk, a car was there waiting for some uni students to finish up their hike. They arrived about an hour after me in the dark, and their ride gave me a lift to the highway. I got a shower and a hostel bed that night and was very grateful!

Radical nurse

A beautiful older woman gave me a ride, her spirit of adventure was just boundless and she said she was always so happy to see women hitching. She worked with women experiencing domestic violence, ran climate change campaigns in her town and was generally the absolute bomb.

A quick crosstown ride

Private Jet Pilot

A group of Canadian and Scottish immigrants to Mexico driving in two cars – I landed with the pilot driving his zippy mercedes solo at speeds previously unknown to me in Baja. We stopped for lunch and they all bought me snacks (read – lunch and dinner) for my journey. Really sweet dudes.

Loreto - Mulege (almost)

Another exhausted truck driver decided he couldn't do it anymore about 6km out of Mulege at 10:30pm. Just short of the mark of my goal for the day – but I was glad he got any rest at all.

Policia

The municipal policeman was fairly unamused at my 10:30pm hitching efforts but gave me a lift right to where i was camping.

French tourists going for a drive in a torrential storm. It was pleasant to be encased in a car during the thunder and rain, and we had a lot of music in common.

Truck #4

Driver already had two hitchhikers stuffed in his cab, but was kind enough to take a third.

El fin

A last hitch to stay somewhere with a roof over my head and recuperate, with a couple of american friends in the leopard-print van. They had a very long hitchhikers log!

Me and my cactus spikes decided to take a bus the rest of the way to Tijuana, but I reckon Baja is a hitchers paradise, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. As a solo woman I experienced no weird, no… (read on in Trip)

In which I frantically try to flag down a car at night while covered in cactus spikes

After a hike gone awry and one of the most unpleasant 15km of my life after falling on a cactus, I was in shock, in pain, bizarrely dehydrated and entirely desperate to get to town. I unceremoniously drank bottle after bottle of the driver's water, and he dropped me at the hospital where late-night cactus removal was performed.

5 months ago
Guadalupe → Cabo San Lucas 1,562km Hitchhiked by Babyspinach 16
Alone La Paz - Camino Real Punta Lobos (Todos Santos) - Pescadero la cetto - adobe guadalupe winery adobe guadalupe winery - el valle RV park Carreterra - Ensenada Buenavista Canon - San Tomas carreterra - la cetto winery San Tomas - Pedro San Martir turnoff Pedro San Martir Turnoff - San Quentin San Quentin - Guerrero Negro Guerrero Negro - Loreto Loreto - La Paz Playa Balandra - La Paz Camino Real - Todos Santos La Paz - Playa Balandra Pescadero - Cabo San Lucas

NGO worker & dog get me out of town

Excellent lefty working on mutual aid & capacity building projects got me out of the hitching hell (comparative to the one road in most of Baja) that was La Paz (in reality there were no bad hitching places, i was just totally spoiled). Another story of friends made on the road :).

The Frenchman concerned about the wildlife

This was the first of rides where I had to refuse to speak french with the driver due to my fear of speaking Franish for the rest of my trip. He had moved to Pescadero with his three cats, but they kept playing with scorpians, and he was concerned enough about their wellbeing and his inability to keep the scorpians out that he was thinking of moving home.

Solicited winery ride

Whoever said you can't hitch your way around Valle Guadalupe was wrong! A nice Californian couple who made their own wine north of the border gave me a ride and some USD 'for emergencies' to my next desired wine tasting destination. It all felt rather indulgent, in the most delightful way!

the BEST winery ride

Met a delightful young bilingual couple who had family between San Diego and Tijuana. We drank wine and then they took me to eat utterly delicious seafood nearby and dropped me off at my camping spot. #1 of the rides I definitely wish to keep in touch with, and isn't that the beauty of the whole experience? still feel so very lucky for this one.

The real journey begins

a short and sweet ride into Ensenada with a hotel worker.

Farm detour #1

Caught a bus out of Ensenada for half an hour after camping on Playa Hermosa, as recommended by some fellow hitchers camping there. A fruit and vegetable wholesaler took me with him to drop off some invoices at a truly verdant rancho. He left me with the most divine table grapes and tomatoes for my onward journey, and gave me my first taste of Banda music.

unexpected winery ride

A ride before I'd even started hitching! A ranchero saw me walking along with my backpack and dropped me to my destination just a few km away.

