A common question from new hitchhikers is[quote:180b0a5882]"I'm starting out in [this city] and want to get to [that city] ... how many [hours or days] will it take to get there?"[/quote:180b0a5882]
Well, most hitchhikers agree that if you're on a serious deadline you probably shouldn't be hitchhiking. But if you're on a break from school or work and just want to take a trip for the week, a formula for figuring out an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) can be handy.
There are many factors that can slow you down or speed you up along the way. Where you get dropped off is the biggest part of this. Hitchhiking from within city limits often takes the longest, or getting stuck at a highway entrance with no traffic.
If time matters, plan ahead. Shoot for truck stops along the route. Stick to major highways and remember that a longer route with more traffic is faster for a hitchhiker than a shorter route with little traffic.
[b:180b0a5882]So, how long will it take you to[/b:180b0a5882]...[list:180b0a5882]
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Hitchhike 1000 miles?[/i:180b0a5882] According to Jesse at www.stiffarmingsociety.com
and dcrider on digihitch
, on the USA interstate highways you can do it in 1 day. Of course that all depends on how you look, what rides you accept, and where you get dropped off. Some regions around the world can take up to 5 times that amount (even US/Canada backroads), depending on the highway/ motorway system, number of towns along the route, etc.
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Hitchhike coast to coast in the USA?[/i:180b0a5882] 3 to 6 days (more if you look like a beatdown tramp)
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Hitchhike across Canada?[/i:180b0a5882] 4 to 6 days
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Hitchhike across... (Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa)?[/i:180b0a5882] (We'll keep adding to this list as other hitchhikers reply with their averages)
[b:180b0a5882]The short theory of making good time while hitchhiking is[/b:180b0a5882]:[list=1:180b0a5882]
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Choose your station wisely[/i:180b0a5882]. Hitchhike from safe, high-traffic spots.
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Clean yourself up[/i:180b0a5882]. Don't smell or look like a dirty tramp if you want to go far, fast.
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]When rides dry up, ask[/i:180b0a5882]. Some hitchhikers never stand at the road with their thumb out but instead ask at nearby gas stations/ truck stops. Others of us ask for rides only as a last resort. If riding with a trucker (yes, some do pick up hitchhikers), ask them to get on the CB and see if another trucker will offer you a ride. Relay hitchhiking with truck drivers is one of the fastest ways across a country-- or continent. Find your style, and don't get stuck!
[*:180b0a5882][i:180b0a5882]Communicate with your driver.[/i:180b0a5882] Make sure he or she knows that you need a safe, high-traffic spot to hitchhike from when dropped off. Many drivers are able to go a bit out of their way to help. Sometimes all it takes is the next exit down the road, or to drop you off on the other side of town. Hey, there's no harm in asking. Just don't get butt-hurt if they refuse-- show your gratitude for the ride, whatever the case.
[b:180b0a5882]Recommended articles about efficient hitchhiking[/b:180b0a5882]:[list:180b0a5882]
[*:180b0a5882]Hitchhiking Tips at stiffarmingsociety.com
- Good stuff from Jesse
[*:180b0a5882]Hitchhiking 101 by dcrider
- that's [i:180b0a5882]101[/i:180b0a5882] as in 'the basics'
Any veteran hitchhikers who care to share their ETA formulas or distance hitchhiking averages, post a reply to this topic.