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(Some Guy)   Two guys hitchhiking 50 states in 50 days. Includes GPS location of their current location   (hitch50.com) divider line
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18048 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Oct 2006 at 5:27 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2006-10-09 3:04:47 AM  
I wish I was young and free from responsibility to do something like this.
 
2006-10-09 3:05:35 AM  
Now that their website is up, they can just stop in to see what location their location is in.
 
2006-10-09 3:14:31 AM  
I think it's pretty cool. Reminds me of the guy who wandered around the world dancing.
 
2006-10-09 3:24:04 AM  
This could be quite useful information, as I like picking up hitchhikers and severing their limbs from their torsos.
 
2006-10-09 3:30:36 AM  
Sissy Hankshaw is not impressed.

Well, maybe a little.
 
2006-10-09 4:06:36 AM  
Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.
 
2006-10-09 4:10:32 AM  
How did they hitchhike to the 2 states off the coast of Mexico?

You know, Alaska and Hawaii?

Oh that's right, there's the bridges to nowhere.
 
2006-10-09 4:31:12 AM  
totalsecurity: You know, Alaska and Hawaii?

Oh that's right, there's the bridges to nowhere.


Hey fool, there's a landmass called Canada somewhere that connects Alaska to the rest of the U.S.
 
2006-10-09 4:46:41 AM  
Sounds like fun. Wish I had the time off of work to try something like that, but then again I'd probably end up in some crazy dude's freezer.
 
2006-10-09 5:30:15 AM  
yeah just wait till they get into the desert...

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2006-10-09 5:42:14 AM  
totalsecurity: You know, Alaska and Hawaii?

Oh that's right, there's the bridges to nowhere.

Hey fool, there's a landmass called Canada somewhere that connects Alaska to the rest of the U.S.


I happen to live in Hawaii, and I have never seen any such landmass anywhere called "Canada" that "connects Alaska to the rest of the U.S."

Please point me in the right direction, since I can see no landmasses connecting Hawaii (which is part of the rest of the U.S.) to anywhere, including Canada, Alaska, and Mars.
 
2006-10-09 5:44:19 AM  
Seems like a viral to me.
- they're on fark before they've even started
- they have like 10 feeds set up already
- win a free vacation to CA or HA if you pick 'em up
- too polished: myspace/facebook, own web domain (not blog site), logo, only a typo or two, bio written like these guys were actors on a tv show or something

I don't buy it. If it's not a viral these guys are planning on selling cafepress stuff once they get enough attention
 
2006-10-09 5:45:13 AM  
How will they hitchhike to Hawaii? Are they counting on someone in California to just give them a plane ticket?

Just hope they remember that danger of bringing back snakes from Hawaii on board your plane.

Me, personally, if I was going to do it, it would be 50 state capitals in 100 days. Those big states would require more time to get through.
 
2006-10-09 5:48:58 AM  
Please point me in the right direction, since I can see no landmasses connecting Hawaii (which is part of the rest of the U.S.) to anywhere, including Canada, Alaska, and Mars.

Well that's an odd request, because nobody said a land mass connects Hawaii to anything.
 
2006-10-09 5:52:01 AM  
Okay first off has anyone on this forum hitchiked before?

Seriously, like to more than just the local PuPu Pantry for some spam and eggs (hawaii kine joke, right bra')

It takes a damn long time, shiat it can be hard to drive some states in a day. Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Alaska... I just came back from a cross country road trip where we did three days from Cali to Michi, petal to the medal Baby! But if you dont have a car, and your trying to get to a certain point. Well then its good luck to these poor saps.

/Hopes they brought gloves for Michi, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Cause how can you hitchike after having your thumbs amputated for frostbite?

// Lives in Hawaii, and personally if they could make 50 capitals in 50 days I would fly one of them to Honolulu. Ya know for a good breakfast of Spam and Eggs. What else?
 
2006-10-09 5:53:19 AM  
coretnor: Well that's an odd request, because nobody said a land mass connects Hawaii to anything.

*sigh*

Points up ^ towards monty666's post

/mea culpa, for not including the original perpetrator's name
 
2006-10-09 5:56:15 AM  
Dumbasses, Hawaii HAS Interstate highways, so of course they can hitch there. Like, duh!

//coffee not working yet, still cranky
 
2006-10-09 5:59:25 AM  
Includes GPS location of their current location

Kim Jong Nuke-ularity in 3...2...1...
 
2006-10-09 6:02:10 AM  
How are they going to hitchhike to Juneau, Alaska (the state capital)? There aren't any roads going there -- which really cuts down on car thefts.
 
