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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 01:34 PM
Does anybody still hitch a lift to shows I haven't done it since my teens in the 1980's I think i would be to scared.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 02:43 PM
i never have done it either
sounds fun though

 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 04:44 PM
hitched a ride 2 years ago to see Derek in Pa. a brokedown car wasnt going to stop me.Got a ride from a cop and his music buddy. They didnt believe where I was going and asked to see my ticket! Got a ride home with a friend and all went very well! Great valentines show!!!!!! Would do it again if neccessary and not to far to travel. Driving safely to AC next week!!1
 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 05:42 PM
I never have have, but one of my Dad's claims to fame was hiking from Cleveland to the Atlanta area for The Pop Festival in 1970 to see the Brothers and others .............Peace.........joe
 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 07:16 PM
I did it often when I was a kid in the 70s, people were friendlier then, and often shared pot, liquor and such, I even got a dose of acid once.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 09:34 PM
Only time I ever did something of the sort was in New Zealand and ended up having a great time with a few folks who invited me back to their place to have dinner with their families. Turned out they were lobster fisherman (uh...lobsterman?). I actually picked them up. I was driving through the country by myself ( I prefer traveling alone, at least before i was married with children, I did). Everyone I met in the country seemed so nice (compared to the people in NY!!). So when I was down around Milford Sound I picked up a few folks on the side of the road. I don't know why I pulled over, but something in my head was up for an adventure, good or bad, I guess. Plus I had been by myself for a few weeks and wanted some interacition with real folks. Perhaps I was young and naive (still am!!), but I never would have done such a thing in the good old US of A. Turned out to be a great experience. We drank and ate for a while; they could not have been more generous. They even asked me to stay the night, but I had a nice bed for $4 a night waiting for me at the local hostal. I don't know why, but we never exchanged contact info or anything like that. I wish I did. Would be fun to keep in contact....reminds me of my mom who got a pen pal at the Worlds Fair over 40 years ago. Her pen pal is a woman from Japan. They keep in contact to this day. They finally got to meet in person for the first time two years ago when her friend came to NYC. Sorrry for the tangent...had a few drinks this evening!!!
 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 10:32 PM
Last time I hitched a ride was 1971. From Albany, NY to Monticello. In succession a drug dealer, nasty drunk and two jesus freaks who wanted to take me to their commune to leave. Quick cure to a dangerous habit
 

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  posted on 11/7/2010 at 10:31 AM
Many times back in the 70's. Wouldn't consider it now.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2010 at 10:48 AM
I used to hitch hike everywhere back in the 70's. To the mall, to girlfriend's houses, back and forth from Ohio to Kentucky to college. Just about anywhere I wanted to go I either walked or hitched.
I have some great stories, buy me a beer and I will relate a few sometime.

However, I wouldn't even consider hitching up to the end of my street nowadays. People are just too different these days.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2010 at 12:32 PM
I was with an older sister and her boyfriend heading to Oakland from San Berdoo to see Zeppelin. (July 77') We broke down by Fresno (I beleieve) We hitched a ride but not to the show.

I figured I'd catch em (Zeppelin) later but they never played the US again.

On the hitch back to Berdoo, I wasn't trippin that bad. Sister's boyfriend had some Kona bud and a pocket full of crosstops. When I discovered the tour got canceled, boy was I butthurt

 

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  posted on 11/7/2010 at 05:19 PM
I definitely did it back in the 70s. I had no car and that was the only way I got back and forth to work. Got into a few car accidents as a passenger!

 

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  posted on 11/7/2010 at 10:30 PM
I spent a couple of summers on Martha's Vineyard back in the 80's and we used to hitchhike all over that island. We ventured to the mainland a couple of times to see shows - once was Hot Tuna in Chatham and the other CSN at Great Woods. It was always fairly easy getting rides out but getting back was hell! Late at night and no one wanted anything to do with you. Plus if you're more than two guys its typically too many to pick up (I think there were five of us trying to get back from Hot Tuna - God we were clueless!). I'll say one thing about hitchhiking, you meet the damnest people. And you can end up doing a lot of walking!
 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 12:24 AM
I hitched/walked my way to greatwoods a couple summers ago. It can be a scary prospect to trust anyone these days, especially in a big city like Boston but I had nothing to lose and I was going to get my ABB fix by any means necessary. One day I just said f*&K it quit my job, saw where they were playing the next night and hopped on a greyhound for a 17 hour ride. I got off the bus in downtown and started heading for Mansfield(sight of the venue).I got there on time in the end, but I did walk for about 4 and a half hours in the wrong direction before I got directions and found out where I was going(poor planning haha). The trip back was long and painful but I still had the ABB hangover so it was all good.
 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 12:37 AM
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Does anybody still hitch a lift to shows I haven't done it since my teens in the 1980's I think i would be to scared.


