Hitchhiking Across America: One Ride At A Time
Is hitchhiking still possible in the United States? Is it safe? Follow along for 4-5 weeks as I attempt to hitchhike my way across America from coast to coast.
I’m pretty f*cking excited right now. A bit nervous too…
By the time you read this, I’ll be standing on the side of the road in Oregon — attempting to hitchhike across America from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Soliciting free rides from total strangers. Meeting interesting people from all across the country — and sharing their stories with you.
But a long-distance hitchhiking trip in my own country could possibly be the most challenging travel experience yet!
Track My Progress
To make things interesting, I’m letting you track my progress in real-time. With the GPS on my iPhone you can see exactly where I am right this moment!
Check back frequently to see how I’m doing.
Where Am I Now?
Live Updates on Instagram:
Not only can you track where I am, but I’ll be live-streaming photos via my Instagram account. This will let you see what I see on the road while hitchhiking across America!
What’s My Route?
I have no idea. West coast to East coast. I’ll probably stay North to avoid the heat of the summer, but who knows. Some back roads, some long highway rides — I’ll attempt to mix it up a bit.
Where Will I Spend the Night?
Like always, my trusty Hennessy camping hammock will come along with me. So I may do some stealth camping in the woods, or pay to stay in a campground or two. Because showers are nice from time to time.
Cheap motels or hostels won’t be ruled out either, as I’ll still need some occasional WiFi to get a bit of work done.
I’ll also be using CouchSurfing.org quite a bit. Not only to stay in the homes of other people, but to meet locals who want to show me around or give me some advice. Learning about an area from the people who live there is always rewarding.
That’s why I’m a huge fan of the CouchSurfing community!
Isn’t Hitchhiking Illegal?
Yes and no. It’s illegal to stand on the side of a major highway and solicit rides, because it’s a danger to other drivers on the road.
However doing this at the on-ramp entrance before a highway is legal in most states. The laws vary from state to state, as do the interpretations of the law. Occasionally different police officers will interpret the law differently.
There’s a possibility that I’ll get a few warnings, maybe a ticket, but it’s very unlikely that I’ll get arrested for it. Kind of like jay-walking. Technically it’s illegal in some areas, but it’s not something that’s enforced with an iron-fist.
Because it’s an adventure. Because it will be challenging. Because I’ll meet interesting people. Because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Because I’d like to inspire you to follow your own dreams, no matter how ridiculous they are.
UPDATE: Mission Accomplished!
My hitchhiking journey is now complete. You can read about it here:
- A Slow Start in Oregon (Part 1)
- Hopping a Freight Train (Part 2)
- Surfing Couches in Seattle (Part 3)
- Hot Tubs & Pancake Sandwiches (Part 4)
- Captain Kitty Litter & The Motorcycle (Part 5)
- Crashing A Wedding in Montana (Part 6)
- Trucking Across the Heartland (Part 7)
- Hitchhiking on an Airplane (Part 8)
- Using Rain & Body Odor to Score Rides (Part 9)
- Sexy Stalkers & A Cruise to Die For (Part 10)
- End of the Road (Part 11)
Have you ever been hitchhiking before? Do you want to? Share with us in the comments below!