2006-10-09 6:04:40 AM  
from faq

Question 1: How are you planning to get to Alaska and Hawaii?

The big question most people want to know is how we're going to get to Alaska and Hawaii. So far, we have no idea. But that's what this project is about really; relying on the kindness of strangers. So it only takes one or two awesome people to come up with a scheme to get us to those two states (two of our favorites by the way). We figure if we only need one or two people out of the 6 billion people in the world, the odds are in our favor.
 
2006-10-09 6:06:32 AM  
What if some guy that has nothing to do for a while picked them up at Times Square and drove them to all the states just to ruin their project?
 
2006-10-09 6:07:57 AM  
FuzzySkinner: So it only takes one or two awesome people to come up with a scheme

ummm...oh. So much for My idea. heh
 
2006-10-09 6:09:04 AM  
Yeah definetly viral.
The bio's don't give any background for the actors, no school (even though they just graduated) or home town (they've known each other for 12 years), 2.7 Million page views for a page that's existed for 2 weeks and the 'About' section sounds like they're trying to sell me a magic bullet.
Looks like that gps company is behind it.

50 days for 50 states is unrealistic anyway, the profile says one of the guys has done it before and if that was true they'd know better. They'll probably have a company car following in case they can't get a ride so they stay on schedule.
 
2006-10-09 6:13:57 AM  
Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.
 
2006-10-09 6:15:40 AM  
Viral attempt: One of the guys (Scotty) is the brother of the "one red paperclip guy" - probably a book deal in the works.
 
2006-10-09 6:20:38 AM  
These guys are going to have to give a lot of BJs...
 
2006-10-09 6:53:20 AM  
Still don't think it's possible to hitchhike to Hawaii. (In Hawaii, ok, but too Hawaii--no.

Hitchhiking involves getting someone who is en route somewhere to see your signal and stop and pick you up. Seeing as how I don't think any airport that has flights to Hawaii is going to let them stand next to the runway with their thumbs pointed skyward and how I doubt any pilots are going to be willing to land their jets on the highway to give these tools a lift, I think they'll only even be able to set foot in 49 states and if the capitals of the states are their targets I think that Alaska would be out as well. So they're just setting themselves up for failure. Wonder if they're going to off themselves if they fail...

Also, it's not hitchhiking if you're lining your rides up on the internet; if the person driving up the road expects to see you and give you a lift it isn't hitchhiking. If you take the randomness out of it it isn't special anymore. It'd be like going to Europe and buying a railpass and then coming home and telling everyone you hitched around europe. No, you didn't. STFU.
 
2006-10-09 6:54:22 AM  
- one o on that too.
 
2006-10-09 7:10:57 AM  
abdul: Now that their website is up, they can just stop in to see what location their location is in.

Gold.
 
2006-10-09 7:29:04 AM  
Wow. These guys are the ghey.
 
2006-10-09 7:30:05 AM  
Somewhere, I hear a psycho with a hook for a hand click-click-clicking on the F5 button of their GPS status page when they get near his gloomy and deserted stretch of highway.

/either that, or a BangBus episode I really want to miss
 
2006-10-09 7:45:33 AM  
Article on Fark in a few days: "Two hitchhikers found dead and mutilated in a ditch in rural Oklahoma"...
 
2006-10-09 8:00:37 AM  
Shenanigans. We eat our dead, here.

/kidding?
 
2006-10-09 8:07:30 AM  
I won't stop for a hitch hiker, unless she is teh hawt
I can't see most people stopping for two male hikers.
 
2006-10-09 8:18:28 AM  
tsunami2001: I won't stop for a hitch hiker, unless she is teh hawt

Yea, my uncle was the same way until he found himself tied up at gun point. Seems this hottie had a friend in the bushes. Lost his wallet and car neither where found.


/He is fine.
//Won't stop for hitchhikers anymore
 
2006-10-09 8:21:43 AM  
bring bail money for arkansas
 
2006-10-09 8:47:02 AM  
Regarding Hawaii....

Did they say 50 American states? There are states in Mexico, ya know.
 
2006-10-09 8:47:50 AM  
Mcaffolder: Okay first off has anyone on this forum hitchiked before? Seriously, like to more than just the local PuPu Pantry for some spam and eggs

In May 80 I hitched from NW Indiana to Boston in 26 hours flat. Trucker picked me up in Buffalo and dropped me 5 miles from my destination. Stayed overnight to visit some friends, and hitched back (four days).

