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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2007|01:19 pm]
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I'll be in Portland from Jan. 5th-12th for an externship. The externship will most likely be in a building downtown and I'll need to stay somewhere where I can access easy public transportation. I've heard that there's a hostel in the Northwest section of the city that is pretty nice and safe. Is anyone from the area that can give me any feedback? I would like to avoid getting a hotel if all possible since I am a poor grad student, but I want to stay somewhere safe since I'm a mid-20s girl staying by myself. Has anyone had any experience renting a house for a week? I know Portland is a pretty progressive city and craigslist usually has a lot of temporary housing available. I am a little nervous to try but the money saved could definitely be worth it.

I would also appreciate any idea of things to do while I'm there. I know winter is pretty bleak there but I'm sure there's still some fun coffee shops/bars to check out.

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Am I insane? [Mar. 1st, 2007|02:42 am]
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I was planning on going hitchhiking with a dear friend of mine across country from White River Junction, Vermont to Portland Oregon. He is a tough one to convince, and not being so experienced myself (I've only hitchhiked a few times locally), it is hard to win him over. My idea was to have us both dress as mormons with the buzz cuts, suits, Elder name tags and everything and hitchhike that way. I've heard and read about a lot of weird stories about after a number of hours small talk with a driver always turns personal and eventually leads to very awkward, prying questions about sex...and sometimes even requests. I thought the best way to deflect this topic was to feign religious chastity as two missionaries. I also figured that with such a clean-cut, all american, cracker-look we could also get more rides. But my friend tells me it's morally deplorable, possibly dangerous, and down right retarded. Is this the worst idea ever? Does anyone have any further advice for a future cross-country, female hitchhiker, who is unfamiliar with the US highway system? Any help would be much appreciated.
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(no subject) [Mar. 28th, 2006|06:45 pm]
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Hey Y'all!
I'm looking for a travel buddy to go from boston (or anywhere around there) to Bloomington, IN the first couple days of july, hoping to get to bloomington by the 5th. Also, for a partner to go from bloomington to west virginia a week later to do mountain justice summer. (www.mountainjusticesummer.org) And then from west virginia to asheville maybe? I'm open to most all modes of transportation. Anyone interested?
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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2006|12:25 pm]
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Hey, friends.

I wanted to just say that I love you all.

Seems important right now.

I don't really know how to best be there to support folks who may or may not need support, but I wanted to be clear that I am always available to y'all. If you lack my digits, leave a comment and I'll be sure to email them to you.

Travelling is on my mind and I came here wanting to ruminate at length about possibilities. But I just read back through what was already written here, and now I'm just sitting with an overwhelming sense of appreciation for y'all, as allies, fellow travellers, fellow revolutionary evolutionaries. I just want to say thanks. There will always be time to scheme.
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(no subject) [Mar. 8th, 2006|08:23 am]
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Does anyone know of a good rideshare website besides craigslist?
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Intro by a wanderer [Feb. 11th, 2006|10:34 pm]
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Hey, your site seems to have phased out . . .

Got here looking for hitch-hiking sites — places with a hitchhiking interest, but I am struck by the feeling that you've just about gone on to other things. Nevertheless, I signed up because a thought has struck me: It's like, maybe the reason hitchhiking has faded in the last couple decades is because it has become too slow in a tech age. Like some towns I remember don't even have sidewalks anymore because people can't take the time to walk. But what does that say about the way we live?

I'm curious, because I'm basically a hitch-hiker. You don't know my age, so you wouldn't have any idea how long I've been hitching.

Well, I'll tell you. I did my last short road trip two and a half years ago. And I did it as the capstone for a hitchhiking life that spans . . . sit down, now . . .sixty years! That's right, I did my first hitching as a kid in the early 1940s. But that's not as remarkable as the fact that I got back into it in the 1970s, and never really quit (I just sort of finally faded out). I may not be through yet! And I'm realizing now that the significant difference between now and just 30 years ago is that nobody has TIME for that kind of travel anymore!

Wow. It wasn't the destination that was important, in those days. Sure, we were going somewhere, but there was an excitement in DOING it, not just getting there. And I really don't think people care that much, any longer. If so, I think a whole lot has been lost from the world. And that's only going back 30 years. Try to imagine what it was like sixty years ago.

Not just the slower pace, either. But hitchhiking has been the best teacher I ever had. Everything I know about trusting the Universe, I learned on the road. Everything I know about letting life happen, and not hassling it, I learned on the road. And I'm very sorry for anyone who never learns that one. So the loss of hitchhiking is a great loss in our world.

I actually made a book out of my best hitching tales over the years. Published it a little over a year ago. If anyone is interested in it, give me a response and I'll give you the details.

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San Francisco to New York [Oct. 20th, 2005|11:11 am]
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about meCollapse )

I'm currently in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm moving out to Brooklyn, New York. I'd like to be there before the 29th.

My luggage consists of a military duffle and a big blue backpack.

I have a valid California state DL, can drive a stick like a pro. Will split gas and driving.

Driving record and references available on request.

Did I mention that there's homemade bread and berry pie involved? Well there is. And it can all be yours...
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san fran [Aug. 16th, 2005|04:32 pm]
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anyone from the area willing to show me around and help me out a little bit once i get there? i've never seen the west coast, i can't stand the idea of staying here (chicago), and i've gone east too many times. also, if anyone is interested in traveling together, let me know. if you can contribute anything as far as rides or anything else goes, that'd be great. otherwise, you have to be willing to hitchike or whatever comes up. if anyone can temporairly take me in in san fran, that'd be cool. holler. ~liz
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NAFTA super-highway [Apr. 18th, 2005|06:56 pm]
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Anyone going to (will be in) Indiana this summer?


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iowa [Nov. 17th, 2004|07:23 pm]
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i bought my plane ticket.
yup. ya'll better show up cause i miss you.
and i want chrismas presents in the form of hugs.
and new years presents while we're at it.

i fly into ky december 28th and emily and i are driving up through bloomington on 29th.

p.s. school is insane right now. i'm enjoying the hell out of it. and being 22 isn't so bad either.
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