No I wouldn't recommend it today, but it probably depends where you live and the type of people who live there. Back when I did it in the 70's people were still nostalgic, who had went thru the 60's coming of age then, so they were always happy to see someone else doing what they did, but every one of them warned me and a friend who was usually with me that we needed to be careful and it wasn't a good idea. There were some incidents that made us adopt a policy of if either of us has a bad feeling when the car stops we just say no thanks, we changed our mind. Never ignore your instinct. Case in point, we got a ride home from school (I don't know why we missed the bus) and we both had a feeling about the guy. I got out a few blocks before my friend and she told me as soon as I got out, he exposed himself to her and said 'do you mind if I do my thing with you?', she was horrified, jumped out of his truck and told me she knew something like this would happen. I convinced her it was a freak thing and that if either of us had a bad feeling, we would not get in the car again and no more pick up trucks. We did not have any additional problems.

I went with another friend to Connecticut (for a festival type show) and the way up was fine, the way back was not. The show (started at noon but did not end till 5 pm and then we were talking with one of the bands) it started getting dark before we were even out of CT. These truck drivers stopped and said they were going to Long Island but they had to stop in Fort Lee to get some sleep and we could crash there till the morning and they would drive us out to Long Island the next day. I didn't like the idea, but it was dark and we discussed it and agreed if anything wasn't right we could get a cab over the bridge and then get to a train back.

When we stopped for a pit stop, I told my friend, I think they had other ideas she said, well are you going to say anything? I told her yes I would, I was not going to Fort Lee under false pretenses. I flat out told him, look, neither one of us is having sex with either of you, we just want to be very clear about that because we don't know what your intentions are. One of them said nothing, they other one said, look, we're truck drivers, out life is driving and sleeping, we have place in Fort Lee, there is not much in there, but when we get back there all we do is sleep, I told ya we'll drive you two out to Long Island tomorrow since our company is in Melville and that's it, why are you accusing me?

So we went to Fort Lee, they had matresses on the floor and there was another person there when we got there. I demanded to know who he was and why he was there. He got so annoyed he left and said he'd rather start his next load that night. The lead driver told me, look we split the rent between the three of us, is that okay with you? We decided we were all very tired and cranky and would just sleep, but sure enough, Mr. Bossman wanted to put the moves on me. Driver #2 stuck up for us because he really just wanted some sleep, so with me and Driver #2 yelling at him and my friend as a witness, he had no choice but to mind his OWN business. The next day I saw where we were, very near the bridge. They took us over the Bridge then Driver #1 told us we would have to get out on the Cross Bronx Expressway. We got out on one of the ramps and it was a long way back out here, we actually got lost and ended up somewhere off the Major Deegan in a not too great neighborhood, we met some nice old guy sitting on a bench who told us it was his birthday, we hung out and talked to him a little while. He was one of those very smart, wise people who could give you good advice, like a Grandpa type. So we sang happy birthday, he wished us well and we continued on. It was after that trip we decided on no more long distance road trips and I don't think we even did more road trips.

Overall I met a lot of very nice, helpful people, but I would not recommend it today. The 60's was a long time ago, those who lived thru it probably would be kind to you if you were hitchhiking, but there are a lot of other people who may not be like that. There was no crack, crystalline methamphetamine, gangsta music, rap music etc. etc. Nowadays, people could stop and just shoot you because they are annoyed at seeing you there. The days of actually being invincible are not a sure thing like they were back then. Even driving is different now. I used to get into debates with morons driiving, but road rage is out there now. I no longer need to prove my point or teach tailgaters a lesson, the times have changed and so must we, even just for self preservation.





 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 12:54 AM
In 1973 I had a hippy wood working teacher and he told us that his trick was to find some thick cardboard and then cut out the shape of a cartoon hand in the thumbing position, drawing in the fingers and such and leaving enough room in the middle to write a city name. Attach it to a long stick and hold it out there and folks think you are hitching for the right reasons.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 07:21 AM
I can't tell you the last time I saw someone hitchhiking.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 08:56 AM
Friend of mine was just hitchiking from Pittsburgh to Florida in the 70's and I guess he was standing on the wrong side of the road, anyhow he got a ride from none other than Gregg Allman. Funny thing about the whole experience when Gregg got to the Florida State Line, told my friend to get out he wasn' t driving in Florida. Seems Gregg's driving record was shaky at best. Now that would have been one sweet ride, almost as good as Phanthom 309

 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 11:36 AM
Man, you wouldn't think Gregg would pick up hitchhikers after what happened to his dad...
 
 


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