Rules of Thumb: Tales from the Road

Submitted by Anonymous Hitchhiker on 24 January 2015 - 8:12am

“This is a good spot,” I said to Lauren. The long, straight road that stretched out before us was lined by trees but still had plenty of space either side for vehicles to pull over and stop. A steady succession of vehicles crawled along the road through the still air. Bumper to bumper festival-goers all on their way home.

Tea, Anyone?

Submitted by Anonymous Hitchhiker on 27 April 2010 - 6:24am

While hitchhiking from St. Petersburg to Moscow, one of our drivers left us in this tiny Russian village along the highway: five small huts with bored women, each supported by a hot, cooking samovar on front.

Hitching to Zion

Submitted by Anonymous Hitchhiker on 20 September 2010 - 6:29am

I sat in the back of the speeding pickup surveying the desert in the direction the other hitchhiker was pointing. “There’s water in those mountains,” he said.

I wasn’t so sure. There wasn’t anything green as far as I could see. The truck was approaching a gas station where the guy wanted to be left off.

“You see this green part on the map? That means there’s water out there.”

The Importance of Border Stamps

Submitted by Anonymous Hitchhiker on 7 December 2009 - 8:05pm

Still filled with happiness in our hearts from the last ride, we walk up to the Ukrainian border guard. Hmmm, we could have known better. We give him our passports and as he flicks through them he says: "Where is your arrival stamp for the Ukraine?"

"We didn't get one", I answered.
"Impossible", was his simple reply.


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