Hitchhiking North Carolina
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" Made it to North Carolina. I am going to get a ride to an I-40 rest area then hitch a ride the 6 hour drive to the trail. The woman who got me to north carolina has been very gracious, so its been great so far. gonna go make a sign.
I am sitting in the sun at a rest area on I-40, 5 cars have passed so far but i dont expect it to take long to get a ride. 8 cars.
Im finally doing it!
I feel so... different
A boyscout troop just waved to me.
Thier is to many old people haha this is taking alittle longer than expected
1 hour down
decided to drop the sign and just use my thumb
A kids boot camp just jogged by, kinda weird.
1 1/2 hours
i feel like the thumb makes people pay more attention to me, because they are wondering what i am doing, rather than the sign where they know.
First car stopped but he was going to Georgia, then not long after a car stopped and gave me ice cold water.
3 cars have offered me rides, 2 were going to Georgia and the other to Greensboro which was only 15 miles.
3 cars in 6 hours :( gonna get my sign out of the garbage.
I feel kinda stuck right now, and anyone that knows me know that i hate that felling and thats why i am here, kinda ironic. Its 6 o'clock and i have been here since 11. No beginners luck for me at all. Im struggling but i am trying to calm myself down, i am in no hurry, i can throw up my tent , i dont want to though. If anyone ever sees a hitchhiker standing at the end of a rest area please offer them a ride for me, this isnt easy. I must be doing something wrong.
At 7 i started asking people where they were headed, its calming me down to finally do something rather than just stand around. The problem is nobody seems to be staying on I-40 very long. of course not everyone is telling me the truth, but it still doesnt seem like the common way people take. I still dont like being a beggar though, never have.
Today has been a new experience, there was some people that did try to help me and i am grateful. it makes me feel good knowing those people are around, its 8 o'clock so i guess i will go set up a tent and try to do this differently tommorow.
I need a book!"
Day 10 journal entry
" Threw my tent up right in the middle of the rest area and didnt sleep well because it was sticky hot, and i was waiting for the state troopers to come and yell at me. I am also pretty sure the guy working last night is a convicted felon. He just had that look.
Woke up and started asking for rides. It took about an hour, and i was about to finally give up, when i got my ride to Asheville. The driver was a nice guy in his 50s who was driving home from a vacation to see the family by the beach. He talked alot, almost the whole way actually, but it was alright with me, made things less awkward.
So here i am in Asheville
Ashville has been great with in 15 minutes i got a ride back onto 40, cause i accidentally ended up on 240, then with in 5 minutes of standing there i got a ride with a guy, 20 years old or so who listened to really chill music, he dropped me off 15 minutes up the road and almost immediately i was picked up by a group of Hippies, 1 of them an experienced hitchhiker, who were on there way back from rainbow gathering. We talked about rainbow, and quakers while they shared a hippy cigarette, and that got me another 20 minutes up the road, but i accidentally had gotten off 40 again when they exited. it started to drizzle which kinda sucked but after a half hour i got a ride back onto 40 by a moderately creepy guy in a moderately creepy van. He had hiked around the trail for about 2 years and never left the area. i am now chillin at buger king about to get a sundae :) Its been a great day so far. Im almost there, and i feel like i am finally getting a handle on this hitchhiking thing. Ive made it along way! It shouldn't be to hard to get a ride from here. ( Knock on wood this time)
Ive been thinking about my talk with the rainbows, and though i told everyone i would be at FGC next year rainbow fest might change those plans. Its paid for by donation and it can be a couple months of hanging out if i were to set up and clean up.
Ok, recap of the last 6 hours........
I am at a hiking shelter right now, but it wasn't simple. From the Burger king spot I got picked up by an older man, probably late 60s. he had hitched across the country way way back in the day, and did the 90 miles of the trail as a young man in boyscout when the trail wasn't even broken in yet. Nice guy wished me well and got me out of the rain, but to an area a couple exits up with less traffic. There was signs of other which was pretty cool. On the entrance ramp along the rail was written "shitty hitch spot". That made me feel.... well it gave me mixed feelings. It was cool to see there but telling me i was going to be there awhile. There was also a peace sign and a hiker tag to go along with it, so a couple other people had stood where i had stood.
It took maybe 35 minutes but a mustang stopped, and driving it was a latino man who didn't speak much english. He was going to nashville though, so he would be my last ride.
side note: its kinda scary how much i am judging people by the way they look, but that is really all i have to go off of. I see drivers passing by for just a split second, just a quick peak, and i try to think about what there thinking, and i try to guess if they will stop. Also when i was asking for rides this morning i would only ask a couple different kinds of people, the spotier ones who looked like me, and people that seemed to be open minded
The latino man got me to the trail and i felt on top of the freaking world. I had done it. I was back, the very same spot i had left a month and a half ago. I had 8 miles to hike to the next shelter, which i did in good time, but it was already so late that when i got there it was dark.
Now im here, flashlight about to die and nobody is here with me. i am alone in the wilderness once again. I hope there is people at the other shelters to have a meet and greet with in the future. I am hoping to meet a ton of cool people.
Today has been a super long day, woke up around 6:30 on bad sleep and im way out here now. Its amazing thinking about everything that has gone on in just one day. I hit every end f the spectrum with the people i met. I rode with a guy talking about securing the border, and a man with out much english. A group of straight up hippies and and old school man. Ages ranging from 20 to 70
Its been quite a day
song of the day
I made it (acoustic) - Kevin Rudolf