Feature Story Tuesday June 28, 2016
A Rule of Thumb
The dying art of hitchhiking
James waits for a ride on the Highway 1 on-ramp Saturday morning. He was headed back to New West where he said he was from.
a hitchhiker, every road goes somewhere. But, some get on it and don't care
where they end up.
However, even with all those nice people around, if you did enough hitchhiking, eventually you'd come across a negative ride. We can't forget there were serial killers out there too. Clifford Robert Olsen roamed the highways in the 70s looking for his victims.
These days you don't see too many hardy souls sticking their thumbs out. It's difficult to say why not. If there is just a general lack of trust, or that more accessible modes of travel are available nowadays. There weren't even BC Hydro buses in Port Coquitlam in 1970.
There's the social aspect to it. Some drivers
will pull over just because they want company and someone to gab with.
You'll find the road is filled with charm and character.
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