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Riding with Strangers

A Hitchhiker's Journey

Elijah Wald

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This fascinating tale of the author's cross-country hitchhiking journey is a captivating look into the pleasures and challenges of the open road. As the miles roll by he meets businessmen, missionaries, conspiracy theorists, and truck drivers from all ages and ethnicities who are eager to open their car doors to a wandering stranger. This memoir uncovers the hidden reality that the United States remains hospitable, quirky, and as ready as ever to offer help to a curious traveler. Demonstrating how hitchhiking can be the ultimate in adventure travel—a thrilling exploration of both people and scenery—this guide also serves as a hitchhiker's reference, sharing the history behind this communal form of travel while touching on roadside lore and philosophy.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jan 16, 2006 – There are those who travel just to get somewhere, and those who value the journey as much as (or more than) the destination. Wald (Narcocorrido) is fervently in the latter camp. He declares early on in this celebration of hitchhiking that while the voyage is enlightening, the people one meets along the way enhance the journey; hitchhiking is a method of traveling that is "a perfect antidote to alienation." Wald's book tracks his cross-country ramble from Boston to the Pacific Northwest, a trip he makes seem easy and, at times, unexciting. Wald describes his more personable encounters, explaining that the immigrant truckers—like Martina, a chatty, 30-something Czech—were more likely to pick up hitchers. While working his way west, Wald passes along a thumbnail history of hitching, as well as a few pointers for those keen on practicing this mostly lost art: dress in a clean and unthreatening manner, chat up drivers at rest stops instead of sticking out your thumb on the interstate, don't expect an SUV to pull over for you and avoid Nebraska, lest you wind up joining the "stripped and desiccated bones of myriad marooned wayfarers."
Riding with Strangers
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  • $17.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: May 01, 2006
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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