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Intro by a wanderer [Feb. 11th, 2006|10:34 pm]
the travellers' caucus


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.


[User Picture]From: ilovetofudamnit
2006-02-21 12:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for writing.
This group was originally started when about 13 of us friends were traveling around California together trying to share ride info and keep in touch a few summers ago. What's your book like?
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[User Picture]From: oldandeasy
2006-02-21 06:35 am (UTC)
Hi, Jenna...

Thanks for responding. Didn't know whether there was any life here or not.

Here's the basic book info . . . 5x8 inches, 226 pages with photos and maps, and about twenty of my own tales written over the years, along with the earliest tale of a hitch-hiker that I managed to discover, found in an old 1916 newspaper, before they even invented the term.

Most of my own hitching was done on the west coast, mainly California, but there were also cross-country trips, and a 19-month journey through Britain and Europe — actually, I wrote an earlier book on that, and just took a couple tales from it for this one. There were some amazing synchronicities, as must have happened to you if you were on the road, too.

The book is titled Derelict Days... Sixty years on the roadside path to enlightenment. It was published at Authorhouse late in 2004, and they charge $13.50 for a copy, plus shipping and handling. But if you would like it direct from me (and signed), I'll send it postpaid for just $10. My mailing address is: Irv Thomas, 6545 Ravenna Ave. NE, #307, Seattle, WA 98115.

Again, much thanks for your response and interest.

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[User Picture]From: embryo
2006-03-13 05:16 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing, Irv. I don't think too many of us that watch this group have entirely moved on from travelling, exploring, earthwalking, even if we haven't been using this space to organize ourselves. It's totally cool to hear from other w(a)nderers. be well.
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2012-11-07 01:32 pm (UTC)
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