- I've made it about 1800 miles along a route that's really about the journey.
- My best guess is that I walked around 60 of those miles, or about three percent.
- I figure I spent about 60 hours between walking, standing and riding, about twice what Google estimated it should take to drive.
- I really don't like standing. I get bored quickly and end up walking, even when my feet hurt.
- I had between 6 and 10 rides each day with an average of about 45 miles per ride.
- Longest ride. - About two hundred miles from Missoula MT to Spokane WA.
- Shortest ride. - About 1/4 mile to the edge of town.
- Rides from truckers - Zero. A lot of them waved apologetically, I think most trucking companies must have rules against picking up hitchhikers now.
- Rides from women. - More than 1/4 of them. This surprised me since I rarely got rides from women on previous trips. Almost every one of them said something to the effect of "I don't normally pick up hitch hikers but you looked alight".
- Rides from families with kids in the car. - Three.
- Rides from people driving trucks and SUVs? - More than 1/2 of them.
- Rides form people driving Hybrids or other 35+ mpg cars - Zero. (You effectively cut your carbon footprint in half if you double the occupancy, right?). I don't believe anyone owes a hitchhiker a ride, I just find this ironic.
- Worst location to get a ride. - The bottom of a valley with long steep hills on both sides. (The Triassic Period)
- Best State to get a ride. - Idaho, I never had to walk even 15 minutes.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The trip so far
A few stats on the trip so far: