Posted November 08 2013 - 02:07 AM
Or if they have a small grandstand you can sleep up there.
Sleeping in shop doorways or somewhere obvious will get you hassled by the cops.
When hitching it's good to make up a sign out of cardboard giving your destination. Don't put the name of a town or city that is too far away as some people don't want to be stuck with a hitchhiker for too long in case they turn out to be a loony or whatever, just a town 100 miles away will do.
More people will be willing to take a chance on you if they know that you will only be in their car for a short time.
If you get stuck in some isolated town and you can't get a lift out, little traffic going through and no-one will stop, and this happens, you get mighty sick of that town after standing on the outskirts for three days and no-one stops, then make up a cardboard sign saying $50 to whatever town you are going too, and stand there holding that.
Sure it costs you money but hey, it gets pretty depressing when you get stuck somewhere for days, and just want to get moving.
It does work.
The best areas for hitching in my experience are where there are a lot of small towns close to each other all along your route.
The worst are areas that are isolated and it's a long way between towns, there's usually little traffic and most people don't want to be stuck with a hitchhiker for long distances. It cramps their style and they don't want to be stuck with you for too long in case you turn out to be a crazy.
I would say though the best thing is to get a vehicle, preferably a van as you can sleep in it more comfortably, and with cars the cops have a habit of shining torches in your windows when you are sleeping, waking you up.
And then they often want to talk to you.
With a van you can pretend that no-ones home.
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