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Is hitchhiking still possible in the United States? Is it safe? Follow along for the next 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 complete strangers. Hopefully meeting interesting people from 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 Instagram Updates
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 really have no idea. West coast to East coast is my basic plan. 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 Sleep?
Like always, my trusty Hennessy camping hammock will come along with me.
I’ll be doing some stealth camping in the woods, and 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 the occasional WiFi to get work done. I’ll also be using CouchSurfing.org to stay with locals interested in hearing a good story.
Is Hitchhiking Illegal?
Yes and no. It’s illegal to stand on the side of a major highway and solicit rides, because this is a danger to other drivers on the road.
However, standing 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 too.
There’s a possibility that I’ll get a few warnings, maybe a ticket, but it’s very unlikely that I’ll get arrested. Think of it like jay-walking. Technically it’s illegal, but it’s not something that’s enforced with an iron-fist.
Because hitchhiking is an adventure. Because it will be challenging. Because I’ll meet interesting people. Because it’s something I’ve always wanted to try.
Because I’d like to inspire you to follow your dreams, no matter how ridiculous they are.
UPDATE: Mission Accomplished!
My hitchhiking journey across the United States is now complete. You can read about the whole adventure using the links below.
Have you ever been hitchhiking before? Have any questions about it? Let me know in the comments below!