To the stars!

Some of the most interesting people I got a ride with – two of the astronomers from the Pedro San Martir national observatory.

Got shouted at by a fairly nasty US citizen about how stupid i was for hitching while waiting – it comprised the worst hitching experience of the trip!

Mango Mania

Two city workers and a whole lot of mangoes comprised this short but juicy ride.

Truck #1

We had a fair bit of trouble understanding each other, but we shared a lot of snacks and the introduction to banda continued. A delightful first long ride through the desert. Hopped out in Guerrero Negro just as the sun was setting and camped by the road.

Truck #2

Started my journey in the arvo after a morning of wandering the salt works etc. The biosecurity officers at the checkpoint on the Baja California and Baja California Sur state line helped me snag another truck south. The mystery of why their are so many memorials on the highway was explained after hearing that my driver Oscar had been driving for 18 hours and was expected to… (read on in Trip)

why you gotta throw so many beer cans out the window?

Four men on a weekend away together heading home to their families. Picked me up before i'd even started thumbing. They were OK but throwing so much rubbish out the window and also just getting increasingly pissed. It was an uneventful ride overall and they dropped me right in downtown La Paz even though it was out of their way.

Bears!

Two delightful men from Jalisco gave me a lift back into town and extolled the virtues of visiting their state when my girlfriend arrives 3 weeks later. They were super fun and I'd love to go visit.

Farm detour #2

A pipe supplier takes me to a farm positively dripping in mangoes and papaya to deliver a trailerload of pipe fittings. I got to see a beautiful part of Todos Santos I never would have known about!

Boat offerings and a whole lot of dogs

Headed out to Playa Balandra to camp and snorkel; caught a ride with a sailor and fellow hitcher who said he earns enough by giving a couple of 'motivational talks' (aka total bullshit) to corporate firms each month, to keep him and his dogs and his boat. Offered for me to come for a sail around Espiritu Santu with them. I declined but would have jumped at the offer if I was… (read on in Trip)

"You can't be American, we're not that brave"

A Mexican-American father and adult daughter picked me up and went out of their way to drop me in the centre of Cabo. They were amazed but also nonjudgemental of a solo woman hitching. The daughter at the end told me I'd inspired her to try something new or go somewhere by herself. I hope she does. One to make the heart a bit squeezy.

5 months ago
Poznań → Solkan 2,151km Hitchhiked by Sitko 15
Alone

in the morning i started thinking about going to switzerland and i was still dumb enough not to go with one woman who was going all the way to bern. i met two hitchhikers who told me to go with one guy and i still didn't listen. i only then decided to go thru switzerland for whatever it takes. go with the flow. i was picked up by one elderly man with two sad stories behind …

i took out my cardboard saying "salzburg" and Maurice took me to austria, just before salzburg, to my "youth hostel" =)

aaaaaand the very last ride, finally, was that trucker who wasonly going to vilež, right after the italian border.

got picked up fairly quickly by one guy and his son who wee going to woodstock. what i feared the most was that i wouldn't be able to communicat, however they knew english and it was nice =)

four girls in x6 picked me up on the way to berlin in order to celebrate one despedida de soltera. they were all very young and happily married, which was a big surprise to me, since i didn't expect young people to marry anymore. i thought the best idea would be to stop on the polish side of the border and so it was.

i wanted to move forward and did the first big mistake of that trip. instead of staying in poland till i got a lift to michendorf rest area, i decided to continue and whatever happens. so half-italian-half armenian from venezuela, Varouj, was oging to hamburg, and so bypassing berlin on the north side, which i did'nt find a particularly big problem back then. i thought i'd… (read on in Trip)

by the time i saw a potential savior, a portuguese trucker, i knew i was really fucked. so when i saw that truck i almost ran after and i remember the surprised face of Chico when i talked to him in portuguese. i probably didn't have a nice face when he tld me that he was done for that day and only only the next day in the morning he'd take off for direction köln. we made a… (read on in Trip)

