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I forgot about one time that I hitched a ride....and it was a good soul indeed that picked me up.

I was on the way back to school in Provo, from Thanksgiving vacation in S. California.  Just about 10 miles into NV, along I15, my VW bug caught on fire.  It was completely inflamed within 10 mins.   I'm standing on the side of the interstate, with all my belongings, including 5 guns.  

Somebody stopped and took me and my guns to the closest casino so that I could call dad and work out a ride back to Provo.

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In the 50's I was a DJ on WGHM in Skowhegan, and going to school in Orono. I was on the air at noon, and my last class ended at 10am. I had to hitch rides and I was never late. Wearing the college jacket and suitcase with decals made it easy. Never had a bad ride. I remember one guy showing off his new Packard by pushing a button and giving it a grease job as we were driving along. Several years ago my Jeep broke down near the Canadian border above Jackman. My dog and I, with O/U broken over my shoulder, walked all the way to town, about 12 miles, and not one person would pick us up. Not a fun walk for a guy then in his late 60's, on a very busy paved road with big logging trucks going by at 65+mph. A game warden went by and wouldn't even stop to see what was going on. Thanks.

I would pick up someone if I thought he was there inadvertently, rather than just some weird guy who did it normally.

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I pick up hitch hikers wearing waders- I also have only hitch hiked when I was wearing waders- always had no problem getting picked up
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I picked up another hitchhiker yesterday-a 30ish year old who looked 45. He was holding a hand written sign on a hunk of cardboard reading "BANGOR". I could only give him a lift a few miles down the road to the Post Office where I still have a PO Box. In that 5 minutes I learned he had 3 OUI's so can't drive and doesn't own a car; is looking for a job as a bartender; is in AA and has been sober for 107 days; does odd jobs like tree trimming, painting, actually just about anything, but isn't insured and has no equipment. Was born in "the county" in Maine but just got back from living in NC; is staying with a friend and the friends girlfriend who just got in an incident with their landlord and was dragged down the street by the landlords car. I was initially interested in the tree trimming since I have some limbs I want cut that I can't reach, until he mentioned no equipment and no insurance but could fashion a harness with rope if I had a chainsaw. Not kidding. He was an enthusiatic sort. I took his phone number to be nice but declined to give him mine. He didnt try to carjack or rob me.
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On a lot of western rivers it's pretty common to hitch back upstream after float fishing downstream. Just carry a life jacket as Irsh Eyes mentioned or wave a fly rod.

On a Forest Service road I picked up an elk hunter whose horse ran off. When I got to his camp there was no feed, horse gear, water buckets, other horses, etc. Makes you wonder....

I recently bought a little raft for floating the Arkansas and a few other rivers here.  Screw the shuttle fee I'm going to hitch back to the truck as the raft packs up into a little backpack. I'll give em $5 or so the trouble.  I've picked up folks before doing the same thing.

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I picked up another hitchhiker yesterday-a 30ish year old who looked 45. He was holding a hand written sign on a hunk of cardboard reading "BANGOR". I could only give him a lift a few miles down the road to the Post Office where I still have a PO Box. In that 5 minutes I learned he had 3 OUI's so can't drive and doesn't own a car; is looking for a job as a bartender; is in AA and has been sober for 107 days; does odd jobs like tree trimming, painting, actually just about anything, but isn't insured and has no equipment. Was born in "the county" in Maine but just got back from living in NC; is staying with a friend and the friends girlfriend who just got in an incident with their landlord and was dragged down the street by the landlords car. I was initially interested in the tree trimming since I have some limbs I want cut that I can't reach, until he mentioned no equipment and no insurance but could fashion a harness with rope if I had a chainsaw. Not kidding. He was an enthusiatic sort. I took his phone number to be nice but declined to give him mine. He didnt try to carjack or rob me.

Those little magnets that you get in the pizzeria are supposed to be stuck to headliner of your truck so you have a phone number handy for such occasions....

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