I stole this from another thread that was unrelated, and thus probably largely ignored by most folks.
I really think it needed its own tread, as it's a good topic. Thanks, Roff.
Love the old hitchhiking days of the late 70s, my cousin and I would hitchhike a few times a month from the west suburbs of Cleveland to our girlfriends houses Past perry Ohio almost PA border that we met at cedar point amusement park,
We would stay out there for the weekend for about 4-5 months until we broke up with them
We both had old not really reliable for the highway low ratio axle performance cars (340 dart and 383 fury) that took expensive 1.20 + a gallon Sunoco 93.5 octane, just there and back would be 25+$ in gas A lot of money at that time
My cousin being a part time dishwasher for minimum-wage and me though making 40% more money per hr I only worked 25 hours a week at that time, I couldn’t foot the bill Plus have any money to spend on the girls and such plus live all week, my girlfriend had use of her parents car once we got there but we would have to pay to put gas in it,
We tried to ride dubs on my 175 Kawasaki which ended in aborted trip so we hitched hiked about a dozen times out that way there friday afternoon/eve and Sunday morn back with just a bag of change of clothes a towel, a blanket and a couple other things,
Only two times we got somebody that was crazy, but we still made it to our destinations there and back,
We Started on Clifton Blvd Cleveland border with thumbs up and sometimes we had a walk as far as Edgewater Park cleveland only a few mi away before someone stopped
We’d get picked up most times pretty quick, getting at least halfway to our destination on first ride,
We loved getting picked up with somebody with PA license plates because they literally would drop us off a half a mi away from the girls houses that both lived on the same street many times take us right to their houses,
I and another friend hitchhiked to Mohican wilderness and that was kinda a disaster, because all our camping gear got wet in the canoe tipping over and it was pouring rain and no one wanted to pick up people and gear all wet and took us 14hrs to get near enough home to get picked up,(edited)