Looking for advice on my hitchhike trip plan

Mar 26th, 2017, 04:18 PM
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In many states hitch hiking is illegal.

Look at one of the discount bus companies like Bolt bus or Megabus.
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Mar 26th, 2017, 04:56 PM
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"However, pardon my straightforwardness, most of your replies seem to be based on whether you have seen hitchhikers or assumptions about drivers attitude. Have you guys actually attempted hitchhiking in these areas?"

Nothing wrong with straightforwardness. Those of us old enough will have tales of hitchhiking, but not since probably the 70's. It simply is not an option anymore. I travel in a camper van a lot (mostly in California) and I rarely see a hitchhiker. When I do see one, I would never consider picking him/her up. Sorry, that's just the way it is now. And it's sad to think times have changed so much. Back in the day I met a bunch of great folks who were hitchhiking to the beach. I never considered not giving them a ride. Today, not so much.
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Mar 26th, 2017, 06:36 PM
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Hitchhiking is illegal in Wisconsin. Also puzzled by your route northwest of Madison, this is a rugged area called the Driftless Area with very meandering roads that's maddeningly slow going-- there's also an enormous, isolated Amish community in Cashton if you want to brush up on archaic German dialects and feel like you're in the 1820s.

Also really startled that you are starting in Sleeping Bear dunes which is quite pretty and not very well known.

You'd be better off going north over the Mackinac bridge and all the way west on US 2 and avoiding freeways.

Bottom line us there are only rarely hitchhikers seen these days, but not saying you couldn't do it. It would be riskier in Florida or California than up north.
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Mar 26th, 2017, 09:10 PM
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Marcell: You simply cannot accomplish this trip via hitch hiking. And most likely cannot do it via public transport.

Can you rent a car? If so -- you can still do the trip cheaply by camping. You could either bring basic camping equipment, OR buy very inexpensive gear at local Walmarts

But -- hitch hiking is NOT a viable option.
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Mar 26th, 2017, 10:26 PM
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I regularly hitchhiked and picked up hitchhikers in the 70's. now, I cannot imagine doing either; it is not only unsafe, it would be close to impossible to get rides or predict how long it would take to get from point A to point B. You might want to check out ride share arrangements such as shareyourride
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Mar 26th, 2017, 10:57 PM
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Marcell,
What work are you doing in Michigan? Perhaps you will meet someone who would like to travel with you for at least part of your trip, or others who might meet up some place along the way.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 02:38 AM
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I have friends who hitchhiked decades ago - across cast distances and safely and successfully. Cross country, to national parks, within destination in mind.

I have adult children who I am guessing are likely about your age. Neither of them, nor their friends, nor friends of friends know anyone who hitchhikes today. You are not likely to find anyone who has hitchhiked in your travel destination except many many years ago - your reasoning is circular. You want to find reviews on hitchhiking in an area (which makes sense) but if no one hitchhikes in that area, you won't find any reviews.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 05:01 AM
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Go to the Thorn Tree forum. It would be a better place to look.

That said, I have hitchhiked back in the day and am not afraid to pick up hitchhikers, but I haven't picked anyone up since about 1980 because I have literally not seen anyone thumbing since then. In bad weather I regularly pick up people around my small town and give them rides to the grocery, ferry, or post office. But mostly I have to ask if they want a ride. The idea of hitchhiking is just not part of the zeitgeist in the US any more.

You can look at university ride boards, where people offer transportation in exchange for gas money or help with driving and similar ride boards exist electronically on Craig's List. That's the only way you will be able to do some portions of your trip, like Devil's Tower.

In general, transportation east-west is much easier in this country than transportation north-south. you are planning a lot of diagonals.

I could offer suggestions about freight trains (illegal and uncomfortable) if you were going from Milwaukee to Seattle, but the rest of your trip would be a dead loss.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 05:55 AM
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I agree with the Megabus or Bolt bus recommendation. .. often seats are available on major routes for a few dollars... planning helps, but these services are very popular with students moving around the country...
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Mar 27th, 2017, 06:39 AM
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Read nomadicmatt.com
One thing that will determine what you can do is time. People hitching for adventure often have no particular time frame.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 09:01 AM
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"most of your replies seem to be based on whether you have seen hitchhikers or assumptions about drivers attitude. Have you guys actually attempted hitchhiking in these areas?"

Yes, people have replied based on what they know. That's how it works.

Listen to the answers. I assume that's why you posted your question.

People do not hitchhike anymore. Period.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 09:09 AM
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It's illegal to hitchhike on interstate highways, although you could stand on the on ramp and try. Truckers won't pick you up these days due to their liability insurance. You're more likely to be picked up by a state trooper.

Find cheap interstate buses.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 09:22 AM
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Surprisingly, it seems hitchhiking is making a comeback in the USA as kind of adventure travel. Who knew? Anyway, there are several blogs, all kinds of statistics, etc. People who do it seem to go at it quite well prepared though, and the OP seems naive about it.
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Mar 27th, 2017, 09:40 AM
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Have you guys actually attempted hitchhiking in these areas?

I haven't, and I haven't seen or heard of anybody who has in the past few decades.

HTtY
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Mar 27th, 2017, 06:04 PM
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You may find help here: http://hitchwiki.org/en/United_States_of_America

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Mar 28th, 2017, 12:30 PM
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They had one of those at my university in the early 70s. Girl disappeared, never to be seen again. I wouldn't do that, either. Perhaps I'm just ultra-cautious.
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Mar 28th, 2017, 05:27 PM
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Thanks for all of your replies. They are a major help.

I still intend to attempt hitchhiking - at gas station, not at the side of the road (not illegal), as much as I have influence on this. But I'm also allocating appropriate amount of money as emergency travel funds, which would allow me to take train or bus any time i'm falling behind expected progress. I'm updating my route plan to always be alongside some sort of secondary means of travel.

The reason for which I'm sticking so much with this idea is because there's a couple of online hitchhiker communities who also practice in the usa - and it seems out to work for them. Not as well as in lots of other countries, but they get by. There's a guy who did 2,5 times longer trip in 1/3 the time I calculated for myself. (https://warmroads.de/en/personal-bes...hhiking-speed/) But then again he writes this: (https://warmroads.de/en/hitchhiking-...usa/#more-2227)

So I really just have to see for myself, I guess.

Also, I nerfed my trip to only go till denver.
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Mar 28th, 2017, 06:20 PM
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Just saw a hitchhiker at an onramp for I-25 in New Mexico.

Hitchhiking is also seen fairly often on Indian Reservations.

FWIW.

Clearly the OP is interested in a cultural experience that's not a bus or train. Having a foreign flag may spike pickup interest. Don't forget there are rest stops on interstates that may be good pick up spots also.
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Mar 28th, 2017, 06:29 PM
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>>Don't forget there are rest stops on interstates that may be good pick up spots also.<<

Most folks who pick up at rest stops are looking for something other than a passenger . . . Regular arrests at the rest stops in this area.

Marcell -- then head to that website for assistance. (You do know there are 300,000,000+ people in the USA and the tiny handful that are posting about their hitch hiking 'successes' are not a useful sample size.)

Your plan is not practical and could be very dangerous.
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