Category Archives: hitchhiking

41 BLANCO STREET AUSTIN by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late-winter of 1975 I drove a blind piano-tuner from Miami Beach to the East Texas in a Delta 88. Everyone at the Sea Breeze Hotel on Collins Avenue had warned me about Old Bill’s driving. I thought that the old coots had been kidding, but outside of La Grange on Route 71 the […]

Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

In the winter of 1975 I hitchhiked west from Miami Beach along Alligator Alley. Rides weren’t easy for the first thirty miles. Finally a fruit farmer from Naples gave me a ride through the southern tip of the Everglades. Little, but swamp lined the four-lane highway. No snow birds from the Northeast or Canada wanted […]

AMONG THE REDWOODS by Peter Nolan Smith

The June sun burned off the mist haunting Monterey harbor. A lone fishing boat motored to sea. Sailing boats bobbed in its wake and pleasure craft wavered in their slips, however the only sign of life that morning along Ocean View Avenue were two cats fighting over a mangled fish carcass. Overfishing in the 1940s […]

WHEELS OF FIRE by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late summer of 1971 my college friend Paul Deseret and I were hitchhiking from Boston to San Francisco. Our friends were living in the Haight. They were girls. I had had sex with one of them and sleeping with Marilyn again was enough of a reason to cross a continent, especially since neither […]

Valley Of Pot

August 1972 was five years past San Francisco’s Summer of Love. A college friend from Crane’s Beach and I had hitchhiked from Boston to the West Coast in 45 hours. A mutual girlfriend, Marilyn, was hostessing topless at a Barbary Coast strip club. 3 months’ tips paid a year’s tuition. After a few hugs and […]