This week we hiked the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, got involved at a Trump rally and made our way to Washington DC! We got a free coffee by volunteering at a coffee shop and free beer for telling a joke! Whey! Thank you so much to everyone that helped us out this week ❤ Continue reading “Week 17: Thank You.”
This week began with frustrating hitchhiking but ended in a beautiful apartment in Miami for Sarah’s BIRTHDAY!
Hitchhiking becomes stressful when you have a time limit and with only one day in Atlanta, the pressure was on to get there as fast as possible…
There’s not a huge amount of people to thank this week, but the people we are thanking made a huge impact on our trip. (Yes, even Mitch the bartender!)
When you’re on the road for 20 weeks, constantly thinking about where you’re going to sleep and how you’re going to get there and what you’re going to eat and how many people you’ll meet on the way, it’s nice to take a few days to chill out sometimes. That’s exactly what Rand and Jonathan allowed us to do in Flagstaff, and it was only at the end of Week 12 we actually managed to move on to our next destination…Albuquerque.
This week we travelled down Route 1 from Big Sur down to San Diego.
We’d realised that contrary to our expectations, California is NOT easy to hitch and although this popular route is flooded with tourists, they are mostly American tourists raised to fear hitchhikers, not hippies as we’d imagined to find along this route.
We split week nine into two parts because so many people helped us this week! We managed to remember a few more names for the second part of this week…
The week of no names. We feel terrible when we don’t remember people’s names. You might think “why don’t you write them down!” and I’m not making excuses but this week we had a lot of rides, we ate very little and we slept very little, and it was extremely hot.
This is a week of people doing more; of going out of their way, of inviting us to stay, of strangers reaching out to us and offering us dinner, of new friends offering us a place to stay further on in the trip.
Put your fate in the hands of a stranger and they just might surprise you. People are kind, people are generous and people want to help.
We often feel like we’re walking a tightrope with this trip.
At the end of the day, we have an aim: all 48 states in 5 months, without spending a single cent along the way. It’s tough, and it takes trial and error, but we sometimes wonder where the line is between resourcefulness and manipulation.
The generosity of people this week has been mind blowing. There’s times when we feel a little worn out, a little anxious about who our next ride or host is going to be, but weeks like this make it all worthwhile.
Everyone has an opinion on places to see and places to skip in the states (and around the world!), and lots of people had said that there ‘wasn’t much in the Dakotas’. If we weren’t doing this trip we may have been inclined to believe them, but by embracing whatever comes our way and setting out to see all the states, including the ones that others think we should miss, we’ve really been opened up to such beauty in so many unexpected places.
Without further ado, a thank you to some of the beautiful people in those beautiful places.