Is hitchhiking in the United States completely redundant? I wanted to hitchike from Philly to Chicago.

Is hitchhiking in the United States completely redundant? I wanted to hitchike from Philly to Chicago. I just packed my backpack took a train out of town to a good on ramp and then backed out. I always wanted to try hitchiking when I was younger but once I got to that dirty highway i just started to feel like this is really stupid especially since I am 26 years old now and should be focusing on my career and have also already driven across the entire US from coast to coast. Is this pointless? Seems like I can already expect what I'm gonna see since I'm so familiar with the US by now. It's just gonna be a shity way to get to Chicago since plane tickets aren't too expensive right now. The only thing I feel like I'm gonna get out of this is that it make me feel more like a man by doing something adventurous.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Feel more like a man by volunteering at a homeless shelter or give back to your community in general.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Good idea

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My "community" can go frick itself to be honest

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You'll grow out of it kiddo.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          No he want.

          t. 41 y/o, still despising humanity.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You ever notice that all normgroid "advice" always boils down to you giving other people your time or resources?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hitchhiking is basically impossible these days. No one will stop and everyone will assume youre an escaped convict. Not to mention cops will arrest you for it as its illegal almost everywhere in the states.

        If you want adventure consider doing partial parts of the big hiking routes in the US. Pacifc Crest Trail for example. Theres an equivlent in thr appalacians but I dont reccomend it, unless you want lyme disease. Or you could fly to euorpe and follow some ancient pilgramge trail.

        They realize subconciously that their only value in existing is producing wealth for people who actually have souls, but they are often conned by israelites. So they have to project this onto non normies and autists because they cant stamd seeing people with souls who are also not getting exploted by israelites

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Not to mention cops will arrest you for it as its illegal almost everywhere in the states.
          It's not quite THAT bad, but yeah, there are many places where it is illegal, and often will be winked at unless the cops want to hassle you for other reasons ans hitching gives them an excuse. Know the rules in the place that you are.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm currently hitching the states, caught in some bad weather and browsing SighSee while I wait. Trying to find work atm.

          This hasn't been my experience, cops usually don't give a flying duck, never had legal issues, over 100 rides and I'd say 95% of them have been great

          Just hop trains if you want to scum out and get into your feels bro.
          You will feel way more alive.

          Trains are noisy, require earplugs if you don't want your hearing to go to shit. The culture around it is mostly deadheads and heroin addicts, not to mention you don't get to really stop and check things out if something interests you. Legal issues are also to be expected.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You ever realize every incel's advice is to travel in order to escape their banal existences?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yes because that makes society a better place you fricking moron chud

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Your time and resources aren't worth anything if you only keep them to yourself. What you do for yourself dies with you, the good you do for your community lasts for as long as the community lives.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Stop moralizing

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sheesh now I'm having an existential crisis. Story of my life. Horrible at making decisions.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    So does anyone here have any legitimate experiences to share about hitchiking?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sorry no, I can afford transportation.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If you are not enthusiastic about the prospect of spending hours in close proximity to a weirdo driver, you shouldn't be hitchhiking.
      Put Pittsburgh on your sign instead of Chicago, you're more likely to find someone headed there.
      You could hop a freight train if you want adventure outside the bounds of normie approved travel behavior.

      I've hopped in a few strangers' cars back in the day when they offered me a ride, but I never stuck out a thumb.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      People who pick up tend to be oddballs. Grungy punk types, hardcore rednecks, religious types who want to convert you, normal bored people who just want to chat (they do still exist). Men looking for sex apparently exist too, regardless of your gender, but I've never met one.

      why is it never girls hitchhiking?

      I picked up a nice Russian girl several years ago. We chatted, I dropped her off outside Lynchburg.

      >Not to mention cops will arrest you for it as its illegal almost everywhere in the states.
      It's not quite THAT bad, but yeah, there are many places where it is illegal, and often will be winked at unless the cops want to hassle you for other reasons ans hitching gives them an excuse. Know the rules in the place that you are.

      It's illegal in six states and pretty much unenforceable even in those (just another "frick poor people" law in the same vein as vagrancy and loitering). That said, rural and suburban pigs will absolutely hassle you anywhere if they see you out in the open and think they can get away with it. It's a big part of why I neither hitch nor bike in public.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >in the same vein as vagrancy and loitering)
        Imagine if they enforced this
        >nor bike in public
        Huh??

        My grandfather lived in Ocala florida in a small town. His 80 year old next door neighbor picked up a hitchhiker and the dude shot him to death and robbed him for $20. The old man was super religious and definitely would have given him the money if he had asked. Hitchhiking is stupid and unsafe, but picking up hitchhikers is suicidal.

