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... for about 10 minutes. I was walking into town, and suddenly got the urge to try it. It was kind of weird at first, especially because I was so close to town [usually people hitchhike on highways], but I actually wanted to get picked up just for the thrill. I didnt get picked up but I feel like the next time I try it will be easier. I plan on trying it from now on whenever I can, maybe I wont have to pay for the bus anymore.
If you tried for about 10 minutes, there is a slim chance of getting a ride. I suspect you didn't have a backpack of some sort nor did you have a place to go. The more ideal situation for hitchhiking is getting to the edge of town and find the entrance ramp to the major highway. No one is going to pick you up in the city... Whether you are heading North, South, East, or West, you have to get to that side of the on ramp. A sign really helps a lot too so people know you're not loony and you are literate. Of course, even with being prepared, expect to wait somewhere between a half hour to four hours. It isn't as easy as it was back in the day.
I am going to attempt some hitchhiking trips this summer, in Vermont. Its considered by many people to be the safest state for it. Although I'm still nervous. The idea of getting into a random car is kind of weird. I did a little bit of hitchhiking into towns last year on the Appalachian Trail, and I thought it was fun. But it was kind of different because its normal to see AT hikers near the trail.
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