i was picked up by Steve with his super duper car, where i was scared to touch anything. he said he was going all the way from berlin to heidelberg to be one weekend with his girlfriend and was kind enough to take me slightly further to the hardtwald gas station. there i still hoped i'd eventually get a ride at least to heilbronn, so i could continue to nürnberg. i was stupid… (read on in Trip)

i was quickly picked up by a young family, where they guy was an ex hitchhiker and happy to pick me. it was nice to talk and i did my second big mistake right then, when it started to go well. i stopped too close to frankfurt, already on the way down, leaving the highway to nürnberg behind me. it took me hours to realize what was the problem, i was running out of food, so i… (read on in Trip)

i ended up on mahlberg rest area just before freibourg. i said to myself that i go home either via munich or milano, so i wrote on my cardboard "zurich/luzern" and waited which direction i'd get first.. i was picked up by one couple, going to zürich, whose son was, together with his friends, traveling africa wih a jeep (Y). this made my way home almost defined, there was still… (read on in Trip)

with that elderly man and with the couple things started to go well again. i replenished my water supply in that hot summer day and started hitching on that busy rest area. i got picked up instantly by 3 kosovarji guys on their was to st gallen.

i took a break and then got quickly picked up by Mark and his mom. he was a lutheran pastor from bern, going to hengersberg, i believe. it was the case that he decided to drop me before münchen and pay me coffee,which was pretty needed =). it was good idea to stop there anyways because i had both directions opened and i could try my luck.

there some truckers were going to the coast, mostly people didn't respond to my cardboard, only one young guy said he was going close but not there. so when he said he was ging to ajdovščina i started speaking slovenian and he was shocked, haha. that's how i got a lift to the highway h4, to vipava, from where i knew it was going to be easy to continue.

there i was walking up and down, trying to get a slovenian truck to slovenia because it was sunday night and they were about to start. since the rest are was very big, i lost some, so i decided to just stand at the entrance and wait, hoping for the best. i thought to myself that maybe some slovenian car would pass by. it eventually did and the guy didn't want to pick me up…. (read on in Trip)

on jesenice rest area i did another big mistake, which tourned out not to be that big after all. two guys with either radovljica or kranj plates said they weren't going to ljubljana or further west and i didn't think of asking them to take me at least to radovljica rest area, the next one down the road, where there would have been way more slovenians. so then fortunately a… (read on in Trip)

6 months ago
Šempas → Poznań 1,318km Hitchhiked by Sitko 9
Two people

when we were already desperate we got a long lift, straight to leipzig by a guy who had his own company and was less than 30 =) =)

that was the stereotypical polish hitchhiking experience, when one is picked up in a matter of minutes. we could have taken bus but decided to try our luck and we got a ride straight to poznan main station, poznan gŁowny :P

we got picked up by one macedonian who has spent most of his life in jesenice and he was ready to take us to the rest area, the last one in slovenia. he was a pleasant, all the time telling jokes and having balkan music on high volume, haha.

i was asking slovenians, those few that passed by, if they were going either towards maribor or kranj, since it didn't matter in which direction we'd go at that point. so i talked to one woman who wasn't really convinced whether to take us or not and let her wait and think. right when we stopped i saw a car with kranj plates and went there to talk with the passengers who then… (read on in Trip)

the next ride was a young german couple who had their car packed to the top and still they picked us up <3 got to say i don't remember their names anymore, however he was a hitchhiker; and his brother even used to participate in hitchhiking races and won one of them B-)

Aga was active here since it was already her territory due to almost exclusively polish clients on that gas station. she found a cute young family, going back from the netherlands by two cars. i continued with the guy because he spoke english =)

we instantly got picked by two young moldovans who were going to visit some friends in berlin, so that was the ride we were looking for, as they were able to drop us on michendorf. i wish i spoke russian, so we could talk, however they understood there was no language we had in comon and so they didn't insist at talking.

on the polish side of the border we got picked up by Thomas, a german from potsdam, married to a polish, on his way to konin. he actually spoke fluent polish because of his wife and served me as an example that it's my fate to learn that language :P he was so nice he entered komorniki only to drop us there =)

6 months ago
Kostrzyn → Kamieńczyk 543km Hitchhiked by Stoodent 4
Alone
6 months ago