Monthly Archives: July 2018

ON THE ROAD / Kerouac’s Map 1947

Click on map to enlarge. This map from Jack Kerouac’s diary detailed his hitchhiking across the USA in 1947. His itinerary includes more stops than the classic hit ROUTE 66 sung originally by Nat King Cole. New York City, Chicago, Davenport Des Moines, North Platte, Cheyenne, Denver, Laramie, Salt Lake, Reno, San Francisco, Madera, Fresno, […]

A Painter Painting a Picture

Hitchhiking was a good way to travel between Boston and Montreal in the early 1970s. The 400 miles of I-89 was one of the East Coast’s most scenic highway, slanting across New Hampshire and Vermont to Lake Champlain then into Quebec. It was a great trip from start to finish. In August of 1971 I […]

BACK AND FORTH BY PETER NOLAN SMITH CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES

The Arborway trolley rattled on the Centre Street tracks toward Forest Hills. Two longhaired men and a young blonde woman in a peasant dress sat on the wooden seats of the near-empty streetcar. Each had a travel bag at their feet. Sean Coll unfolded a map of America and his New York friend pointed to […]

George, Washington 1972

Back in late August 1972 my college friend Ptrov Sinski and I hitchhiked west from Seattle. A rancher left us off at exit 149, serving George, Washington, a small farming community surrounded by endless fields of ripening wheat. The two of us ignored the sign forbidding hitchhiking, but within ten minutes a Highway Patrol car […]

Hitchhiker Chicks

Hippie chicks hitchhiking are cool. Ax murderers are uncool.