Hitchhiking – Good Way to Start Off a Trip?

day one…

Here I am on day one of my Southeast Asia trip. Who knew I’d be hitchhiking from Vernon to Kamloops today. It took three hours to get picked up which left me  surprised. I figured I looked clean cut enough to get picked up within thirty minutes or less. Apparently I was wrong. Also it seemed there was an abundance of elderly drivers this afternoon, it made me feel like my chances were slim with this demographic. Either way, I made it 87 kilometres in a vehicle instead of walking.


My pack is heavier than I expected. I did have to walk almost 10 km throughout the day and my shoulders and legs are feeling it for sure. I weighed my bag before I left and it was 47 pounds with the carry on. This did not seem heavy to me then, however it does now. I’m sure it’ll get easier as I go, it’s probly just muscles I haven’t used for a while.

Today was eventful to say the least

I first had to tie up all my loose ends in Vernon before getting dropped off on the highway to hitch a ride. I had to cancel my insurance and park my van at my sisters. Then she gave me a ride to a good spot on the highway for me to set up thumb. After what seemed like an eternity, a firefighter from Vernon offered me a ride to Kamloops. This renewed my faith in good humans.

Upon arrival in Kamloops he said he would bring me to the Greyhound station after he ran a couple errands. I complied and we set out to accomplish his tasks. He then took me to bus station to see when the next bus to Vancouver was leaving. There was one bus leaving at that exact same moment so I rushed outside to stop the bus. I asked if he would wait five minutes for me to buy a ticket. He denied my offer and said to take the next bus.

The next scheduled bus for is for 4:00 am and I figured I could get picked up hitchhiking before the bus would get here. I tried for over an hour until the sun went away and the rain clouds started forming. Back into town I came to get the last hour of wifi at Starbucks before they closed. I will make my way back to the Greyhound station to patiently wait for the next bus in the morning.

To wrap this up, I would say hitchhiking is an exciting way to start a trip. I wouldn’t use this method as your first choice, but it works when needed. All in all it was a learning experience for me. I now have the true backpackers hitchhiking notch on my belt. Thanks for reading , I’ll post again once I’m in Thailand! One Love

Jonny D

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