        What was the ethnic persuasion of this gentleman

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I've done quite a bit of hitchhiking in the US but mostly hiking/backpacking related (resupply trips to town or getting back to my car after a one way trip). Some town-to-town trips too but never tried cross country. Never had a bad experience but sometimes I had to wait a long time before getting picked up. The people who live along the long distance trails are used to hitchhikers and are more willing. In Turkey and Laos I was always picked up within the first 3 vehicles, was faster than taxi and cheaper plus met some interesting folks that way. My biggest advice is to smile and pick a spot on the road that is easy and safe for the driver to pull over.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why is it never girls hitchhiking?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Because they all have men and families to pay for them to fly first class to a tourist destination.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Dude… you know the answer.

      I’m a pretty moral, polite person, but I probably couldn’t help myself if a vulnerable attractive woman was at my whim to get to her destination. I’ll leave it at that.

      A random girl from Indiana followed my mutual friends back home from a music festival and me and her had a fling. Let’s just say when I was fricking her I created this story in my head as though she was some naive girl who I took back home with me on the side of the ro-………

      Made the sex way better tehe

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I’m a pretty moral, polite person
        You're not quite as moral as you seem to think you are.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I’m a pretty moral, polite person
        lol this is what christ gays are actually like

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If hitchhiking is too big of a leap, you could take an Amtrak train from Philly to Chicago (maybe by way of NYC if not directly). That's kind of an adventure in itself.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >i want to be free...

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hitched all up and down the west coast back in the mid-00's when I was living at a hippy school / commune in northern California. We did it because the school didn't have enough cars. It was a fun way to get around and meet people so long as there wasn't a tight deadline to arrive somewhere, but, when we later bought more cars, we did a lot less hitching.

    I think the coolest ride I got was when a former madam picked up my girlfriend and me just outside of Seattle in a V12 Jag and drove us at 100+ MPH the whole way down to our exit in northern California while hotboxing us.

    My longest trip was after getting kicked out (boring internal drama) when I hitched solo all the way back home to Dallas with only $20 in my pocket. It took about a week, but thanks to cool people I met on the road and experience gained at the school, I still had some money left when I arrived.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just hop trains if you want to scum out and get into your feels bro.
    You will feel way more alive.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My grandfather lived in Ocala florida in a small town. His 80 year old next door neighbor picked up a hitchhiker and the dude shot him to death and robbed him for $20. The old man was super religious and definitely would have given him the money if he had asked. Hitchhiking is stupid and unsafe, but picking up hitchhikers is suicidal.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not a great idea in a low trust society.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I did it in various countries half for fun half because I could reach places I couldn't without. I don't even have a driver license so it's not like I can rent a car.
    I wouldn't do it in the US I guess.
    Switzerland, Ireland and Japan were very nice places to do it and I want to cross at least half of Japan at some time. Low wait time, they sometimes even did a U-turn to pick me and then dropped me wherever I needed.

    Having my gf with me reduces the wait time by 90% usually. Both white and early 30s.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Man you've got some really shitty advice.

    I've hitchhiked coast to coast so I can most definitely attest to the fact that it is possible to hitchhike. Only thing is you should be prepared to wait between 1-3hours so don't give up because you don't get picked up in 20 mins, you will definitely get picked up it's just a matter of being patient.

    Good thing is that the only people that pick up hitchhikers in the US today are genuinely the nicest people of society and hitchhiking in my experience has been the best way of meeting genuinely kind and interesting people which are hard to come by these days.

    But you shouldn't do it because you want to feel more like a man because hitchhiking forces you to depend on others and being a man is about accepting responsibility and being dependable. If you want to be a man learn a skill that can benefit the community or join the army. Hitchhiking is purely for the fun of meeting random people and seeing different parts of the country although I would recommend doing in the western portion of the country instead.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unless you’re a women putting out you might find it difficult to find people willing to drive you anywhere. Hitchhiking was big before people knew about the interstate killer. And now we even have Uber so people won’t feel bad enough to stop and help you. Risk is too high. You might get stranded somewhere and have to walk some long miles to get anywhere. But if you’re OK with a mix of backpacking and hitchhiking go for it. You’ll be dirt poor and be careful you don’t freeze to death in the winter months. Another option of transportation is by train if you’re brave enough to ride the tracks, there is a whole society dedicated to stowing away on freight trains.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've stopped and picked people up a few times. They've never been people I've wanted to hang out with. They're usually some kind of junkie, drunk or druggie, often an American Indian off his reservation that's been on a 10 day bender until he got a night in jail or ran out of money. Often they'll be hungry and want you to buy them food, or will want a significant deviation from your route. Sometimes they're the occasional hippy backpacker but they're usually insufferable too and will want to do things like smoke weed in my car or make stops so they can buy drugs. I don't pick them up anymore.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Never really had an issue, but I drive shitty old trucks, and make them ride in back.
      You just make it very clear "This is where I am going, nowhere else".

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