Starting a year later in May 81, I hitched a total of about 17,000 miles over the next 2 years, in a rough triangle between Florida, NW Indiana and Mass. My thoughts about the time, and hitchiking nowadays, are here.

Can they hitch to 50 states? Sure. Could they do them all in 50 days? No farkin way.
 
2006-10-09 9:07:59 AM  
DeathRay,

I hitched all over in the mid 70's. This is not the same. When you have 15 websites promoting your journey in 2006, you're not exactly out there by yourself with just your thumb and your pack. So, this is not your Dad's, or Jack Kerouac'shiatchin'. Welcome to the prepackaged 21st century published while it happens adventure. Looks like fun, and hope they do it, but when I went from DC to SF and back in the summer of '74, nobody knew where I was for days on end. Personally, that was one of the things I liked about it. Being off the 'grid' for periods of time is a very nice break. Plus you can travel 1000 miles and spend a few bucks, so the financial benefits are substantial. However, running into crazy people is guaranteed. Riding into Bakersfield from Albuquerque and spending the nite with some edgy 'biker types' when one of their buddies shows up drugged up and waving a gun around, for example. He then pointed it at me, and said.."I could blow your head off right now..". Someone had stolen his TV. It wasn't me, and I kept my head. Then again, the experience was more than worth it all.

50 in 50, seems do-able. You can cover the whole Eastern Seaboard in a few days. Just gettin' to Hawaii is gonna take some help.

Good luck, intrepid little WebHikers.

/The bar in Wichita Falls was a little scary.
//Drunken maniacs in Cheyenne, too...
 
2006-10-09 9:53:33 AM  
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2006-10-09 9:56:45 AM  
StewPie: I hitched all over in the mid 70's. This is not the same. When you have 15 websites promoting your journey in 2006, you're not exactly out there by yourself with just your thumb and your pack. So, this is not your Dad's, or Jack Kerouac'shiatchin'. Welcome to the prepackaged 21st century published while it happens adventure.

Yeah I hadn't thought of that amgle (or RTFA, either). Kinda re-defines the "pick up a hitchiker" concept when you've already been to his website, read his whole mission statement, and find out he'll be in your little town tomorrow. As opposed to pulling over for the 6'-6" longhair guy you've never seen before, out in the middle of nowhere.

when I went from DC to SF and back in the summer of '74, nobody knew where I was for days on end. Personally, that was one of the things I liked about it. Being off the 'grid' for periods of time is a very nice break.

That was positively the best. There develops a certain level of Zen calm after you've been out there for a few days. When the Cadillac blows by at 30 mph and the blue-haired old lady is desperately slapping down the doorlock while glaring in sheepy fear at you, after you've been standing in the 40-degree rain for a few hours, you either find a way to completely blow the frustration and offense off, or you will lose your mind. I found it to be an absolutely instructive experience, and regret not a day of it.

Well, wait--

running into crazy people is guaranteed.

Yeah, I could do without sitting in a rural Tennessee jail for a month, after getting a ride by a kid driving a car that (turns out) he'd stolen from his gf's parents the night before. And then, after getting out, discovering they'd towed the car back to FL with all my stuff-- backpack, bedsack, clothes, everything-- still in the trunk. Thanks, um, officers.
 
2006-10-09 10:02:23 AM  
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't hitchhiking illegal?

Not sure if it is a state by state thing, but I know it is illegal in some places. Trying to protect the out thumbed populace from those limb chopper uppers. . . .
 
2006-10-09 10:07:10 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2006-10-09 10:10:46 AM  
Gonna have to go with Rottndude on this one. At some point I am guessing we will see thier GPS stop moving and some press all over a backwoods town of Alabama or what not.
 
2006-10-09 10:27:52 AM  
Don't Panic
 
2006-10-09 10:35:09 AM  
farked
 
2006-10-09 10:35:10 AM  
greenpants: Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't hitchhiking illegal? Not sure if it is a state by state thing, but I know it is illegal in some places.

Hitching is verboden on every interstate I went across. Mr State Trooper sez, "You just march your little fanny back up to the top of the ramp, and get off my highway pal". No pedestrians on the highway.

Other than that, I don't think it's illegal per se, but I suppose a cop on a slow day could hassle a motorist for pulling over-- non-emergency stopping, or something.
 
2006-10-09 10:37:40 AM  
http://www.digihitch.com/usa428.html (pops) has a good breakdown of hitchhiking laws in the USA.
 
2006-10-09 10:42:48 AM  
And let's not forget about this:

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2006-10-09 10:52:41 AM  
They are gonna have to suck a lot of cock.
 
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