Sunday, January 17, 2010

I bookmarked this a while ago...its a link from a former travel editor at NBC. I don't think it compares to my article....Ill let you be the judge...
Robin Dalmas @ NBC "What killed hitchhiking?"
My early entry "Where did it all go wrong?"

So, who says it best? The travel exec in the big leagues, or moi?(not so big leaguer)

The Middle of Nowhere. LITERALLY.

The Most Remote Place on Earth....


I dont know about you, but I could hack it for a while....Pretty amazing isnt it? I wonder why they never teach us these things in school.....

Top Secret Level 3.

Ive delayed in posting some of my sites, for a few reasons. Some of these sites are primary resources in planning my trips and gathering info. Theyre also not exactly easy to find, or needing to be exploited...maybe Im just an arrtard, but I wanted to keep 'em a secret.

Heres a couple, but I dont think Im going to leave them up for very long.




Backpack Forum

Expedition Portal

You guys are so lucky Im nice...

Random SoccerMom Number 1.

You might have noticed I haven't posted recent entries following my story out west, and its due to one reason, what is coming next in the trip requires my full concentration, and long writing, as the individual, a Mr Mike-Steve(his real name) is such a character I cannot rush and cheat it.
So, instead I'm going to go through my list of hitching stories, and throw a quick one up, for entertainments sake.
I chose this one, because Ive been talking recently with a mate about the perspective of the drivers; and what persuades them to pick up a hitcher. We got talking and he was really into the idea of profiling the drivers. Why do people go out of their way to pick up and help random strangers? Who are they, what do they do, what do they have in common, what do they drive? Its an idea I haven't seen before and I quite liked it. I'm not changing the outlook of my blog, as it is still the experience I write about, but the kind strangers are what make up the adventure.


It was raining dogs and cats, tigers and turtles. We couldn't work due to the rain, so it was a bittersweet day off. As always on days off, we went into Penticton. Today was no exception and after breakfast in our electricity free kitchen(no lies), I threw my rain jacket on and went to hitch a ride with my good friend, Sarah.
We were on the main road, playing the 'alphabet game' the topic I think was bands, or cities(usually was) and we didn't wait more than 10 minutes until a car stopped for us. It was a four-door station wagon, I think a Subaru, the soccer-mom one. So would it surprise you that it was a soccer Mom that picked us up? Well it was and she was extremely nice. We found out she was an insurance agent who was taking a short cut home, as the forest fires had shut down the main road.[at the time, the BC fires were a huge problem, and alot of the people picking me up were from this pool] I don't know if its because Sarah was with me, but she told us she almost never picks up hitchers, but didn't think twice today. It was rainy, and we looked a couple, so I guess it was just the non-threatening vibes that coaxed her. We chatted small talk, about work in the Okanagan Valley, life and all that jazz. She was really nice, and it was encouraging to see a woman of her type; petite, attractive and vulnerable, pick up hitchers without hesitation.
She dropped us off at our usual cafe, and we parted ways. To us, it was just another hitch, but to her, I think it was so much more.
Another mutually beneficial hitch in the babystep attempt in opening minds and lives.
When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realized that God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked Him to forgive me.

Yoda, Guru Kid and Dumbledore

"Your progress will depend on your social skills"

A quote I was just passed to in reference to my trip. Its a line that holds so much truth and power, and is detrimental for my success.